Under the slogan “Panama, a bridge of cooperation for sustainable development”, the first day of panels of the launching forum of the National Cooperation Plan was developed, addressing topics such as the new challenges of sustainable development, the needs of Panama and The country’s contribution to the theme of cooperation, the main sectoral challenges of International Cooperation and strategic alliances for development focused on water and sanitation, education and gender equality.

In his speech, Harold Robinson, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System in Panama, said that the country’s experience in orienting nations in the region places it as an important leader in the cooperation model. In this regard, the Vice President and Chancellor Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado cited the Regional Logistics Center for Humanitarian Assistance (CLRAH) as an example, which will make Panama the most important humanitarian aid center in the Americas when it enters operations in the beginning In reference to the role of Panama as a bridge of cooperation in the region of Saint Malo de Alvarado, it was pointed out that the country has demonstrated its ability to use dialogue and consultation as a tool to resolve conflicts, an experience that it can share in The international arena.

On this subject, APEDE’s Advisory Board, Mercedes Eleta de Brenes expressed the willingness of the private and civil sector to join the alliance to develop a vision of a joint country that could become a State Agenda. While the Deputy Executive Secretary of ECLAC, Antonio Prado expressed his satisfaction with Panama’s courage in positioning itself as a donor country, and entering into a new dynamic of international cooperation with the implementation of the National Cooperation Plan.

Regarding the importance of the institutionality of Cooperation, the Magister in International Cooperation at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Juan Pablo Prado considered that it will be strengthened with the participation of all the actors of the Panamanian society, while applauding that the The National Cooperation Plan is based on a dynamic and renewed context that responds to the challenge of the Sustainable Development Objectives (ODS). While the Representative of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Panama and Haiti, Gina Montiel praised this contribution of Panama to Sustainable Development by internalizing and at the same time establishing cooperation on a two-way highway by receiving and offering experiences and good practices, especially in financial alliances and architecture, which will contribute in Latin America to reducing asymmetries in financial flows.

In addition to the valuable participation of the Vice President and Chancellor, Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado, Deputy Minister of Multilateral Affairs and Cooperation of the Foreign Ministry, María Luisa Navarro; And the Director General for International Cooperation of the Foreign Ministry, Selina Baños as national exhibitors, the Ministers of Social Development, Environment, Labor, the Deputy Minister of Economy and the Vice Mayor of the capital also participated, who reflected on the way in which cooperation Directly in the social, economic and environmental progress of our country. “Panama, Bridge of Cooperation for Sustainable Development”, which will culminate this Thursday, May 4, is an open forum, free of charge, aimed at representatives of the private sector, academia and civil society, multilateral organizations, development banks, Media and diplomatic missions, as well as specialists in economic growth, social development and inclusion, scientific education and innovation, environmental sustainability and justice, state and governance. Follow live streaming on this link: