Workshop to support the decentralization process of the Municipalities of Panama

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In recent days, the City of Knowledge held the "Workshop for the Exchange of Experiences and Identification of Instruments to Support the Decentralization Process of the Municipalities of Panama". This workshop was organized by the International Center for Sustainable Development (CIDES), the Association of Municipalities of Panama (AMUPA) and the Foundation for Local Development and Municipal Strengthening of Central America and the Caribbean (FUNDEMUCA).

Its general objective was to contribute to the definition of an orientation framework to strengthen the decentralization process of the public administration, through the transfer of knowledge of good practices (both national and international) in local governments.

The event was attended by Jorge R. Arosemena R., President of the Board of Directors of CIDES and Executive President of the City of Knowledge Foundation; Juan Moreno Lobón, Executive Director of CIDES; Diana Moreno Salamín, Coordinator of the International Program of CIDES; Yon Millán Albistegui, Project Coordinator of the DEMUCA Foundation of Panama; Eliecer Cortés, Director of AMUPA; Marinelda Varela, Institutional Relations Manager of AMUPA; Freddy Guerra, Mayor of Gualaca, AMUPA Municipal Modernization Commission; Oriel Ruiz, Mayor of Soná, Coordinator of the AMUPA Municipal Modernization Commission; José Velásquez Mayor of Parita, AMUPA Municipal Modernization Commission; Roberto, García, Secretary of AMUPA; Yoira Machado, Deputy Treasurer of AMUPA; Víctor López, Mayor of San Carlos; Ericka González, National Secretary for Decentralization; Alma Montenegro de Fletcher, Director of the Center for Public Policy and Transparency at the University of Panama; Denis Javier Chávez, Vice-Rector of Extension at the University of Panama; Miguel Prado, Dean of the Faculty of Public Administration at the University of Panama; Albert Ferney Giraldo, Deputy Director of the High Government of ESAP of Colombia; and Julian Egea of ​​the Agency for Spanish Cooperation (AECID).

In this workshop the following conclusions were reached:
1. A program will be designed to train senior government officials to strengthen institutional competencies in districts and neighborhoods.
2. Projects will be formulated for consultancy and technical assistance with the purpose of elaborating comprehensive diagnoses on municipal territories.
3. Programs for the training and participation of citizens in public management processes will be designed.
4. Work platforms will be created to strengthen levels of inter-agency coordination.
5. Mechanisms for managing funds through international cooperation will be strengthened.
6. Workshops will be promoted for local development and municipal strengthening in all regions of the country.
7. Framework agreements and specific cooperation agreements will be established for the design of municipal development plans.