Declaración de la Cumbre de los Pueblos SADC (Kinshasa, RDC, Agosto, 2009)

Following a three day conference, in August 2000, of twenty four independent peoples civil society organisations, sectoral networks and coalitions from many sectors and from all the countries of Southern Africa, the following declaration was produced. This expresses the perspectives of peoples organisations from across the region, and calls on other such organisations to endorse these positions on some of the broad economic dimensions of regional cooperation and integration that are being considered by the governments of the Southern African Development Community (SADC); and for other such peoples organisations to join together to add their own proposals and demands in other areas of concern which are all integral to a holistic program of regional development cooperation.


Declaration

“Making Southern African Development Cooperation and Integration a People-centered and People-driven Regional Challenge to Globalisation

As members of community-based development coalitions, trade union and other labour organisations, faith-based social development organisations, campaigning networks for debt cancellation and reparations, alliances against the IMF and World Bank, a women and trade network, development NGOs and popular education, information and capacity building bodies – and as participants in the ‘Southern African Peoples Solidarity Network’ (SAPSN) gathered together in Windhoek on the occasion of the Summit of the SADC Heads of State, 1-7 August 2000, we as

Peoples’ organisations state

  • We are united by our common history of colonisation and mutual support in our struggles for national liberation, as well as our shared experience of the depredations of apartheid and its destabilisation and devastation across the whole region. We are also conscious that we are part of a region enormously rich in human and natural resources which has the potential to become a community of nations enjoying peace and human security, guaranteed human rights and equitable human development. But these aims will only be achieved if peoples organisations give an effective lead to the governments of the region in order that they work together towards this historic goal.
  • We are committed to a vision of a united Southern Africa in which local and community-based development is the fundamental substance of national development programmes. These, in turn, will be strengthened by coordinated and combined programmes of people-based regional development, and the creation of an integrated development community in Southern Africa. Such an integrated region would also be a building block towards broader African peoples cooperation and unity, and could be an effective economic and political base from which to challenge capitalist globalisation.
  • We note, however, that the overwhelming majority of the people of our region are living in conditions of appalling poverty and already suffering the effects of an AIDS epidemic of potentially catastrophic proportions; but that the governments of our countries
    • have for long mainly engaged in rhetorical declarations about national development, and development cooperation and regional integration, with few effective achievements;
    • are mainly concerned with preserving and promoting their own individual and group status, power and privileges, and their personal and aspirant-class appropriation of our nations’ resources; and, for these reasons, are frequently engaged in divisive competition and even dangerous conflicts amongst themselves at the expense of the interests of the people at national and regional levels;
    • are, at the same time, committed to supporting and defending each other whenever the interests and power of the ruling elites come into conflict with the human rights, and the democratic and development aspirations of their own populations; and are using SADC as a self-serving ‘old boys’ club’ for such mutual support;
    • are increasingly responsive and subordinate to external inducements and pressures from governmental agencies in the richest industrialised countries, and their global corporations, banks and other financial organisations, and the ‘multilateral’ institutions dominated and used by them.
  • We note also the grossly uneven development within and between the countries of the
    region caused by a long history of deliberate political and economic programs in favour of the needs of South African and international companies, and privileged (mainly white) elites; and that, with the increasing penetration of the region by South African business, the dominant role of the South African economy in the region has not diminished but actually increased since 1994.

Peoples’ organisations demand

  • The Governments of SADC must reject claims that the transformation and development of the regional economy should (and can) be driven by national and regional ‘market forces’ and should be structured to serve and further the business interests of ‘indigenous’ private enterprise and ‘national’ capital in the countries of the region. This applies particularly to South African trading companies, banks and corporations, often operating in conjunction with their international partners, which will reinforce not reduce the inherited inequalities within, and imbalances between our countries.
  • The governments of SADC must desist from their collaboration and collusion with national and international political and economic forces and neo-liberal agencies, particularly the IMF and World Bank, to turn SADC into an ‘open region’ of free trade, free capital movements and investment rights, to the benefit of international traders, transnational corporations and financial speculators. This runs counter to the potential for full and effective, internally-generated and rooted national and regional development.
  • The governments of SADC must provide for the effective participation of organised forces of civil society, and respond to the voices and needs of the people of the region for peace and security, democracy and development; and actively commit all the governments of the region to multilaterally negotiated cooperation and equitable development throughout the region. This must go hand in hand with independent popular initiatives for the empowerment of people in their own organisations and communities and at all levels of the regional community.
  • The governments of SADC must insist upon the illegitimacy of our purported national ‘debts’ and the continuous outflow of our hard-earned national financial resources into the coffers of the governments of the richest industrialised countries, private banks and the IMF and World Bank. Our governments must actively prepare, together with other ‘debtor’ countries like ours – and with the support of international peoples movements against debt – for collective and concerted repudiation of those debts if they are not promptly and definitively canceled. This must be carried further with demands for reparations for the long-standing economic, social and ecological damages imposed by such agencies upon our countries.
  • The governments of SADC must unite and act together with other countries in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific, and with democratic forces everywhere, to challenge and replace the currently dominant neo-liberal ideology and globalising capitalist system. This process must be started immediately by dealing with the dominant instruments of globalisation , particularly the IMF, World Bank and the WTO, whose policies and programmes are so manifestly detrimental to our economies, environments, societies, cultures and people.

Peoples’ organisations propose

On trade

Our governments must drop their uncritical embrace of the arguments for ‘free trade’ within our region which are reflected in the SADC trade agreement; and, instead,

  • create a negotiated variable and graduated preferential trade area within and through which to create clear and effective production development and diversification strategies for communities, national economies and the region as a whole;
  • replace the liberalisation, privatisation and deregulation policies in national and regional programmes and create trade and development cooperation agreements for Southern Africa which address region-specific issues and are not predetermined or constricted by ‘compliance’ with WTO terms and trade-related conditionalities, or any similar terms in ‘post-Lome’ agreements;
  • convince the South African government to revise its free trade agreement with the European Union where it is in conflict with the declared priority goals of cooperation and development in the SADC region, including South Africa.

On investment

Our governments have to abandon the futile illusion that foreign investors will respond to ‘positive macro-economic signals’ and an ‘open region’; and that such reliance on private capital will create development; and, instead

  • recognise that capital is a social relation not a neutral and disinterested financial instrument and, as the embodiment of social/class interests, any growth that such capital produces is distorted and incidental to its main aim of self-expansion (or profit);
  • build on the widespread experiences in the countries of the region, and elsewhere, that the free or ‘liberalised’ movement of capital is not conducive to financial stability and sound economic development, and requires strategic regulation;
  • base national and regional investment and production policies on the strategic direction of private national and international capital projects – where and in so far as they are required – for specific selected purposes, and clearly defined periods; but
  • prioritise the strategic mobilisation of inwardly-oriented and more varied and committed internal investment resources including public (governmental), parastatal, cooperative and community resources.

On labour

All the governments of the region have to recognise the vital role that labour plays in all economic projects/enterprises and national economic development, and recognise that governments have to adopt effective social and economic development policies that

  • bring to an end the forced migration of millions of workers in search of employment and survival resources for their families, for this is deeply disruptive of families and undermines community cohesion and stability;
  • tackle effectively and with urgency the dramatic growth of unemployment throughout the region, that contributes further towards the flows of economic refugees across borders and between rural and urban areas within all the countries of the region;
  • develop holistic and integrated urban and rural programmes to enable people to create their own incomes or obtain employment incomes, economic security and social and cultural fulfillment within their own communities;
  • incorporate in such social and development programmes, inter-governmental agreements to deal with the brain drain of precious skills from the poorer to the more developed and well-endowed countries of the region;
  • create economic, political and social conditions that will allow for the free movement of people throughout the region.

Peoples’ organisations declare

  • We are committed to deepen and extend our experiences of cooperation and solidarity, our strong sense of mutual recognition as the people of this region of Africa, to build on our joint needs and shared aspirations for the common benefit of our people; and at the same time work to counter any negative or conflictual attitudes towards each other amongst some sectors of our populations.
  • We are also committed to deepen and extend our strategies for cooperation and joint action with other regional peoples cooperation initiatives in the rest of Africa, as well as Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean towards a people-driven challenge to the currently dominant processes and institutions of economic globalisation; that are anti-democratic in their functioning and effects, destabilising of weaker economies and communities throughout the world, creating ever-increasing polarisation, with inequitable and divisive effects amongst peoples, and destructive impacts upon the world’s resources and the global environment.
  • Whether or not our governments accept and act on the above vitally important demands, we as members of peoples organisations from the whole of Southern Africa will continue to pursue these aims and deepen our work in and with existing and emerging mass movements to challenge and change our governments’ policies and strategies; and – if that fails – to change our governments.


Lusaka, sovaldi sale Zambia, salve
15-16 August 2007

We, members of Civil Society Organisations, trade unions, faith based organizations, student bodies and economic justice networks from the SADC region met in Lusaka, Zambia on August 15-16, under the auspices of the Southern Africa Peoples’ Solidarity Network (SAPSN), to constitute the SADC People’s Summit held parallel to the 27th Heads of State Summit.
We exchanged views on some common trends and issues of concern in the region including the appalling state of governance, democracy and human rights, youth unemployment levels, HIV/AIDS trends, poor health service delivery, gender discrimination, land problems, the debt burden, Economic Partnership Agreements and the Zimbabwe Situation.
We noted with concern that years after the adoption of the SADC protocol on human rights, governments in the region continue to violate the rights of their citizens using draconian laws, harassment and torture of opposition leaders and civic society activists, ban on political rallies, intolerance to dissenting views as well as denial of freedom of expression and association.
We deplore attempts by governments, through introducing NGO bills across the region, to silence the civic organisations’ calls for public transparency and accountability.
We categorically condemn the deportation of over 40 Zimbabweans headed for the SADC People’s Summit on August 14 by the Zambia government and call on the immigration officials in the region to desist from such repressive acts in the future. Further, we deplore the inability of the SADC to act decisively in solving the Zimbabwe crisis and we support the calls for a national constitutional conference to solve the country’s situation.
We observe the lack of true democracy in Swaziland and we support the calls for a new constitutional dispensation in the country.
We are disappointed with the little progress made so far in improving the health sector in the region as we underscore the need for urgent actioning by governments towards meeting the Abuja Declaration of 15 percent allocation of the national budgets to the provision of essential drugs including the Anti-Retroviral Drugs. We call on other governments in the region to emulate the government of Botswana which has met the Abuja target in its budgeting process.
We note the importance of land to the livelihoods of the communities and we deplore the unscrupulous evictions of people from their ancestral land, land privatization, and capitalization of land.
We are concerned that debt repayments continue to deprive the peoples of the region essential services and to hamper sustainable development in the region. Despite the debt relief programs undertaken in some of the countries in the region, SADC governments continue to reel under a chronic debt crisis exacerbated by ‘vulture funds’- the so-called predator companies from rich governments which purchase debts owed by poor countries and litigate against the debtor countries with huge costs.
We condemn the legislative and institutional gaps in our countries for addressing internal mechanisms for the debt problems and we call on parliaments in the region to enact legislations around the loan contraction processes and the establishment of institutions that are necessary for effective debt management.
We note with concern the divisive effects of the Economic Partnership Agreements on the region and the neoliberal nature of their content as the December deadline for signing those approaches.
We believe that the EPA negotiations are between unequal partners and that the SADC region stands to lose much more than the promised gains in the process.
We deplore the continued marginalization of women and the youth in decision-making processes across the region as we note the reluctance and piece-meal inclusion of women by governments of the region in political, economic ad social arenas. We emphasize that women’s equal participation
form an integral part of any meaningful strategy towards sustainable development in the region and
beyond.
On the basis of the above factors we demand:
1. All SADC governments to adopt and ratify the SADC protocol on human rights and gender; uphold regional integration as a participatory, people-driven and democratically negotiated process; respect the rule of law; allow free and fair elections; and make all constitutional reforms a consultative process.
2. All SADC governments and peoples to accept duty to de-stigmatise HIV/AIDS, uphold the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS and empower them to live positively.
3. Governments in the region to prioritize the sustainable livelihoods of the rural communities, and equity in the land reform processes.
4. Total and Unconditional debt cancellation for all the SADC countries.
5. Governments of SADC to Stop EPAS!
We commit ourselves to continue mobilizing the peoples of the SADC in solidarity with other regions of the continent to contribute to sustainable solutions to the region’s social, economic, and political problems; to engage governments at national levels on regional integration, the Zimbabwe problem, Economic Partnership Agreements, adoption of gender sensitive policies, adequate resources for HIV/AIDS, unemployment for the youth and better working conditions for workers; and to forge active partnership with other actors across the region.
ANOTHER SADC IS POSSIBLE!
Gauteng – South Africa
More than four hundred representatives of Social Movements, cheap labor organizations, economic justice networks, discount faith and community based and youth organizations, developmental, health environmental, human Rights and other NGOs that work closely with them gathered in Gauteng South Africa to discuss our common concerns and present our Demands and alternatives to the governments of SADC meeting here at this time.
This is the fourth annual SAPSN Summit and it takes place in a period of deepening political tensions within SADC and deteriorating social and economic situations for the majority of our peoples. In this context our discussions focused on our concerns, proposals and demands on the following:
1. Democracy and human rights abuses disrupting and destabilizing our region, with particular emphasis on the gross denial of democratic and human rights in Zimbabwe and Swaziland but also (to other degrees) throughout SADC, especially DRC and Angola. In this context we repeat our demand on all SADC governments to ensure the implementation of full democratic principles and all human rights (including women’s, labor, all NGOs to carry out their work with their people). We demand that SADC governments rapidly ensure that:
– All the people of Zimbabwe themselves are enabled to create the means and find the solutions to the crisis in their country, and SADC must terminate Mbeki’s role as mediator since he is about to become the SADC Chair;
– Apply targeted sanctions on the Swazi royal family, and do not confirm Swaziland’s Chairship of the SADC Organ on Peace and Security until a full democratic regime is established in that country by the people of Swaziland.
2. Poverty and Unemployment continues to devastate our people caused by the neo-liberal market- driven policies of SADC governments and their tolerance and promotion of self-serving corrupt practices in their own ranks. Of the many counter actions that must be undertaken, we demand that SADC:
-Must create regional economic development and diversification strategies to combat poverty and prioritize the creation of decent employment and the right to work.
– Must develop such policies with the active and full participation of the unemployed youth, women, small traders, fisher people and so on.
3. Food Insecurity and Hunger is the other compelling evidence of the growth of poverty in large sectors of our populations and the undermining of secure rural livelihoods. Of the many measure required, we demand that SADC governments:
– Must develop a regional agricultural strategy to secure equitable access to necessary agricultural resources for rural populations especially for women, as they are the main producers.
– Must deal with the skewed patterns of land ownership especially against women, and including extensive privatization of land and foreign appropriation.
must create, in consultation with rural producers, full governmental support for sustainable and organic (not GMOs) food production for family food security and regional food sovereignty.
4. Health crisis and social insecurity are central aspects of the poverty and increasing suffering of large numbers of our people especially the disproportionate numbers of women affected by HIV and AIDS personally and as nurturers of their families and the growing numbers of orphans. This requires free ARVs and special grant and food support. But we also demand that SADC governments
– Must create a regional strategy for universal access to free quality health care as a right for all, especially for the most vulnerable sectors of our people such as those who are differently abled;
– Must stop the practice of government leaders using public funds for health treatment overseas;
– Must ensure the training/retraining of health personnel and their just working conditions and remuneration.
5. Privatization of services, above all health, water and other social services removes these from the people, especially for women and children, and undermines the services provisions that are necessary for national and regional development (such as in public transport and affordable, secure public housing).
In this context, we commit ourselves to further mass campaigns to reverse this privatization, corporatization and commercialization (cost-recovery) policies, and we will pressure SADC governments to create national and regional programmes to ensure free accessible and accountable public services including public housing and free education for all, that are essential for our people’s well-being and human-based development;
6. Debt burdens and aid dependency continue to contradict the obligations of our governments and their responsiveness to our needs, because they are under the control of creditor banks and financial institutions, above all the IMF and World Bank, and donor governments. These constrain or dictate what policies governments can or should follow. Thus we demand that SADC governments:
– Create a combined regional response, in collaboration with civil society, to audit the sources, nature (especially illegitimate and odious debts), scale and their effects on our people especially the most vulnerable sectors such as women;
– reject externally imposed IMF/WB SAP-type conditionalities for ‘‘debt relief’’ or aid; and instead base their criteria on full consultations with their own people;
– put an end to the continual outflow of financial resources through debt payments, and instead demand reparations for these debt payments and the colonial and neo-colonial plunder of African people and resources.
7. Trade deficits and capital outflows are the other forms of financial drainage from our countries. These are created and reinforced by the trade and financial liberalization policies of SADC governments. These counter-developmental policies will be reinforced if SADC governments continue down the road of negotiating so-called Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with the European Union. Thus we demand that SADC governments:
– must reunite as a region and, together, firmly resist the EU’s recolonising EPAs; instead of maneuvering separately to get EU trade and “aid support” which is splitting SADC apart;
– must recognize that the free trade area they are creating within SADC will further serve to create an open integrated market for EU exporters, investors and service corporations under policies of eternal trade and investment liberalization;
– must recognize that such a SADC free trade area will also serve the expansionist aims and interests of South African companies, not the equitable and more balanced trade development that enables cross-border trade, especially by small women traders;
– must stop the vast financial outflows from our countries and region through international financial speculation (gambling), “legal” investors transfers , and huge transfers overseas of public money through embezzlement by government leaders.
8. Climate Change Dangers and Energy Crises are partly the result of global factors and forces but also result from the policies of our governments colluding with colonial and neo-colonial forces and allowing uncontrolled exploitation of our mineral and other resources. Industrialized countries are responsible for the historical and current global climate change crisis, therefore we demand that SADC governments
– ensure that those responsible assume the proportionate burden, on the “polluter pays principle”, and provide our countries with all the necessary resources towards a low carbon society;
– institutes strong regulations to reduce carbon emissions and pursue sustainable production and consumption patterns, including a regional strategy to ensure universal access to clean and renewable energy, which is a social justice issue;
– Impose environmental responsibility on industries operating our region, and end to dumping of damaging toxic waste affecting our people and workers;
– stop the diversion of land and agricultural production to produce agro-fuels to feed the auto industries and rich countries to the detriment of food production;
– must develop a joint regional energy strategy to ensure effective access to clean and renewable energy resources for us as this is a social justice issue which must not be based on market principles as they are anti-people approaches, and it is uncontrolled transitional corporations that have been the prime cause of global warming with accompanying ecological crisis that will disproportionately affect the poor especially in Africa.
OUR PEOPLES’ RESPONSES AND SOLIDARITY
All these adverse factors are being confronted by most of our people with creativity and courage. But some marginalized and desperate people resort to desperate measures. This is what fundamentally drove the recent escalation of verbal abuse and violent attacks by some elements of the South African population against their fellow Africans from the region and elsewhere on the continent.
We call for carefully planned and just reintegration of internally displaced people resulting from the above deeply deplorable events.
It is also in this context that we participants from all the countries in the SADC region welcome the opportunity to share experiences on our common concerns and deepen our mutual support. Thus we stress that this is a Peoples’ Solidarity Summit and we commit ourselves to make this a real active expression of Solidarity towards each other and a means to ensure that the governments of SADC respond and fulfill the key demands we have outlined here, advance the developmental integration of our region and of the whole African continent.

Gauteng – South Africa

More than four hundred representatives of Social Movements, buy labor organizations, cheap economic justice networks, there faith and community based and youth organizations, developmental, health environmental, human Rights and other NGOs that work closely with them gathered in Gauteng South Africa to discuss our common concerns and present our Demands and alternatives to the governments of SADC meeting here at this time.

This is the fourth annual SAPSN Summit and it takes place in a period of deepening political tensions within SADC and deteriorating social and economic situations for the majority of our peoples. In this context our discussions focused on our concerns, proposals and demands on the following:

1. Democracy and human rights abuses disrupting and destabilizing our region, with particular emphasis on the gross denial of democratic and human rights in Zimbabwe and Swaziland but also (to other degrees) throughout SADC, especially DRC and Angola. In this context we repeat our demand on all SADC governments to ensure the implementation of full democratic principles and all human rights (including women’s, labor, all NGOs to carry out their work with their people). We demand that SADC governments rapidly ensure that:

– All the people of Zimbabwe themselves are enabled to create the means and find the solutions to the crisis in their country, and SADC must terminate Mbeki’s role as mediator since he is about to become the SADC Chair;

– Apply targeted sanctions on the Swazi royal family, and do not confirm Swaziland’s Chairship of the SADC Organ on Peace and Security until a full democratic regime is established in that country by the people of Swaziland.

2. Poverty and Unemployment continues to devastate our people caused by the neo-liberal market- driven policies of SADC governments and their tolerance and promotion of self-serving corrupt practices in their own ranks. Of the many counter actions that must be undertaken, we demand that SADC:
-Must create regional economic development and diversification strategies to combat poverty and prioritize the creation of decent employment and the right to work.
– Must develop such policies with the active and full participation of the unemployed youth, women, small traders, fisher people and so on.

3. Food Insecurity and Hunger is the other compelling evidence of the growth of poverty in large sectors of our populations and the undermining of secure rural livelihoods. Of the many measure required, we demand that SADC governments:
– Must develop a regional agricultural strategy to secure equitable access to necessary agricultural resources for rural populations especially for women, as they are the main producers.
– Must deal with the skewed patterns of land ownership especially against women, and including extensive privatization of land and foreign appropriation.
must create, in consultation with rural producers, full governmental support for sustainable and organic (not GMOs) food production for family food security and regional food sovereignty.

4. Health crisis and social insecurity are central aspects of the poverty and increasing suffering of large numbers of our people especially the disproportionate numbers of women affected by HIV and AIDS personally and as nurturers of their families and the growing numbers of orphans. This requires free ARVs and special grant and food support. But we also demand that SADC governments
– Must create a regional strategy for universal access to free quality health care as a right for all, especially for the most vulnerable sectors of our people such as those who are differently abled;
– Must stop the practice of government leaders using public funds for health treatment overseas;
– Must ensure the training/retraining of health personnel and their just working conditions and remuneration.

5. Privatization of services, above all health, water and other social services removes these from the people, especially for women and children, and undermines the services provisions that are necessary for national and regional development (such as in public transport and affordable, secure public housing).

In this context, we commit ourselves to further mass campaigns to reverse this privatization, corporatization and commercialization (cost-recovery) policies, and we will pressure SADC governments to create national and regional programmes to ensure free accessible and accountable public services including public housing and free education for all, that are essential for our people’s well-being and human-based development;

6. Debt burdens and aid dependency continue to contradict the obligations of our governments and their responsiveness to our needs, because they are under the control of creditor banks and financial institutions, above all the IMF and World Bank, and donor governments. These constrain or dictate what policies governments can or should follow. Thus we demand that SADC governments:
– Create a combined regional response, in collaboration with civil society, to audit the sources, nature (especially illegitimate and odious debts), scale and their effects on our people especially the most vulnerable sectors such as women;
– reject externally imposed IMF/WB SAP-type conditionalities for ‘‘debt relief’’ or aid; and instead base their criteria on full consultations with their own people;
– put an end to the continual outflow of financial resources through debt payments, and instead demand reparations for these debt payments and the colonial and neo-colonial plunder of African people and resources.

7. Trade deficits and capital outflows are the other forms of financial drainage from our countries. These are created and reinforced by the trade and financial liberalization policies of SADC governments. These counter-developmental policies will be reinforced if SADC governments continue down the road of negotiating so-called Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with the European Union. Thus we demand that SADC governments:
– must reunite as a region and, together, firmly resist the EU’s recolonising EPAs; instead of maneuvering separately to get EU trade and “aid support” which is splitting SADC apart;
– must recognize that the free trade area they are creating within SADC will further serve to create an open integrated market for EU exporters, investors and service corporations under policies of eternal trade and investment liberalization;
– must recognize that such a SADC free trade area will also serve the expansionist aims and interests of South African companies, not the equitable and more balanced trade development that enables cross-border trade, especially by small women traders;
– must stop the vast financial outflows from our countries and region through international financial speculation (gambling), “legal” investors transfers , and huge transfers overseas of public money through embezzlement by government leaders.

8. Climate Change Dangers and Energy Crises are partly the result of global factors and forces but also result from the policies of our governments colluding with colonial and neo-colonial forces and allowing uncontrolled exploitation of our mineral and other resources. Industrialized countries are responsible for the historical and current global climate change crisis, therefore we demand that SADC governments
– ensure that those responsible assume the proportionate burden, on the “polluter pays principle”, and provide our countries with all the necessary resources towards a low carbon society;
– institutes strong regulations to reduce carbon emissions and pursue sustainable production and consumption patterns, including a regional strategy to ensure universal access to clean and renewable energy, which is a social justice issue;
– Impose environmental responsibility on industries operating our region, and end to dumping of damaging toxic waste affecting our people and workers;
– stop the diversion of land and agricultural production to produce agro-fuels to feed the auto industries and rich countries to the detriment of food production;
– must develop a joint regional energy strategy to ensure effective access to clean and renewable energy resources for us as this is a social justice issue which must not be based on market principles as they are anti-people approaches, and it is uncontrolled transitional corporations that have been the prime cause of global warming with accompanying ecological crisis that will disproportionately affect the poor especially in Africa.

OUR PEOPLES’ RESPONSES AND SOLIDARITY

All these adverse factors are being confronted by most of our people with creativity and courage. But some marginalized and desperate people resort to desperate measures. This is what fundamentally drove the recent escalation of verbal abuse and violent attacks by some elements of the South African population against their fellow Africans from the region and elsewhere on the continent.

We call for carefully planned and just reintegration of internally displaced people resulting from the above deeply deplorable events.

It is also in this context that we participants from all the countries in the SADC region welcome the opportunity to share experiences on our common concerns and deepen our mutual support. Thus we stress that this is a Peoples’ Solidarity Summit and we commit ourselves to make this a real active expression of Solidarity towards each other and a means to ensure that the governments of SADC respond and fulfill the key demands we have outlined here, advance the developmental integration of our region and of the whole African continent.

sapsnThe Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN) is a network of civil society organizations from the Southern Africa region challenging globalization by promoting pro-people socio-economic policies at national, find regional, continental and global levels.

SAPSN was formed in 1999 with its secretariat housed by South African-based Alternative Information Development Centre (AIDC) between 2000-2003 on a rotational basis. Since then, ZIMCODD hosting the . Malawi Economic Justice Network – MEJN

Vision: SAPSN envisions economic, environmental, social and political equity and justice in Southern Africa.

Mission: To mobilize regional solidarity, build members’ capacities and support people-based regional co-operation, integration and unity in the fight against the debt crisis, global trade injustices and neo-liberal policies in Southern Africa.

Membership is drawn from civil society organizations, trade unions, faith based organizations, student bodies and economic justice networks working on capacity building around global trade injustices, poverty, the debt crisis and globalization as well as seeking alternatives to neo-liberalism in Southern Africa.

For more information on SAPSN: http://www.sapsn.org

 

 

sapsnThe Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN) is a network of civil society organizations from the Southern Africa region challenging globalization by promoting pro-people socio-economic policies at national, regional, continental and global levels.

SAPSN was formed in 1999 with its secretariat housed by South African-based Alternative Information Development Centre (AIDC) between 2000-2003 on a rotational basis. Since then, help SAPSN Secretariat was hosted by ZIMCODD in Zimbawe until 2011 when it moved to Malawi to be hosted by Malawi Economic Justice Network (MEJN).

Vision: SAPSN envisions economic, environmental, social and political equity and justice in Southern Africa.

Mission: To mobilize regional solidarity, build members’ capacities and support people-based regional co-operation, integration and unity in the fight against the debt crisis, global trade injustices and neo-liberal policies in Southern Africa.

Membership is drawn from civil society organizations, trade unions, faith based organizations, student bodies and economic justice networks working on capacity building around global trade injustices, poverty, the debt crisis and globalization as well as seeking alternatives to neo-liberalism in Southern Africa.

For more information on SAPSN: http://www.sapsn.org

 

 

sapsnThe Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN) is a network of civil society organizations from the Southern Africa region challenging globalization by promoting pro-people socio-economic policies at national, regional, continental and global levels.

SAPSN was formed in 1999 with its secretariat housed by South African-based Alternative Information Development Centre (AIDC) between 2000-2003 on a rotational basis. Since then, and ZIMCODD has been hosting the SAPSN Secretariat.

Vision: SAPSN envisions economic, environmental, social and political equity and justice in Southern Africa.

Mission: To mobilize regional solidarity, build members’ capacities and support people-based regional co-operation, integration and unity in the fight against the debt crisis, global trade injustices and neo-liberal policies in Southern Africa.

Membership is drawn from civil society organizations, trade unions, faith based organizations, student bodies and economic justice networks working on capacity building around global trade injustices, poverty, the debt crisis and globalization as well as seeking alternatives to neo-liberalism in Southern Africa.

For more information on SAPSN: http://www.sapsn.org

 

RECLAIMING AND REUNITING SADC FOR PEOPLES’ POLITICAL, drugstore SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC RIGHTS DECLARATION OF THE PEOPLES’ SUMMIT

Windhoek, there Namibia, AUGUST 16, 2010

More than 350 representatives of grassroots movements, community-based organizations, and faith based organizations, women’s organizations, labor, students, youth, economic justice and human rights networks and other social movements met in Windhoek, Namibia on 15-16 August at the sixth SADC People’s Summit organised by the Southern Africa Peoples’ Solidarity Network (SAPSN), supported by the local host organization NANGOF Trust.

The summit- which was inspired by lively cultural presentations and energized by the participants’ singing and chanting-received solidarity greetings from all fellow citizens of SADC, and brief reports on our respective areas of work and the key concerns in our national terrains.

We had plenary sessions and discussions on regional solidarity and development; the global financial and economic, climate and related crises facing Africa and the world; and Eu‘s imposed Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs). Discussions were also held and testimonies received in commissions on the state of democracy and human rights in SADC countries; on the rights of workers and social and  economic protections; on the scourge of unemployment especially amongst the youth, and the necessity of affordable education for all; on the continuing adverse situation of women; on preventing further debt creation through guaranteed popular oversight; on natural resources and land rights; on public provision of full social and economic rights; on social exclusion and marginalization, with particular  reference  to the San  people; on the rights to health, especially with regards to HIV/Aids; and on the relatively new themes for people’s movements in our region arising from climate change which is adding to the many other crises already being experienced by our peoples. All these issues and demands on SADC governments and our joint programs for further action will be energetically followed through in the coming year.

At this point, the most pressing common concerns to all our countries, and the demands of our peoples arising out of the powerful presentations, first hand testimonies and the key demands expressed throughout this summit, were on:

  • The ratification and rapid implementation of the SADC Declaration and Treaty and all SADC Protocols on social and economic rights, particularly the original protocol on the free movement of all SADC citizens within their region, including the  right of assembly and freedom of expression.
  • The full institutionalization of all democratic processes and bodies (including to ensure fully free and fair elections), the guarantee of all human and cultural rights and  the protection of human rights defenders and political activists, with particular reference to Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Madagascar, and DRC which is still suffering the effects of war.
  • The rejection of all free trade agreements and especially the EU-imposed Economic Partnership Agreements which are dividing and threatening the very survival and future development of SACU and SADC.

We the peoples of SADC have been strengthened by our sharing of experiences and aspirations within this Peoples’s Summit and we commit ourselves to achieve these by all means necessary.

Viva the Peoples of SADC! Viva the Solidarity and rights of the Peoples of SADC!

RECLAIMING AND REUNITING SADC FOR PEOPLES’ POLITICAL, SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC RIGHTS DECLARATION OF THE PEOPLES’ SUMMIT, NAMIBIA,

AUGUST 16, 2010

More than 350 representatives of grassroots movements, community-based organizations, and faith based organizations, women’s organizations, labor, students, youth, economic justice and human rights networks and other social movements met in Windhoek, Namibia on 15-16 August at the sixth SADC People’s Summit organised by the Southern Africa Peoples’ Solidarity Network (SAPSN), supported by the local host organization NANGOF Trust.

The summit- which was inspired by lively cultural presentations and energized by the participants’ singing and chanting-received solidarity greetings from all fellow citizens of SADC, and brief reports on our respective areas of work and the key concerns in our national terrains.

We had plenary sessions and discussions on regional solidarity and development; the global financial and economic, climate and related crises facing Africa and the world; and Eu‘s imposed Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs). Discussions were also held and testimonies received in commissions on the state of democracy and human rights in SADC countries; on the rights of workers and social and  economic protections; on the scourge of unemployment especially amongst the youth, and the necessity of affordable education for all; on the continuing adverse situation of women; on preventing further debt creation through guaranteed popular oversight; on natural resources and land rights; on public provision of full social and economic rights; on social exclusion and marginalization, with particular  reference  to the San  people; on the rights to health, especially with regards to HIV/Aids; and on the relatively new themes for people’s movements in our region arising from climate change which is adding to the many other crises already being experienced by our peoples. All these issues and demands on SADC governments and our joint programs for further action will be energetically followed through in the coming year.

At this point, the most pressing common concerns to all our countries, and the demands of our peoples arising out of the powerful presentations, first hand testimonies and the key demands expressed throughout this summit, were on:

  • The ratification and rapid implementation of the SADC Declaration and Treaty and all SADC Protocols on social and economic rights, particularly the original protocol on the free movement of all SADC citizens within their region, including the  right of assembly and freedom of expression.
  • The full institutionalization of all democratic processes and bodies (including to ensure fully free and fair elections), the guarantee of all human and cultural rights and  the protection of human rights defenders and political activists, with particular reference to Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Madagascar, and DRC which is still suffering the effects of war.
  • The rejection of all free trade agreements and especially the EU-imposed Economic Partnership Agreements which are dividing and threatening the very survival and future development of SACU and SADC.

We the peoples of SADC have been strengthened by our sharing of experiences and aspirations within this Peoples’s Summit and we commit ourselves to achieve these by all means necessary.

Viva the Peoples of SADC! Viva the Solidarity and rights of the Peoples of SADC!

RECLAIMING AND REUNITING SADC FOR PEOPLES’ POLITICAL, order SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC RIGHTS DECLARATION OF THE PEOPLES’ SUMMIT, NAMIBIA,

AUGUST 16, 2010

More than 350 representatives of grassroots movements, community-based organizations, and faith based organizations, women’s organizations, labor, students, youth, economic justice and human rights networks and other social movements met in Windhoek, Namibia on 15-16 August at the sixth SADC People’s Summit organised by the Southern Africa Peoples’ Solidarity Network (SAPSN), supported by the local host organization NANGOF Trust.

The summit- which was inspired by lively cultural presentations and energized by the participants’ singing and chanting-received solidarity greetings from all fellow citizens of SADC, and brief reports on our respective areas of work and the key concerns in our national terrains.

We had plenary sessions and discussions on regional solidarity and development; the global financial and economic, climate and related crises facing Africa and the world; and Eu‘s imposed Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs). Discussions were also held and testimonies received in commissions on the state of democracy and human rights in SADC countries; on the rights of workers and social and  economic protections; on the scourge of unemployment especially amongst the youth, and the necessity of affordable education for all; on the continuing adverse situation of women; on preventing further debt creation through guaranteed popular oversight; on natural resources and land rights; on public provision of full social and economic rights; on social exclusion and marginalization, with particular  reference  to the San  people; on the rights to health, especially with regards to HIV/Aids; and on the relatively new themes for people’s movements in our region arising from climate change which is adding to the many other crises already being experienced by our peoples. All these issues and demands on SADC governments and our joint programs for further action will be energetically followed through in the coming year.

At this point, the most pressing common concerns to all our countries, and the demands of our peoples arising out of the powerful presentations, first hand testimonies and the key demands expressed throughout this summit, were on:

  • The ratification and rapid implementation of the SADC Declaration and Treaty and all SADC Protocols on social and economic rights, particularly the original protocol on the free movement of all SADC citizens within their region, including the  right of assembly and freedom of expression.
  • The full institutionalization of all democratic processes and bodies (including to ensure fully free and fair elections), the guarantee of all human and cultural rights and  the protection of human rights defenders and political activists, with particular reference to Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Madagascar, and DRC which is still suffering the effects of war.
  • The rejection of all free trade agreements and especially the EU-imposed Economic Partnership Agreements which are dividing and threatening the very survival and future development of SACU and SADC.

We the peoples of SADC have been strengthened by our sharing of experiences and aspirations within this Peoples’s Summit and we commit ourselves to achieve these by all means necessary.

Viva the Peoples of SADC! Viva the Solidarity and rights of the Peoples of SADC!

RECLAIMING AND REUNITING SADC FOR PEOPLES’ POLITICAL, online SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC RIGHTS DECLARATION OF THE PEOPLES’ SUMMIT, rx NAMIBIA,

AUGUST 16, 2010

More than 350 representatives of grassroots movements, community-based organizations, and faith based organizations, women’s organizations, labor, students, youth, economic justice and human rights networks and other social movements met in Windhoek, Namibia on 15-16 August at the sixth SADC People’s Summit organised by the Southern Africa Peoples’ Solidarity Network (SAPSN), supported by the local host organization NANGOF Trust.

The summit- which was inspired by lively cultural presentations and energized by the participants’ singing and chanting-received solidarity greetings from all fellow citizens of SADC, and brief reports on our respective areas of work and the key concerns in our national terrains.

We had plenary sessions and discussions on regional solidarity and development; the global financial and economic, climate and related crises facing Africa and the world; and Eu‘s imposed Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs). Discussions were also held and testimonies received in commissions on the state of democracy and human rights in SADC countries; on the rights of workers and social and  economic protections; on the scourge of unemployment especially amongst the youth, and the necessity of affordable education for all; on the continuing adverse situation of women; on preventing further debt creation through guaranteed popular oversight; on natural resources and land rights; on public provision of full social and economic rights; on social exclusion and marginalization, with particular  reference  to the San  people; on the rights to health, especially with regards to HIV/Aids; and on the relatively new themes for people’s movements in our region arising from climate change which is adding to the many other crises already being experienced by our peoples. All these issues and demands on SADC governments and our joint programs for further action will be energetically followed through in the coming year.

At this point, the most pressing common concerns to all our countries, and the demands of our peoples arising out of the powerful presentations, first hand testimonies and the key demands expressed throughout this summit, were on:

  • The ratification and rapid implementation of the SADC Declaration and Treaty and all SADC Protocols on social and economic rights, particularly the original protocol on the free movement of all SADC citizens within their region, including the  right of assembly and freedom of expression.
  • The full institutionalization of all democratic processes and bodies (including to ensure fully free and fair elections), the guarantee of all human and cultural rights and  the protection of human rights defenders and political activists, with particular reference to Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Madagascar, and DRC which is still suffering the effects of war.
  • The rejection of all free trade agreements and especially the EU-imposed Economic Partnership Agreements which are dividing and threatening the very survival and future development of SACU and SADC.

We the peoples of SADC have been strengthened by our sharing of experiences and aspirations within this Peoples’s Summit and we commit ourselves to achieve these by all means necessary.

Viva the Peoples of SADC! Viva the Solidarity and rights of the Peoples of SADC!

Nosotros, los más de 250 representantes de Movimientos Sociales, Organizaciones no gubernamentales, thumb Sindicatos, Organizaciones Religiosas, Redes de Justicia Económica y Derechos Humanos, Organizaciones de Jóvenes y Mujeres, nos reunimos en Kinshasa,RDC, para atraer la atención de la SADC (Comunidad de Desarrollo del África Austrial,) sobre los retos que afectan nuestras vidas diarias.

La Cumbre de los Pueblos de la SADC se convoca anualmente en paralelo con la Cumbre de los Jefes de Estado bajo los auspicios de la SAPSN, Red de Solidaridad de los Pueblos de África del Sur. Nuestro tema de este año es ‘Reclamar a la  SADC para la Solidaridad del Pueblo y la Cooperación para el Desarrollo: Adueñarnos  de nuestros Recursos para la Seguridad y la Justicia del Pueblo”.
Después de nuestras deliberaciones en la Cumbre, hacemos un llamamiento a los gobiernos de la SADC y todas las partes interesadas a prestar  especial atención a lo que sigue:
    Privatización de los Servicios Públicos Básicos: Esto está empeorando la pobreza de los pueblos de la SADC, ya que los líderes africanos aplican políticas neo capitalistas y occidentales sin hacer un análisis profundo de los asuntos regionales y africanos. La privatización viola el derecho a la vida al infringir el derecho a la educación, salud, vivienda, agua potable, protección de las personas  y servicios, y también el derecho a la electricidad. Los pueblos de la SADC piden que:
    La RDC y los otros estados de la región implicados  en la exportación de electricidad de la Presa del Inga  se aseguren de que  haya una completa electrificación de la RDC antes de exportar. 
    La Sociedad Civil organizada que representa los intereses sociales concretos  debe ser implicada activamente en las negociaciones relativas a la concesión de contratos sobre servicios públicos con el fin de garantizar  los derechos socio-económicos de los trabajadores y la responsabilidad social de los nuevos accionistas  en los proyectos de desarrollo de la comunidad.
    Se debe PARALIZAR la privatización de los servicios esenciales.
2.     El impacto de las fuerzas externas en el conflicto armado de la RDC es de máxima preocupación.
La función de los estados extranjeros en la estabilización de la RDC debe ser asumido por los Jefes de Estado de la SADC. El pueblo  de SADC pide que:
     Los estados de la SADC actúen  y cooperen siguiendo carta de de la SADC sobre la seguridad  de la RDC para permitir la integración eficaz de los pueblos.
     Los estados de la SADC deben evitar sacar ventaja propia de la debilidad del gobierno congoleño para ocuparlo, como en el caso de Kayemba y el Bajo Congo por Angola, y otras formas de imposición. 
    Asegúrense los líderes de la SADC de que los recursos del Congo se utilizan en beneficio del pueblo congoleño.
    La rampante violencia sobre las mujeres y los niños en la RDC debe pararse inmediatamente.
3.      La democracia y los Derechos Humanos son una base sólida para mantener un desarrollo sostenible y garantizar la participación de la gente  en el proyecto de integración regional. Pedimos que
    Todos los gobiernos de la región respeten, promuevan y protejan los derechos humanos fundamentales. A este respecto, nos gustaría pedir la atención de los jefes de estado sobre el hecho de que la limitada libertad de expresión y asociación, en especial de las organizaciones políticas de la República Democrática del Congo, Swaziland, Angola y  Zimbabwe es un impedimento para la participación del pueblo en el proyecto de desarrollo colectivo.
    El acuerdo de reparto de poder entre los protagonista políticos que se celebró el 15 de setiembre 2008 en Zimbabwe debe  ser implementado con la realización de las promesas de las reformas sobre derechos humanos correspondientes.
    El fortalecimiento de los mecanismos de ejecución de las decisiones del Tribunal de la SADC. Los juicios y tribunales nacionales deben ser sin discriminación racial, sexual ni social.

4. Las deudas externas, la ayuda internacional y las injusticias comerciales son       ligaduras que atan a los africanos a la pobreza. La mayor parte de la población que paga este precio lo ignora. Por lo tanto es necesario que la sociedad civil se involucre en difundir los problemas de la deuda, y pidan la cancelación de la deuda externa al Jefe de Estado de la SADC.
El pueblo exige:
·        Una auditoría de la deuda externa, para separar la deuda legal de la ilegal, en especial cuando los líderes políticos disfrutan  del apoyo de los donantes y estados occidentales.
·        Organizar una reunión de la sociedad civil de la SADC sobre la deuda externa y someter su decisión a los Jefes de Estado de la SADC.
·        A nuestros gobiernos nacionales, a parar la apertura de nuestros mercados a la competencia internacional,  que afecta negativamentes a los comerciantes y pequeños productores y especialmente a las mujeres.
·        A nuestros gobiernos nacionales, a volver a  ver y revisar los Acuerdos de Partenariado Económico que han firmado mientras que aquellos que no han sido firmados todavía, deben abstenerse de hacerlo.
5. La Crisis Financiera Global.
La crisis financiera global está ampliamente generalizada, y sin embargo fue generada por las instituciones financieras de las naciones económicamente poderosas. El Estado debe implicarse más en la regulación del sector financiero para evitar el fraude, el blanqueo de dinero y sus  consecuencias sociales dañinas para el pueblo. Para conseguir esto exigimos que: 
    Los Jefes de Estado deben favorecer la creación de un mercado común de intercambio en la región, para permitir la cooperación financiera, la  integración y las aduanas regionales.
    Los estados de la SADC deben adoptar una política de concesión de microcréditos a la población en particular rural y campesina para favorecer la producción de productos locales.
6. El Cambio Climático y la Crisis Energética se ha convertido el el problema principal en el siglo 21 y  afecta a todos los países . De todos modos, las naciones más industrializadas  que están fuera de la región y del continente  son las mayores contaminadoras. El pueblo africano, especialmente las mujeres y los niños que ya son pobres, son los más afectados.
    Los pueblos de la SADC rechazan el principio  y la aplicación del comercio del carbón, que es una falsa conclusión  basada sobre el invento de un perverso derecho a contaminar. Proponen la reforestación de los bosques devastados por las compañías occidentales y tomar medidas para proteger el agua y la pesca.
    Los pueblos de la SADC deben participar y contribuir positivamente como Sociedad civil para encontrar soluciones nacionales al problema del Calentamiento Global. La Sociedad civil de la RDC quiere que los Jefes de Estado y las organizaciones no gubernamentales de la SADC apoyen la conservación de la gran cuenca central cuya mayor parte  se encuentra en el Congo.
7. La pobreza y el desempleo son una plaga en nuestra región, causada principalmente por las políticas neo-colonialistas y capitalistas implementadas por nuestros gobiernos. Los países de la SADC prometieron dedicar el 10% de sus presupuestos nacionales  a la agricultura (Cumbre de Maputo 2003) pero la crisis alimentaria continúa y no todos los países han cumplido sus acuerdos sobre agricultura. Tenemos 249 millones de personas en la región, el 70% de ellas dependen de la agricultura para alimentarse, para sus ingresos  y para el empleo. Los pobres gastan el 60-100% de lo que ganan en alimentos.
Por lo tanto, pedimos:
    El establecimiento de una agencia económica y social que  promueva  la  creación de empleo digno en cada país de la SADC;
    Una gran asignación presupuestaria para los sectores  clave, especialmente educación, creación de empleo y lucha contra la pobreza.
    En agricultura, los gobiernos deben proporcionar: infraestructuras (carreteras, ferrocarriles y acceso a los mercados), mecanización, insumos (semillas etc.), Investigación y servicios de extensión y construcciones para las organizaciones de agricultores.
    Se deben establecer enfoques de mitigación en las áreas donde el cambio climático está teniendo impacto, proporcionando, por ejemplo, regadío donde los campesinos dependen del agua de lluvia (ante la evidencia de que están siendo vulnerables por la sequía).

Bolivia Prescribes Solidarity: Health Care Reform under Evo Morales

Jason Tockman

The first time Mario Terán faced a doctor from Cuba, he killed him. He heard Che Guevara utter his famous last words: “Shoot, coward; you are only going to kill a man,” and in October of 1967, in a small schoolhouse in rural Bolivia, Sergeant Terán fired a round of bullets into the revolutionary’s body.

Forty years later, Terán walked into a medical clinic staffed by Cuban physicians. Disguising his identity, he requested medical attention. His cataracts were corrected, his sight restored.

Like hundreds of thousands of other Bolivians, Che’s killer is a beneficiary of Operación Milagro (Operation Miracle), the cornerstone of Cuba’s programs of social solidarity in the country. In addition to almost 2,000 Cuban medical personnel in Bolivia, aid from Cuba and Venezuela has funded the opening or expansion of at least 20 hospitals and 11 eye clinics across the country.

The support falls under the rubric of what President Evo Morales calls the “Peoples’ Trade Agreement” (TCP)-also known as the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) or TCP-ALBA-a regional integration accord signed in April 2006 that seeks to depart from the free trade model. Based upon principles of solidarity, cooperation and complementarity, the agreement recognizes asymmetries between countries and provides the greatest advantages to those with the smallest economies-in this case Bolivia.

What Cuba has, and is uniquely able to deliver under the framework of the TCP-ALBA, is a massive surplus of skilled physicians that the socialist country has been sending abroad since its first medical mission to Algeria in 1963.

Much as they do at sites across Bolivia, Cuban doctors work side-by-side with Bolivian physicians at the San Francisco de Asis Hospital in the rural town of Villa Tunari, nestled in the tropical El Chapare region. A Bolivian administrator explains that the hospital staff is comprised of 68 Cubans integrated with the 72 Bolivians who work there. Of the three surgeons, two are Cuban. The government of Cuba covers all of the expenses of their doctors, and they do not charge for services. One of the Cubans on site proudly asserts that in the span of one year his team had seen more than 30,000 patients, and conducted 400 surgeries.

At a national level, Bolivia’s TCP-ALBA Coordination Team documented that in 2007 Cuban medical personnel had provided services to around three million Bolivians. The following year, a BBC article reported the number of consultations had surged to nine million. Government figures from 2009 indicate that more than 260,000 Bolivians had undergone eye surgeries through Operación Milagro.

But not everyone in Bolivia is thrilled about the Cubans’ presence. Foremost among the critics is the profession’s trade association, the Bolivian Medical College, which claims that the Cuban physicians are unqualified and ignorant of Bolivian customs related to matters of health. Moreover, the College argues that the influx of foreign doctors deprives Bolivians of work.

The proposition of substituting Bolivian for Cuban doctors has resonated with many in the medical community. In an outlying neighborhood of El Alto, a Bolivian doctor, speaking anonymously, expressed that, while he does not oppose the Cuban teams, he shares the sentiment of the Medical College: “This money should go to Bolivian doctors, not to Cubans, we say. There are unemployed Bolivian doctors. They should give the work to them, not to foreigners.”

Many doctors contest the profession’s official narrative, including Cochabamba physician Godofredo Reinicke, once El Chapare’s Human Rights Ombudsman, and now director of the human rights group Puente Investigación y Enlace. Reinicke explains: “The Medical College has rejected the Cubans’ presence because… it lacks the solidarity that it once had with the people; the doctor has become some sort of mercantilist. For me, the presence of [Cuban] doctors in particular is aid of utmost importance. [They are] advancing the theme of solidarity for doctors and common citizens to see how people can work without the necessity of pressure, conditionality or money.”

Nationality aside, few would contest that the Bolivian health care system suffers from insufficient facilities and personnel. According to a 2004 World Bank report, the number of Bolivian medical practitioners per capita was half of the Latin American average, with only 6.6 doctors and 3.4 nurses for every 10,000 people. The Bank estimated that an additional 8,850 health professional and many more health facilities were needed in Bolivia.

“Seventy-seven percent of the population is excluded from health services in some manner,” explained Bolivia’s former Health Minister Dr. Nila Heredia in her 2006 presentation before the World Health Organization. “This reproduces in the field of health those inequalities and injustices of the economic structure.”

Under Bolivia’s system, the country’s elite nets five times more in health care expenditures than those with the lowest incomes. Social security and private health care, which together represent four-fifths of all health care expenditures, are highly regressive. The World Bank found that only around 4% goes to poorest 20% of the population, while almost half is enjoyed by the richest quintile. Rural residents are especially disadvantaged, with many effectively lacking any access to health care services.

While medical solidarity from Cuba, Venezuela and other donor countries has been helpful in confronting Bolivia’s uneven health care landscape, it is not a permanent fix. In the end, Bolivians should be seeing Bolivian doctors, a point implicitly acknowledged by the several thousand scholarships provided to Bolivians to study medicine in Cuba and Venezuela.

The Morales government has also initiated a series of domestic programs to increase health services. A newly announced mother-child subsidy called “Juana Azurduy” provides cash payments to pregnant women and mothers with babies through their second year, so long as they maintain pre- and post-natal checkups. Nutritional and vaccination campaigns have been initiated and expanded to combat malnutrition and diseases such as yellow fever and rubéola (measles). And in an effort to transcend the dominance of the “biomedical” model, the newly approved Constitution (January 2009) guarantees and promotes the use of indigenous medicines and “ancestral knowledge and practices.”

Although these reforms signify important advances, there remain significant structural, budgetary and ideological challenges fundamental to the design of Bolivia’s health care system. Debates over privatized care, unequal access, lack of funds, and the prioritization of biomedical disease treatment over the promotion of health and traditional medicines are by no means unique to Bolivia. Yet they sit uncomfortably at odds with the new Constitution’s promise of “universal, free, equitable, intracultural” access to health care for all Bolivians.

Lifting Bolivia from close to the bottom of the hemisphere’s health indicators will be a difficult task for Morales, much as it was for his predecessors. The initiatives he has implemented to date provide, at best, partial answers. But while Bolivia awaits more durable solutions, the government’s immediate approaches have won accolades from many Bolivians, with the importation of Cuban medical professionals being a particularly popular measure.

“The Cubans are well received by those who have visited them and been attended as patients,” the mayor of a town in El Chapare told me. “I welcome them because they are the support the population needs.”


Source: https://nacla.org/node/6070

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Conferencia Internacional de gobiernos y movimientos sociales “Integración regional: una oportunidad frente a las crisis”
DIA: 21 y 22 de Julio
Lugar: PRODEPA, dosage Av. Eusebio Ayala Km 4, troche 5, treatment Asunción del Paraguay


PROGRAMA


21 JULIO

09:00–09:30 Bienvenida a cargo de los organizadores:
– Enrique Daza, Secretario Ejecutivo, Alianza Social Continental, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Agenda de los Pueblos para Regionalismos Alternativos (PAAR), Holanda
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Canciller, República del Paraguay
09:30–11:30 Crisis sistémica, impactos de la crisis en los procesos de integración regional

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Parlamentario, Filipinas (DESCARGAR PRESENTACION – INGLES)
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Gana

– Elizabeth Gauthier, Espace Marx, Francia (DESCARGAR PRESENTACION INGLES- POWER POINT / TEXTO)

Moderacion

Cecilia Olivet,

TNI, Holanda

11:30-13:30 Respuestas regionales a la crisis

– Juan Castillo, Secretario de Relaciones Internacional de PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal (DESCARGAR PRESENTACION – INGLES)
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Filipinas
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC Francia

Moderacion

José Miguel Hernández,

CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

13:30-15:00 Lunch
15:00-17:30 Integración Regional: Repensando el modelo de desarrollo.  Complementariedad versus competencia. Integración y Asimetrías
– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice Canciller, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Gobierno Argentina
-Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Graciela Rodríguez, REBRIP, Brasil

– Dot Keet, SAPSN, Sudafrica (DESCARGAR PRESENTACION – INGLES)

– Charles Santiago, Parlamentario, Malasia

Moderacion

Gonzalo Berrón,

ASC/CSA, Brasil

17:30-18:00 Coffee break
18:00-20:00 Modelo de desarrollo e Infraestructura
– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brasil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, Sudáfrica

Moderacion

Ximana Centellas,

Directora General de

Gestión Pública,

Viceministerio de

Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia


22 JULIO


09:00-10:45 Crisis energética y cambio climático: Desafíos para su superación. Integración y energía: Experiencias regionales

– Walden Bello, Paralamentario, Filipinas

– Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina (DESCARGAR PRESENTACION – ESPAÑOL)
– Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay (DESCARGAR PRESENTACION – ESPAÑOL)
– Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, España

Moderacion
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos,

Iniciativa Paraguaya por la

Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 Coffe Break
11:00-13:00 Modelo Productivo para garantizar la Soberanía alimentaria regional
– Juan José Domínguez, Parlamentario, MPP – FA Uruguay
– Rabindra Adhikari, Parlamentario, Nepal
– Indra Lubis, La Vía Campesina, Indonesia
– Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe




– Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile (DESCARGAR PRESENTACION SPANISH)

Moderacion

Martin Prieto, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

13:00-14:00 Almuerzo
14:00–16:00 Finanzas y modelo de desarrollo: Nuevas estructuras financieras: (Banco del Sur, monedas regionales, etc)  
– Pedro Páez, Presidente Comisión Técnica Presidencial Ecuatoriana para la Nueva Arquitectura Financiera Regional y el Banco del Sur, Ecuador
– Beverly Keene, Jubileo Sur, Argentina
– Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Republica Checa

Moderacion

Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, Francia

16:00-17:00 Paz Regional, Democracia y Derechos Humanos

– Lee, Seung-Heon, Departamento de Relaciones Exteriores del Partido Democrático de Trabajadores de Corea, Corea del Sur (DESCARGAR PRESENTACION – INGLES)
– Camille Chalmers, Campaña por la Demililtarización de las Américas, Haití

– Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
– Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finlandia (DESCARGAR PRESENTACION – INGLES)
– Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia (DESCARGAR PRESENTACION – INGLES)

Moderation

Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ

Paraguay/ Iniciativa

Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00–17:30 Coffee break
17:30–20:00

Mesa Redonda: Integración Regional: Desafíos para los movimientos sociales y los gobiernos    

– Chacho Alvarez, Presidente de la Comisión de Representantes Permanentes del MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Gobierno Paraguay     
– Franklin Gonzalez, Gobierno Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/Parlamentario, Filipinas

– Nalu Farias, Marcha Mundial de las Mujeres, Brasil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Holanda
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, Sudafrica

Moderacion
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México


Co-organizan
Alianza Social Continental, Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, Agenda de los Pueblos para Regionalismos Alternativos, Focus on the Global South y Transnational Institute

En cooperación con

Confederación Sindical de Trabajadores y Trabajadoras de las Américas (CSA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA), TWN Africa, Trade Strategy Group, Jubileo Sur, REBRIP, Transform Europe, ATTAC Francia, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam,  Ecologistas en Acción

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, medicine Sala 1, nurse Consejo Nacional del Deporte, recipe Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm


PROGRAME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

– Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

– Elizabeth Gauthier, Espace Marx, France (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION ENGLISH – POWER POINT / TEXT)

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet,

TNI, Netherlands

11:30-13:30 Regional responses to the crises

– Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France

Moderation

José Miguel Hernández,

CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

13:30-15:00 Lunch
15:00-17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries

– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina

– Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

– Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil

– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)

– Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

Moderation

Gonzalo Berrón,

ASC/CSA, Brazil

17:30-18:00 Coffee break
18:00-20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure
– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa

Moderation

Ximana Centellas,

Directora General de

Gestión Pública,

Viceministerio de

Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia


22 JULY


09:00-10:45 Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions

– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines

– Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – SPANISH)
– Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – SPANISH)
– Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain

Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos,

Iniciativa Paraguaya por la

Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 Coffe Break
11:00-13:00 Production model and Food Sovereignty

– Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay

– Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
– Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
– Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
– Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION SPANISH)

Moderation

Martin Prieto, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00–16:00 Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)
– Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
– Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
– Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic

Moderation

Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

16:00-17:00 Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights

– Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)
– Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti

– Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
– Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)
– Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)

Moderation

Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ

Paraguay/ Iniciativa

Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00–17:30 Coffee break
17:30–20:00

Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments

– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa
Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México


Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA)

See


INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, view Sala 1, Consejo Nacional del Deporte, malady Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm


PROGRAME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

– Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

– Elizabeth Gauthier, Espace Marx, France (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION ENGLISH – POWER POINT / TEXT)

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet,

TNI, Netherlands

11:30-13:30 Regional responses to the crises

– Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France

Moderation

José Miguel Hernández,

CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

13:30-15:00 Lunch
15:00-17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries

– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina

– Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

– Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil

– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)

– Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

Moderation

Gonzalo Berrón,

ASC/CSA, Brazil

17:30-18:00 Coffee break
18:00-20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure
– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa

Moderation

Ximana Centellas,

Directora General de

Gestión Pública,

Viceministerio de

Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia


22 JULY


09:00-10:45 Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions

– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines

– Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – SPANISH)
– Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – SPANISH)
– Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain

Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos,

Iniciativa Paraguaya por la

Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 Coffe Break
11:00-13:00 Production model and Food Sovereignty

– Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay

– Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
– Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
– Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
– Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION SPANISH)

Moderation

Martin Prieto, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00–16:00 Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)
– Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
– Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
– Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic

Moderation

Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

16:00-17:00 Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights

– Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)
– Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti

– Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
– Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)
– Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)

Moderation

Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ

Paraguay/ Iniciativa

Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00–17:30 Coffee break
17:30–20:00

Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments

– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa
Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México


Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA)

See Programme and download some of the presentations of the


INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, Sala 1, site Consejo Nacional del Deporte, Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm


PROGRAME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

– Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

– Elizabeth Gauthier, Espace Marx, France (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION ENGLISH – POWER POINT / TEXT)

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet,

TNI, Netherlands

11:30-13:30 Regional responses to the crises

– Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France

Moderation

José Miguel Hernández,

CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

13:30-15:00 Lunch
15:00-17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries

– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina

– Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

– Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil

– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)

– Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

Moderation

Gonzalo Berrón,

ASC/CSA, Brazil

17:30-18:00 Coffee break
18:00-20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure
– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa

Moderation

Ximana Centellas,

Directora General de

Gestión Pública,

Viceministerio de

Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia


22 JULY


09:00-10:45 Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions

– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines

– Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – SPANISH)
– Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – SPANISH)
– Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain

Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos,

Iniciativa Paraguaya por la

Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 Coffe Break
11:00-13:00 Production model and Food Sovereignty

– Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay

– Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
– Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
– Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
– Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION SPANISH)

Moderation

Martin Prieto, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00–16:00 Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)
– Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
– Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
– Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic

Moderation

Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

16:00-17:00 Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights

– Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)
– Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti

– Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
– Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)
– Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)

Moderation

Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ

Paraguay/ Iniciativa

Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00–17:30 Coffee break
17:30–20:00

Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments

– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa
Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México


Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA)

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, check Sala 1, healing Consejo Nacional del Deporte, Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm


PROGRAME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

– Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

– Elizabeth Gauthier, Espace Marx, France (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION ENGLISH – POWER POINT / TEXT)

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet,

TNI, Netherlands

11:30-13:30 Regional responses to the crises

– Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France

Moderation

José Miguel Hernández,

CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

13:30-15:00 Lunch
15:00-17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries

– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina

– Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

– Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil

– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)

– Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

Moderation

Gonzalo Berrón,

ASC/CSA, Brazil

17:30-18:00 Coffee break
18:00-20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure
– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa

Moderation

Ximana Centellas,

Directora General de

Gestión Pública,

Viceministerio de

Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia


22 JULY


09:00-10:45 Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions

– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines

– Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – SPANISH)
– Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – SPANISH)
– Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain

Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos,

Iniciativa Paraguaya por la

Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 Coffe Break
11:00-13:00 Production model and Food Sovereignty

– Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay

– Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
– Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
– Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
– Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION SPANISH)

Moderation

Martin Prieto, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00–16:00 Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)
– Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
– Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
– Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic

Moderation

Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

16:00-17:00 Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights

– Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)
– Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti

– Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
– Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)
– Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)

Moderation

Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ

Paraguay/ Iniciativa

Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00–17:30 Coffee break
17:30–20:00

Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments

– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa
Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México


Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA)

See Programme and download some of the presentations of the


INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, seek Sala 1, Consejo Nacional del Deporte, Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm


PROGRAME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

– Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

– Elizabeth Gauthier, Espace Marx, France (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION ENGLISH – POWER POINT / TEXT)

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet,

TNI, Netherlands

11:30-13:30 Regional responses to the crises

– Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France

Moderation

José Miguel Hernández,

CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

13:30-15:00 Lunch
15:00-17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries

– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina

– Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

– Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil

– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)

– Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

Moderation

Gonzalo Berrón,

ASC/CSA, Brazil

17:30-18:00 Coffee break
18:00-20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure
– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa

Moderation

Ximana Centellas,

Directora General de

Gestión Pública,

Viceministerio de

Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia


22 JULY


09:00-10:45 Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions

– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines

– Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – SPANISH)
– Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – SPANISH)
– Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain

Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos,

Iniciativa Paraguaya por la

Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 Coffe Break
11:00-13:00 Production model and Food Sovereignty

– Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay

– Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
– Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
– Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
– Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION SPANISH)

Moderation

Martin Prieto, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00–16:00 Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)
– Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
– Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
– Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic

Moderation

Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

16:00-17:00 Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights

– Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)
– Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti

– Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
– Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)
– Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)

Moderation

Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ

Paraguay/ Iniciativa

Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00–17:30 Coffee break
17:30–20:00

Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments

– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa
Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México


Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA)

See Programme and download some of the presentations of the


INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, Sala 1, Consejo Nacional del Deporte, and Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm


PROGRAME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

– Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

– Elizabeth Gauthier, Espace Marx, France (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION ENGLISH – POWER POINT / TEXT)

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet,

TNI, Netherlands

11:30-13:30 Regional responses to the crises

– Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France

Moderation

José Miguel Hernández,

CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

13:30-15:00 Lunch
15:00-17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries

– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina

– Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

– Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil

– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)

– Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

Moderation

Gonzalo Berrón,

ASC/CSA, Brazil

17:30-18:00 Coffee break
18:00-20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure
– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa

Moderation

Ximana Centellas,

Directora General de

Gestión Pública,

Viceministerio de

Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia


22 JULY


09:00-10:45 Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions

– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines

– Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – SPANISH)
– Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – SPANISH)
– Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain

Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos,

Iniciativa Paraguaya por la

Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 Coffe Break
11:00-13:00 Production model and Food Sovereignty

– Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay

– Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
– Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
– Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
– Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION SPANISH)

Moderation

Martin Prieto, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00–16:00 Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)
– Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
– Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
– Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic

Moderation

Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

16:00-17:00 Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights

– Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)
– Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti

– Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
– Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)
– Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)

Moderation

Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ

Paraguay/ Iniciativa

Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00–17:30 Coffee break
17:30–20:00

Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments

– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa
Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México


Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA)

See Programme and download some of the presentations of the


INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, Sala 1, Consejo Nacional del Deporte, Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm


PROGRAME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

– Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

– Elizabeth Gauthier, Espace Marx, France (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION ENGLISH – POWER POINT / TEXT)

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet,

TNI, Netherlands

11:30-13:30 Regional responses to the crises

– Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France

Moderation

José Miguel Hernández,

CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

13:30-15:00 Lunch
15:00-17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries

– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina

– Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

– Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil

– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)

– Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

Moderation

Gonzalo Berrón,

ASC/CSA, Brazil

17:30-18:00 Coffee break
18:00-20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure
– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa

Moderation

Ximana Centellas,

Directora General de

Gestión Pública,

Viceministerio de

Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia


22 JULY


09:00-10:45 Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions

– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines

– Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – SPANISH)
– Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – SPANISH)
– Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain

Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos,

Iniciativa Paraguaya por la

Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 Coffe Break
11:00-13:00 Production model and Food Sovereignty

– Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay

– Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
– Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
– Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
– Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION SPANISH)

Moderation

Martin Prieto, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00–16:00 Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)
– Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
– Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
– Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic

Moderation

Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

16:00-17:00 Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights

– Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)
– Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti

– Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
– Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)
– Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)

Moderation

Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ

Paraguay/ Iniciativa

Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00–17:30 Coffee break
17:30–20:00

Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments

– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa
Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México


Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA)

See Programme and download some of the presentations of the

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, click Sala 1, Consejo Nacional del Deporte, Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm


PROGRAME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

– Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

– Elizabeth Gauthier, Espace Marx, France (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION ENGLISH – POWER POINT / TEXT)

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet,

TNI, Netherlands

11:30-13:30 Regional responses to the crises

– Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France

Moderation

José Miguel Hernández,

CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

13:30-15:00 Lunch
15:00-17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries

– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina

– Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

– Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil

– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)

– Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

Moderation

Gonzalo Berrón,

ASC/CSA, Brazil

17:30-18:00 Coffee break
18:00-20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure
– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa

Moderation

Ximana Centellas,

Directora General de

Gestión Pública,

Viceministerio de

Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia


22 JULY


09:00-10:45 Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions

– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines

– Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – SPANISH)
– Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – SPANISH)
– Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain

Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos,

Iniciativa Paraguaya por la

Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 Coffe Break
11:00-13:00 Production model and Food Sovereignty

– Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay

– Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
– Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
– Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
– Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION SPANISH)

Moderation

Martin Prieto, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00–16:00 Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)
– Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
– Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
– Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic

Moderation

Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

16:00-17:00 Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights

– Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)
– Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti

– Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
– Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)
– Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)

Moderation

Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ

Paraguay/ Iniciativa

Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00–17:30 Coffee break
17:30–20:00

Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments

– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa
Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México


Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA)

Hemispheric Social Alliance

March 2009

The crisis as a unique opportunity

The current economic crisis is systemic in nature and marks the demise of the neoliberal model of development and globalization. It is imperative that we build concrete alternatives to this model, which, until recently, pharm had been artificially sustained by a bubble of multiple speculative operations. We must also reflect on the fact that this pattern of functioning of the world economy in general, and of the financial system in particular, has come to an end. In this context, Latin American countries have before them a historical opportunity for advancing towards a just and sustainable model of development for the region.

When proposing solutions to the crisis, we have the advantage of not having to confront the model while in its full force, as it has obviously reached its limits. Indeed, this is where opportunity lies, as such a broad space for proposing and constructing alternatives was not as visible a short while ago, nor was it expected to appear – especially in the world of “laissez faire – laissez passer”, of the dominant neoliberal “pensée unique” and “the end of history”.

The current crisis exposes the failure of a system full of promises, yet incapable of fulfilling them. The women and men excluded by capital’s policies have lost faith in the “free trade” myth and the current hegemonic model of production and management of natural and energy resources.

Why regional integration is a solution

Regional integration appears today as an alternative that will enable countries in the region to overcome the global economic crisis by creating dynamic economic relations and ties of solidarity among themselves.

– The global market crisis and the limits of domestic markets

The global markets have suffered a collapse and lost their capacity to generate dynamism for the economies in the region, which, in recent years, had gaily navigated the waves created by spectacular increases in food and livestock, mineral and energy commodity prices. The impacts of the crisis are already becoming visible in our countries, demonstrating that the improvements in some macroeconomic indicators, which had been achieved through this type of insertion into the world economy, have not been sufficient to produce structural changes to the development model. That is, the model has not become one of increased sectoral homogeneity, with a dynamic internal market based on the consumption of those at the “bottom of the pyramid”; diversified exports in terms of both products and trading partners; improved job and product quality; and greater social and environmental justice.

There is no guarantee that the economic situation after the crisis will be one of great liquidity of capital and credit, as there was in recent years. Therefore, national governments must face the dilemma of either waiting for the global crisis to pass and when it does, try to slowly recuperate the dynamism in sales of traditional export products on the international market, knowing that the chances of this happening are low; or pursuing limited nationalist solutions that are constrained by the lack of resources and markets most countries in the region face when acting alone.

– Energy, food and water for all

Latin America – as a region – has abundant water, environmental, social, cultural, mineral and energy resources, as well as considerable technological development capacities. Its chances of attaining food, water and energy sovereignty are greater than other regions of the planet. There are public and private enterprises that own infrastructure and could be brought into the regional integration process. Finally, there are governments and social movements in the region that share a reasonable level of political solidarity with regards to the integration process.

When faced with the dilemma posed by the current crisis, then, regional integration appears as a viable and important alternative, as a possibility of moving towards a new development model that is more sustainable and just than the one that has been implanted in our countries until now.

Regional integration, as conceived by the people in the region, offers greater opportunities for our countries. It proposes that the principle of solidarity replace savage competition and the free market, which – as we well know and the crisis has clearly demonstrated – lead neither to balance nor justice, as some theorists claimed it would. The peoples1’ integration would be founded on the principles of complementarity and solidarity and would focus on attaining more socially and economically equitable and just societies. The ultimate objective would be to ensure that system works to benefit all men and women in a holistic manner.

Non-traditional experiences in integration, like the ALBA (Alternativa Bolivariana para las Américas or Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas, in English), show that complementarity and solidarity between our countries can satisfy the needs of our population in a much more rational and efficient way than intra-regional competition, free trade or having the market act as the system’s only regulatory mechanism.


Processes of integration in the region and the dispute for a popular and sustainable integration model

While looking at the various integration processes in the Americas, one can say that, on the bright side, they have evolved slowly – so slow that they appearing to be paralysed. One cannot deny that some progressive measures have been taken in Mercosur: for example, the incorporation of concerns about the existing asymmetries within the block and incipient efforts to create funds for addressing this problem. The same can be said for changes in political institutions and the advances in the Union of South American Nations, or UNASUR (its abbreviation in Spanish). However, in more concrete terms, the processes’ potential to improve the quality of living of the peoples and workers in our region is far from becoming reality.

On the down side, one can observe the subjugation of these processes to neoliberal thought through the adoption of the “open regionalism” model. The application of this model has left grave marks on the Andean Community (CAN), Central America and the Caribbean. Encouraged by the promotion of indiscriminate competition – both within and between trading blocks – and the signing of bilateral free trade agreements with Europe and the United States, open regionalism has reduced integration to its commercial aspects (trade), thereby eroding possibilities to develop the other dimensions of integration. Nothing indicates that this type of integration has benefitted the societies of these countries.

In other words, when one observes the lengthy experience of regional integration processes in the Americas – some having lasted for over 40 years – and takes into consideration the path they have followed until now, it is not clear that regional integration could potentially benefit our people. What is evident, though, is that the rhetoric of political commitment to integration has often been confronted, in practice, with the adoption of solutions that give priority to national political or economic interests. Collective actions and solutions are relegated to a secondary plane, as governments have been unwilling to assume the so-called short-term “costs” of integration.

To overcome the political dimension of this problem, the pursuit of the consolidation of national sovereignty must be understood within the framework of a common commitment to deepening democracy and the autonomy of the region; an example of this is UNASUR’s recent intervention in conflicts in Bolivia. In this sense, consistent and sustained commitment of governments to the integration processes is fundamental. Such a commitment must be expressed through the building of solid institutions that function according to policies and common actions developed while truly exercising shared and genuine sovereignty.

It is undeniable that what has made an alternative form of integration possible and feasible is the fact that in many countries, the State has recuperated its ability to promote productive and social development or has made significant progress in this area. This is why we must insist that the alternative model of integration we pursue is not incompatible, but rather complementary to the defence of and advances in national sovereignty. This does not imply defending strict nationalism, but rather a possible path towards integration between nations – nations that are not simply victims of imperialist plans, but rather sovereign nations with national development projects. These projects must be articulated on a regional level.

Latin America, the new geopolitical situation and the construction of a new regionally based model of development

Regional integration can play a key role in this new historical context, especially when we consider two fundamental strategic perspectives that have widened in recent years:

– Countries in the region want to define their own role in the multi-polar world that is emerging, in spite of the growing difficulties caused by the U.S. government’s unilateralism. They are unable to assume this role on their own,

  • – No single country, not even the most powerful ones, acting isolatedly will be able to implement dynamics that differ from those driven by the globalized world market. In other words, to be “post-neoliberal”, national development processes must be linked to regional integration.
  • – However, to move forward in this direction, the integration process must be seen as part of a transition towards an alternative model of production and consumption that overcomes the limits of the current development model.

The crisis and the limits it imposes on the possibility of maintaining the status quo should compel us to overcome existing weaknesses and to develop the new dynamism that institutional developments must promote. These efforts must be linked to the need to respond to the crisis with an autonomous and alternative development project for the region – that is, one that has been emancipated from the interests of current world powers.

Defining the path that will lead us to the type of regional integration we propose:


  • – A regionally organized and regulated production strategy
    First and foremost, this strategy must be radically different from providing support for major companies that are seeking to acquire at the regional level the strength they need to compete in the global market. This type of integration only results in increasing capital’s mobility and profits. This strategy has been promoted in the region for over a decade, through proposals such as the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA) and the Initiative for the Integration of Regional Infrastructure in South America (IIRSA), as well as the push for progressive liberalization during negotiations at the World Trade Organization (WTO). These companies will soon attempt to reactivate this process, which could advance freely and rapidly if it is not confronted by an integration project based on solidarity that serves as a political and economic counterproposal. This is not, however, the kind of integration we want.


    To construct regional integration as an alternative to the crisis, we must focus our attention on two essential elements. First, one important task for the on-going process of building alternative regional institutions should be the regulation of these companies’ operations at the regional level, taking into account social, cultural, environmental and other interests. Second, it is fundamental that the production chains in the region be restructured according to a new scale of the companies’ operations at the regional level. This must be done in a way that ensures that their expansion is not seen as an attempt to reaffirm hegemonies and the power of some countries over others, but rather as one possible way of generating economic dynamism, employment and wealth for the entire region.

  • – Overcoming asymmetries as a short-, medium- and long-term objective
    One of the priorities of the integration process should be to overcome asymmetries between countries and within the countries of the region, creating integrated production systems as well as production, service and trade circuits in which everyone may become integrated. The fundamental objective would be to use this process to generate dynamic development opportunities for regions and countries that are currently experiencing difficulties or suffering from stagnation. Given the historical accumulation of fragilities of entire regions and countries in Latin America, we should first adopt specific policies that seek to compensate existing asymmetries in the short run, namely in the area of social development, in a way that reduces the differences and, at the same time, allows these regions to develop their ability to take advantage of dynamic opportunities in the process.
  • – Regional technical and cultural production
    Incentives could and should be provided for important elements, due to their capacity to propel the regional development process and to increase the visibility and popularity of our alternatives. They also have potential to generate dynamism and to contribute to finding solutions for specific problems in the region.


    One such element is the integration of centres of technological development and cultural production/broadcasting in the region. In several countries, there already exist centres for technological development (specialized or generic) in various fields ranging from agriculture and livestock to the aeronautic and pharmaceutical industries, among others. There is no reason not to integrate these centres. We should do so in order to take advantage of their synergies and use the resources generated in the region for the benefit of all of Latin America. The same can be said for the region’s enormous potential in audiovisual production and sports, and its even greater potential for development, which only the creation of a new scale of consumption derived from an expanded regional market could provide.

    Furthermore, this proposal must be defended during negotiations in the WTO and with other trading blocks (like the EU) on “Rules of Origin”. The major powers specifically use these rules to stop small countries and emerging economies from coordinating their productive activities with the goal of exporting to markets outside of the region.

  • – Small and medium enterprises as a priority
    Another element is providing general or sector-based incentives for the development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). SMEs could be stimulated by the integrated development of regional markets. They could also operate in a range of fields – from software development to tourism (e.g. a network small hostels or hotels) – and take advantage of the region’s diversity in cultures and environments. Small and medium enterprises offer real potential in terms of job creation. Moreover, by linking them to the regional integration process – that is, one that truly supports development – they could lend significant social legitimacy to the process.
  • – Regional food sovereignty and support for family farming in small and medium production units
    The viability of certain local and regional items produced by family and peasant farmers is compromised by the limits of consumption in these regions and in some countries. Therefore, the creation of a regional market could help to guarantee the viability of a more diversified production of agricultural products. This production must differ from the homogeneity of the products and productive processes that are typical of agribusiness, with its highly concentrated and transnationalized commercialization structure and technological packages. The distribution of these products could also gain momentum and promote regional gastronomy, gastronomic tourism and other activities that could generate economic dynamism and foster cultural integration.
  • – Facilitate intra-regional public transportation with the people as a priority
    Integrating the region’s transportation infrastructure is another fundamental element that would contribute to the regional integration process. It must take advantage of the diversity of existing modes of transportation and take into account local solutions for addressing environmental and climate issues. It must also consider regional perspectives for technological production and development and the possibility of creating regional public enterprises. Here, we need to think big, as problems in long-distance transportation cannot be resolved by building more highways. Why not think of reactivating and integrating local and regional railway systems? Why not think of integrating sea and river transportation by taking advantage of what already exists? Why not think of creating a regional airline company that makes the integration of a network of medium-size cities in the region feasibly by using small- and medium-size planes that the aeronautic industry in the region already has the potential to produce.. We are not talking about an abstract problem, but rather one that every Latin American who has attempted to travel or transport cargo within the region has faced. It is important that we consider the impact of these processes in each country. We must also reaffirm strong support for the improvement of public transportation in urban centres, as a way to discourage the use of individual means of transport that have impacts on the demand for energy.
  • – Regional financial integration
    The debate about the Banco del Sur brought to light the political challenges and different perspectives that exist in various countries. But it also showed the enormous potential and the need to develop a regional financial system that could simultaneously regulate finances on the regional level and protect economies in the region and the regional economy from external shocks. It should also create one or more mechanisms for fostering regional development and allow for a dynamic process of exchange between the Latin American economies, which does not mean sanctioning, through the use of currency, the power of the central capitalist economies. In other words, it should allow for the creation of a regional currency or a system in which a common unit of reference (that does not necessarily aim to make a common currency feasible) would be used in the region. Rather than acting as restrictions, the difficulties and financial turbulence should serve as a motive for intensifying discussion on and actions aimed at moving forward with the process of regional regulation and financial development.
  • – Regional energy solidarity and complementarity
    Difficulties in regulating potential energy generation through regional agreements should have led to the consolidation of a regional public entity that regulates and promotes an integrated energy system. Moving beyond limited national interests, efforts to render energy generation feasible at the regional level must promote the use of all alternative sources, so that production methods are the least harmful as possible to the environment while, at the same time, ensure the satisfaction of a new pattern of production and consumption that will be established by an alternative regional development process. Reducing distances between producers and consumers to decrease the amount of energy used to transport products could be one of the many initiatives that would help to consolidate a new energy model. Fundamentally, this new model must be based on the premise of energy sovereignty and solidarity, on striving for increased efficiency and the diversification of energy sources, namely renewable ones.
  • – A new model for participation and transparency
    Political and social sectors in favour of deepening Latin American integration processes must come together to reflect on what the appropriate mechanisms for civil participation are. We must avoid reproducing the logic inherited from the 1990s. In this sense, in order to promote the consolidation of democracy, mechanisms of social participation must be effective channels of dialogue and for advancing proposals through which througsocial movements and organized civil society (made up of diverse political actors, including members of political parties and parliament) may express their needs and views on sensitive issues. For example, in the case of productive or infrastructure projects that have different kinds of territorial and environmental impacts, we need to develop a methodology that guarantees real participation in the decision-making process. This methodology must go beyond the logic of “presenting environmental impact studies”, which capital has learned to manipulate for its benefit. It must guarantee that the decisions made take into account the collective interests of those directly affected by the projects, social license (as foreseen by the U.N. International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, ESCR, art.1, paragraph 2.), the redistribution of the project’s benefits and its concrete contributions in terms of reducing poverty.

Constructing integration for and by the Peoples

The essence and the motor of a new regional development model must be: the integration of millions of Latin American women and men into a new system of consumption and production that generates wealth and employment, allows for the expansion of the market in the region, builds an alternative development process and strives to drastically reduce all kinds of inequalities that exist among the people in the region.

In the same way we have already stated that we must overcome asymmetries between countries and within countries in the region, we must also assume a commitment to reducing social inequalities between the peoples and within the peoples. Here, we, the social movements, are proposing the transformation – of the socioeconomic development model – by transforming ourselves; that is to say – we conceive the integration of diverse social subjects within our peoples as the starting point for the integration of the peoples. As such, the integration of the peoples – of our nations – must not only be “based on the political transformation for the peoples”, but also based on the social transformation of the people. We conceive this process as an opportunity to advance in the transition towards another model of production and consumption, which requires new forms of organizing social, community and labour relations.

