About 70 mayors from the Mexican state of Yucatan came together recently at a workshop to explore the functioning of intergovernmental institutions and decentralization in three federal countries. The workshop was organized by the Forum, the State of Yucatan and INAFED – a Mexican federal government agency. The event was the third annual international meeting on strengthening intergovernmental relations in support of decentralization processes in Mexico. This series is organized by the Forum and the National Institute for Federalism and Municipal Development (INAFED).
At the workshop, the international experts from the Forum included Lakshmi Narayanan, the previous head of India’s Inter-State Council Secretariat; and Peter Globensky of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment. Yucatan’s Governor, Ivonne Aracelly Ortega Pacheco, also participated. The workshop took place on March 26, 2008.
A parallel event was held by the Forum and INAFED for local officials in the State of Baja California in the city of Ensenada on March 28. In addition to Mr. Narayanan and Mr. Globensky, international experts at the Ensenada event included Rainer Holtschneider, the former State Secretary of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.
Mexican Senate examines decentralization
Mexican senators learned about decentralization in other federal countries and looked at possibilities for further decentralization in Mexico at a recent event organized by the Forum and the Mexican agency INAFED at the Senate of Mexico in Mecixo City. At the workshop, the international experts from the Forum included Alejandro Arlia, Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs, Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina; Lakshmi Narayanan formerly of India’s Inter-State Council Secretariat; and Peter Globensky of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment. Organizers of the event for the Senate Commission for Federalism in Mexico City were the Forum and the National Institute for Federalism and Municipal Development (INAFED). The workshop was opened by Senator Santiago Creel, President of the Senate. The president of the commission, Senator Melquiades Morales, recognized the value of comparative study – examining how other federal countries handle the issues of federal governance – particularly in an area as important as reform of the state. The event took place on March 31, 2008.