Notes for intervention at November 7th
meeting of the Special Committee on Inter-American Summits Management
Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development
Comisión Especial sobre Gestión de Cumbres
7 de noviembre de 2000
Mr. Chairman, as you and the members of this Committee
well know, the Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development which
I am representing today, is a subsidiary body of the Inter-American
Council for Integral Development (CIDI). CIDI has established a
comprehensive structure for sectoral policy dialogue at the ministerial
and senior official level in many of the thematic areas of the Santiago
Summit Plan of Action which can be readily mobilized by the Member States
as part of the new archictecture that could be established in the OAS in
future for supporting the implementation of Summit mandates.
I would like to make a few observations on the natural
synergy that exists between the topic of today’s meeting – realizing
human potential and connectivity -- and the Agency’s mandates.
The business of the Agency is the promotion and
management of technical cooperation between the countries of the
hemisphere. Technical cooperation, by definition, focuses on people
-- whether by developing their skills, improving their quality of life and
incomes, strengthening their institutions, or promoting exchanges of
experience and learning between them. Secondly, the new generation
of technical cooperation in the information age and the knowledge based
economy, places special emphasis on instruments that promote
connectivity. Thirdly, technical cooperation involves practical
activities in which partnership building between governments,
regional institutions, the business sector, and non-governmental actors
can be strengthened. Fourthly, the Agency has been given a particular
mandate to promote closer relationships between national cooperation
entities of the OAS Member States, as well as closer collaboration
between the technical cooperation activities of the institutions of the
The Agency will support Summit implementation through
its extensive knowledge and outreach with respect to the hemisphere’s
development needs and international public and private sector capabilities
to meet them. It is committed to improving the quality of multilateral
technical cooperation and to strengthening and diversifying the financing
and partnerships involved in such activity.
The priority themes and sectors of activity for the
Agency’s programs are set in the four year CIDI Strategic Plan. OAS
Member States have decided to approve the new Strategic Plan for 2002-2005
only after the Quebec Summit, in order to ensure its complementarity with
the priority areas that will be defined in the latter’s Plan of Action.
In addition, by focussing its efforts of collaboration with other
technical cooperation entities in the Member States on priority areas
coming out of the Quebec Summit, the effectiveness of the latter’s own
program effectiveness and relevance can be strengthened.
The Agency has now adopted its first Business Plan
which proposes new instruments for mobilizing additional and more
effective technical cooperation over the next few years. Many of these
instruments will be devoted to the supply of technical assistance services
that will coincide with areas of priority identified in the Summit Plan of
Action. These instruments are being specifically designed to engage
additional financing from new sources and identify the best practices that
have been engaged by our countries for their national development that
lend themselves to sharing technical cooperation with other countries.
Among these instruments, the Trust of the Americas, an autonomous NGO
Foundation closely associated with the Agency, is specifically helping to
find opportunities for greater involvement by the private sector in the
inter-American agenda and to create partnerships with Civil Society
Organizations of the hemisphere and in other regions of the world that are
active in the Americas.
With respect to Agency activities in support of the
Summit Baskets, while these will have to be defined in detail in the new
Strategic Plan, the Agency, through its Secretariat and the Trust of the
Americas believes that it will be actively supporting the implementation
of action under all three baskets of the Quebec Summit’s Plan of Action.
Morever, in all its activities, it will attempt to give special emphasis
to three overarching themes of the Summit: one, the hemispheric
integration process, through the promotion of practical functional
cooperation that optimizes the experience and capacity already developed
in member states; two, investment in human capital through skills training
and institutional capacity building; and three, incorporating wherever
possible in all of its programs new information and communications
technologies and practices that promote the "vital connections"
between the peoples of the hemisphere.
As we advance in the definition of our programs, the
Executive Secretariat looks forward to supporting and closely
collaborating with this Committee as it moves forward its own work in the
preparation of the forthcoming Summit.