The Forum of Federations organized a two-day workshop on Mechanisms of Intergovernmental Relations – International Experiences and Challenges for Brazil that took place September 17 to 18, 2003, in Brasilia, Brazil. The Forum organized this event in cooperation with the Secretariat of Federative Affairs of the Civil House of the Brazilian Presidency. In the first day the experiences of India, Canada, Germany, United States, Mexico and Australia were presented. The experts invited to speak on the structure and functioning of intergovernmental relations (IGR) in their respective countries were Rekha Saxena, Senior Lecturer at the University of Delhi, India; Donald Dennison, Vice-President and COO of the Forum of Federations; Uwe Leonardy, former Ministerial Councillor, Germany; Earl Baker, former Senator of the Senate of Pennsylvania and former Republican State Chairman of Pennsylvania; Ruben Monroy, Director of Programs of the Institute for Federalism and Municipal Development of Mexico; and Cheryl Saunders, Director of the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Law, University of Melbourne, Australia.
The second day of the workshop was dedicated to Brazilian experiences. The morning session summarized the experiences of established intergovernmental cooperation in a few public policy sectors. In the afternoon session, the representatives of the Brazilian government presented and commented on the new Lula government proposals to enhance intergovernmental dialogue and cooperation in the Brazilian federation.
The workshop attendees were representatives of federal agencies and institutions responsible for the coordination of intergovernmental relations, representatives of the state governments, academic specialists on intergovernmental management and public policies in federal states, public officials from different spheres of government, and representatives of foreign foundations and international organizations based in Brazil.