The FIIAPP supports the Ministry of Planning of Costa Rica in its process of regional development and equality as the coordinator of EUROsociAL’s area of territorial cohesion.
The International Meeting “Regionalisation in Costa Rica: a process for Regional Development and Equality” provided the opportunity to exchange knowledge of management experiences and international-regional trends, in order to create a regional development policy agenda and territorial cohesion. The Ministry of National Planning and Economic Policy, the University of Costa Rica, and the EUROsociALProgramme organized this meeting with the support of the FIIAPPand the Programme’s operational partners, SNV(Holland) and Formez (Italy).
Approximately 200 people attended this event, including: planning directors and directors of public institutions with decentralised offices in various regions of Costa Rica, presidential candidates and people in charge of creating government programmes for the 2014 elections, university presidents and academic scholars from public universities, and representatives of agencies and international organisations present in Costa Rica, such as the AECID, ONU-Hábitat, PNUD, IICA and GIZ.
At the inauguration, Silvia Hernández, Vice Minister of Planning, said that “opening the analysis of the issue of regional organisation for planning purposes in Costa Rica is important for creating viable, effective proposals for public policy decision-making with a clear impact on regional asymmetries, transcending the government administrations every four years.”
For EUROsociAL, territorial cohesion has a major regional component. Along with the OECD Development Centre and CEPAL, EUROsociAL supports the Latin American Network of Public Policies for Regional Development (RDL – LAC). This network, started in Brazil, is intended to be a permanent platform for policy dialogue between countries in the region, with collaboration mechanisms and spaces for debate.