A delegation from the “EU-Cuba Expert Exchange Programme II” holds meetings to find out about the different mechanisms and tools used in European international cooperation
Representatives of the “EU-Cuba Expert Exchange Programme II”,which is financed by the EU and managed by FIIAPP, visited Rome and Paris. The purpose of the visit was to organise meetings with institutions and international bodies to exchange experiences and good practices for attracting and managing projects, in addition to analysing possible future synergies and common interests between Cuba and the institutions visited.
One specific aim was for the participants from the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Trade (MINCEX)to get to know international techniques and practices for managing international cooperation funds and project evaluation formats and methods.
This activity comes in response to the need to increase the training of the country’s human capital, modernise public administration and decentralise some functions to the regions as part of Cuban local development policies, and create and promote the non-state sector.
In Rome meetings were held with institutions with powers over international cooperation on various levels, international (UN Agencies: IFAD and WFP), national (Italian Agency for Cooperation for Development), regional (Conference of Regions and Autonomous Cities) and local (National Association of Italian Municipalities), and specialised technical aid agencies(Italian-Latin American Institute).
Following this visit, the delegation travelled to Paris and meetings were held with, among others, the French Development Agency, the Cuba-France Cooperation Association and the Paris City Council General Delegation for International Relations.