Transforming weakness into strength, needs into potential for development, inequalities to be overcome into possibilities for transformation and technological development, respect for cultural differences into the driving force of the regional integration process, even in economic terms. This is to be the engine of an alternative we can build so that – far beyond the haziness and the turbulence of the current economic crisis – we may see our real potential for creating a different and better world in Latin America and the Caribbean. We can then integrate this new world with other regions that must also take advantage of and develop their own possibilities.

Today, we, the social movements, when addressing the current global crisis or the combination of specific crises, have the historical opportunity of contributing towards what could be the beginning of the final stage of an exhausted system, which has been backed into a corner. We must go beyond merely responding to the crisis, caused by the inherent contradictions of the system itself, and move towards a real confrontation between the included and the excluded. This will only be possible if we are able to build an alternative productive matrix that allows us to live well and enjoy the good life.


Hemispheric Social Alliance

March 2009

The crisis as a unique opportunity

The current economic crisis is systemic in nature and marks the demise of the neoliberal model of development and globalization. It is imperative that we build concrete alternatives to this model, which, rx until recently, malady had been artificially sustained by a bubble of multiple speculative operations. We must also reflect on the fact that this pattern of functioning of the world economy in general, and of the financial system in particular, has come to an end. In this context, Latin American countries have before them a historical opportunity for advancing towards a just and sustainable model of development for the region.

When proposing solutions to the crisis, we have the advantage of not having to confront the model while in its full force, as it has obviously reached its limits. Indeed, this is where opportunity lies, as such a broad space for proposing and constructing alternatives was not as visible a short while ago, nor was it expected to appear – especially in the world of “laissez faire – laissez passer”, of the dominant neoliberal “pensée unique” and “the end of history”.

The current crisis exposes the failure of a system full of promises, yet incapable of fulfilling them. The women and men excluded by capital’s policies have lost faith in the “free trade” myth and the current hegemonic model of production and management of natural and energy resources.

Why regional integration is a solution

Regional integration appears today as an alternative that will enable countries in the region to overcome the global economic crisis by creating dynamic economic relations and ties of solidarity among themselves.

– The global market crisis and the limits of domestic markets

The global markets have suffered a collapse and lost their capacity to generate dynamism for the economies in the region, which, in recent years, had gaily navigated the waves created by spectacular increases in food and livestock, mineral and energy commodity prices. The impacts of the crisis are already becoming visible in our countries, demonstrating that the improvements in some macroeconomic indicators, which had been achieved through this type of insertion into the world economy, have not been sufficient to produce structural changes to the development model. That is, the model has not become one of increased sectoral homogeneity, with a dynamic internal market based on the consumption of those at the “bottom of the pyramid”; diversified exports in terms of both products and trading partners; improved job and product quality; and greater social and environmental justice.

There is no guarantee that the economic situation after the crisis will be one of great liquidity of capital and credit, as there was in recent years. Therefore, national governments must face the dilemma of either waiting for the global crisis to pass and when it does, try to slowly recuperate the dynamism in sales of traditional export products on the international market, knowing that the chances of this happening are low; or pursuing limited nationalist solutions that are constrained by the lack of resources and markets most countries in the region face when acting alone.

– Energy, food and water for all

Latin America – as a region – has abundant water, environmental, social, cultural, mineral and energy resources, as well as considerable technological development capacities. Its chances of attaining food, water and energy sovereignty are greater than other regions of the planet. There are public and private enterprises that own infrastructure and could be brought into the regional integration process. Finally, there are governments and social movements in the region that share a reasonable level of political solidarity with regards to the integration process.

When faced with the dilemma posed by the current crisis, then, regional integration appears as a viable and important alternative, as a possibility of moving towards a new development model that is more sustainable and just than the one that has been implanted in our countries until now.

Regional integration, as conceived by the people in the region, offers greater opportunities for our countries. It proposes that the principle of solidarity replace savage competition and the free market, which – as we well know and the crisis has clearly demonstrated – lead neither to balance nor justice, as some theorists claimed it would. The peoples1’ integration would be founded on the principles of complementarity and solidarity and would focus on attaining more socially and economically equitable and just societies. The ultimate objective would be to ensure that system works to benefit all men and women in a holistic manner.

Non-traditional experiences in integration, like the ALBA (Alternativa Bolivariana para las Américas or Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas, in English), show that complementarity and solidarity between our countries can satisfy the needs of our population in a much more rational and efficient way than intra-regional competition, free trade or having the market act as the system’s only regulatory mechanism.


Processes of integration in the region and the dispute for a popular and sustainable integration model

While looking at the various integration processes in the Americas, one can say that, on the bright side, they have evolved slowly – so slow that they appearing to be paralysed. One cannot deny that some progressive measures have been taken in Mercosur: for example, the incorporation of concerns about the existing asymmetries within the block and incipient efforts to create funds for addressing this problem. The same can be said for changes in political institutions and the advances in the Union of South American Nations, or UNASUR (its abbreviation in Spanish). However, in more concrete terms, the processes’ potential to improve the quality of living of the peoples and workers in our region is far from becoming reality.

On the down side, one can observe the subjugation of these processes to neoliberal thought through the adoption of the “open regionalism” model. The application of this model has left grave marks on the Andean Community (CAN), Central America and the Caribbean. Encouraged by the promotion of indiscriminate competition – both within and between trading blocks – and the signing of bilateral free trade agreements with Europe and the United States, open regionalism has reduced integration to its commercial aspects (trade), thereby eroding possibilities to develop the other dimensions of integration. Nothing indicates that this type of integration has benefitted the societies of these countries.

In other words, when one observes the lengthy experience of regional integration processes in the Americas – some having lasted for over 40 years – and takes into consideration the path they have followed until now, it is not clear that regional integration could potentially benefit our people. What is evident, though, is that the rhetoric of political commitment to integration has often been confronted, in practice, with the adoption of solutions that give priority to national political or economic interests. Collective actions and solutions are relegated to a secondary plane, as governments have been unwilling to assume the so-called short-term “costs” of integration.

To overcome the political dimension of this problem, the pursuit of the consolidation of national sovereignty must be understood within the framework of a common commitment to deepening democracy and the autonomy of the region; an example of this is UNASUR’s recent intervention in conflicts in Bolivia. In this sense, consistent and sustained commitment of governments to the integration processes is fundamental. Such a commitment must be expressed through the building of solid institutions that function according to policies and common actions developed while truly exercising shared and genuine sovereignty.

It is undeniable that what has made an alternative form of integration possible and feasible is the fact that in many countries, the State has recuperated its ability to promote productive and social development or has made significant progress in this area. This is why we must insist that the alternative model of integration we pursue is not incompatible, but rather complementary to the defence of and advances in national sovereignty. This does not imply defending strict nationalism, but rather a possible path towards integration between nations – nations that are not simply victims of imperialist plans, but rather sovereign nations with national development projects. These projects must be articulated on a regional level.


Latin America, the new geopolitical situation and the construction of a new regionally based model of development

Regional integration can play a key role in this new historical context, especially when we consider two fundamental strategic perspectives that have widened in recent years:


– Countries in the region want to define their own role in the multi-polar world that is emerging, in spite of the growing difficulties caused by the U.S. government’s unilateralism. They are unable to assume this role on their own,



  • – No single country, not even the most powerful ones, acting isolatedly will be able to implement dynamics that differ from those driven by the globalized world market. In other words, to be “post-neoliberal”, national development processes must be linked to regional integration.
  • – However, to move forward in this direction, the integration process must be seen as part of a transition towards an alternative model of production and consumption that overcomes the limits of the current development model.



The crisis and the limits it imposes on the possibility of maintaining the status quo should compel us to overcome existing weaknesses and to develop the new dynamism that institutional developments must promote. These efforts must be linked to the need to respond to the crisis with an autonomous and alternative development project for the region – that is, one that has been emancipated from the interests of current world powers.

Defining the path that will lead us to the type of regional integration we propose:


  • – A regionally organized and regulated production strategy
    First and foremost, this strategy must be radically different from providing support for major companies that are seeking to acquire at the regional level the strength they need to compete in the global market. This type of integration only results in increasing capital’s mobility and profits. This strategy has been promoted in the region for over a decade, through proposals such as the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA) and the Initiative for the Integration of Regional Infrastructure in South America (IIRSA), as well as the push for progressive liberalization during negotiations at the World Trade Organization (WTO). These companies will soon attempt to reactivate this process, which could advance freely and rapidly if it is not confronted by an integration project based on solidarity that serves as a political and economic counterproposal. This is not, however, the kind of integration we want.



    To construct regional integration as an alternative to the crisis, we must focus our attention on two essential elements. First, one important task for the on-going process of building alternative regional institutions should be the regulation of these companies’ operations at the regional level, taking into account social, cultural, environmental and other interests. Second, it is fundamental that the production chains in the region be restructured according to a new scale of the companies’ operations at the regional level. This must be done in a way that ensures that their expansion is not seen as an attempt to reaffirm hegemonies and the power of some countries over others, but rather as one possible way of generating economic dynamism, employment and wealth for the entire region.

  • – Overcoming asymmetries as a short-, medium- and long-term objective
    One of the priorities of the integration process should be to overcome asymmetries between countries and within the countries of the region, creating integrated production systems as well as production, service and trade circuits in which everyone may become integrated. The fundamental objective would be to use this process to generate dynamic development opportunities for regions and countries that are currently experiencing difficulties or suffering from stagnation. Given the historical accumulation of fragilities of entire regions and countries in Latin America, we should first adopt specific policies that seek to compensate existing asymmetries in the short run, namely in the area of social development, in a way that reduces the differences and, at the same time, allows these regions to develop their ability to take advantage of dynamic opportunities in the process.
  • – Regional technical and cultural production
    Incentives could and should be provided for important elements, due to their capacity to propel the regional development process and to increase the visibility and popularity of our alternatives. They also have potential to generate dynamism and to contribute to finding solutions for specific problems in the region.



    One such element is the integration of centres of technological development and cultural production/broadcasting in the region. In several countries, there already exist centres for technological development (specialized or generic) in various fields ranging from agriculture and livestock to the aeronautic and pharmaceutical industries, among others. There is no reason not to integrate these centres. We should do so in order to take advantage of their synergies and use the resources generated in the region for the benefit of all of Latin America. The same can be said for the region’s enormous potential in audiovisual production and sports, and its even greater potential for development, which only the creation of a new scale of consumption derived from an expanded regional market could provide.

    Furthermore, this proposal must be defended during negotiations in the WTO and with other trading blocks (like the EU) on “Rules of Origin”. The major powers specifically use these rules to stop small countries and emerging economies from coordinating their productive activities with the goal of exporting to markets outside of the region.

  • – Small and medium enterprises as a priority
    Another element is providing general or sector-based incentives for the development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). SMEs could be stimulated by the integrated development of regional markets. They could also operate in a range of fields – from software development to tourism (e.g. a network small hostels or hotels) – and take advantage of the region’s diversity in cultures and environments. Small and medium enterprises offer real potential in terms of job creation. Moreover, by linking them to the regional integration process – that is, one that truly supports development – they could lend significant social legitimacy to the process.
  • – Regional food sovereignty and support for family farming in small and medium production units
    The viability of certain local and regional items produced by family and peasant farmers is compromised by the limits of consumption in these regions and in some countries. Therefore, the creation of a regional market could help to guarantee the viability of a more diversified production of agricultural products. This production must differ from the homogeneity of the products and productive processes that are typical of agribusiness, with its highly concentrated and transnationalized commercialization structure and technological packages. The distribution of these products could also gain momentum and promote regional gastronomy, gastronomic tourism and other activities that could generate economic dynamism and foster cultural integration.
  • – Facilitate intra-regional public transportation with the people as a priority
    Integrating the region’s transportation infrastructure is another fundamental element that would contribute to the regional integration process. It must take advantage of the diversity of existing modes of transportation and take into account local solutions for addressing environmental and climate issues. It must also consider regional perspectives for technological production and development and the possibility of creating regional public enterprises. Here, we need to think big, as problems in long-distance transportation cannot be resolved by building more highways. