The Forum of Federations, the Under-Secretariat for Federative Affairs of the Brazilian Presidency and the Institute for Applied Economic Research recently co-organized a conference on intergovernmental co-operation in the Americas.
The purpose of the event, held on November 29 and 30, 2010 in Brasilia was to assess the mechanisms of intergovernmental co-operation in a number of federal and decentralized countries in the Americas and to draw out potential applications for Brazil.
Al levels of Brazil’s government participated, including representatives from:
â€¢ federal government agencies,
â€¢ the state governments of Minas Gerais, ParÃ¡ and Santa Catarina,
â€¢ the Brazilian Association of Municipalities,
â€¢ the National Confederation of Municipalities,
â€¢ the National Front of Mayors,
â€¢ and the Suape/Pernambuco municipal consortium.
The varied experiences of Colombia and Venezuela were the highlight of the presentations. The government of Colombia, a non-federal (unitary) country, is decentralizing, while Venezuela, a federal country, moves towards a more centralized model.
Speakers at the event, which was moderated by Forum board member Vicente Trevas, included:
â€¢ Olavo Noleto, Deputy Head of Federative Affairs of the Secretariat of Institutional Relations of the Presidency
â€¢ Paula Ravanelli, Special Advisor to the Cabinet of Federative Affairs
â€¢ Paulo de Tarso and Jose Mauro, members of the Working Group on Federalism of the Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA)
â€¢ Alberto Muller, a researcher from the Economic Science Area at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Colombia,
â€¢ Daniel Bonilla Maldonado, Associate Professor at the Universidad de Los Andes, and Venezuela
â€¢ Carlos Enrique Quintana Mascarene, Coordinator of Ph.D Program in Development Studies at the Universidad Central de Venezuela.
The Forum also facilitated the participation of AndrÃ© Juneau, the Director of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations at Queen’s University in Kingston.
View Mr. Juneau’s presentation (PDF)