European Union-Cuba Expertise Exchange (2016-2022), the second phase of the European Union's delegated cooperation programme in Cuba, concludes with a final meeting
The development of technologies to strengthen the public administration, the elaboration of strategies to outline public policies or the support to the equipment of institutions are some of the results achieved by the European Union programme led by the FIIAPP for the European Union-Cuba Expertise Exchange.
The official closing event took place in Havana, where the results of the programme achieved in its 66 months of development, in which a demand-based cooperation model has been consolidated and extended to different sectoral areas of public administration, were highlighted. The programme highlights the importance of the work carried out, as it has been able to capitalise on the exchange of experiences between Cuba and the European Union. Likewise, the programme has stood out for being a flexible technical collaboration mechanism aligned with Cuban priorities. Furthermore, it has been able to generate solutions and proposals for improvement in both directions, a recognition that is established as a milestone of the Political Dialogue Agreement (ADP).
The director of the FIIAPP, Anna Terrón, stressed that “the effective use by Cuban institutions of the exchange opportunities has led to results at different levels”. She also pointed out that this is “a programme recognised by Cuba and the EU as a successful example of the implementation of the Cuba-EU Political Dialogue Agreement”.
For its part, the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Trade and Investment (MINCEX) highlighted the great support that this technical cooperation programme has given them and thanked them for the work and commitment of the programme throughout its development.
During the final meeting, some key aspects in terms of results were also addressed, such as the demand-driven approach and the capacity for convening and coordination. The dynamism of the Ministry of Economy and Planning, the National Institute of Economic Research and MINCEX have been key to the management and mobilisation of resources, according to the UE-Cuba Expertise Exchange Programme.