Caribbean ministers to attend planning meetings

Caribbean ministers, deputy ministers and senior authorities involved in development planning and public administration, along with representatives of civil society and United Nations bodies, will this week gather in Peru for the 15th Conference of Ministers and Heads of Planning of Latin America and the Caribbean and the 16th Meeting of the Regional Council for Planning, which will take place from Oct. 11-13 in Lima, Peru.

The Santiago, Chile-based Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) says it is hosting the Oct. 11-13 meeting in collaboration with the governments of Guatemala and Ecuador, which currently serve as co-presidents of the Council.

At these gatherings, ECLAC said participants will analyze the challenges, experiences and prospects for development planning in the region and its role in the implementation and achievement of the 2030 United Nations’ Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The events in Lima will kick off on Wednesday, Oct. 11 with the 15th Conference of Ministers and Heads of Planning, a high-level event that aims to promote dialogue and cooperation on matters of development planning and public administration, ECLAC said.

At the conference, ECLAC said ministers from the region will present their experiences with multilevel planning of territorial development, approaches to gender equality and participation in planning, the quality of public investment and the strengthening of the public sector’s capacities for development.

On Thursday, Oct. 12, ECLAC said the 16th Meeting of the Regional Council for Planning will be inaugurated.

At this intergovernmental gathering, ministers and heads of planning will review both the activities carried out by the Latin American and Caribbean Institute for Economic and Social Planning (ILPES) in 2016 and 2017, as well as the work program for the 2018-2019 period, ECLAC said.

The United Nations’ regional agency said it will present the “Regional Observatory on Planning,” which “seeks to become an instrument of analysis, learning and exchange regarding development planning systems and implementation of the 2030 Agenda in the region.”

ECLAC said it will also present the Planbarometer, a tool for characterizing planning processes that will enable countries to evaluate themselves and improve the quality of their systems and planning exercises.

In addition, ECLAC said a document will be released that provides an analysis of the challenges to planning in Latin America and the Caribbean, based on the experiences set forth in nine case studies from countries in the region.

On Friday, Oct. 13, ECLAC said the 4th Planning Sessions will take place, which involves “a dialogue with academia that will address the central theme of comparative experiences between the Republic of Korea and Latin America and the Caribbean on sustainable territories and cities and their challenges for research and planning.”

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