Government officials in Saltillo, Mexico, learn about decentralizing federalism

Two Forum experts made presentations at the National Forum on Federalism and Decentralization of Security, Justice, and Economic Development, organized by the National Governor’s Association of Mexico (CONAGO), in partnership with the state government of Coahuila. The second in a series of four, this meeting brought together over 400 participants representing over 20 state governments, as well as senior federal officials, including the Deputy Attorney General and Cesar Camacho, President of the Senate Commission on Justice. The Governor of Coahuila, Humberto Moreira Valdés inaugurated the conference. The media showed up in force due to the presence of governors from the three largest political parties, which gave the Forum increased visibility to state governments in Mexico.

The Forum coordinated the participation of two international experts: S. Lakshminarayanan, former Secretary of the Inter-state Council of India, and Rupak Chattopadhyay, Senior Director of Global Programs, Forum of Federations, who spoke on the theme of coordinating decentralization policy in the areas of economic development and public security.

The event was held July 15-16, 2008, in Saltillo, the capital of the Mexican state of Coahuila, which shares a border with Texas.

The lessons learned from this forum will not stop at the close of the event; they were reported at the annual meeting of the National Governor’s Association of Mexico held in Ã?lamos, in the Mexican state of Sonora in September. This series of workshops focusing on decentralization and intergovernmental relations marks the first steps in building a working relationship between the Forum and the CONAGO.

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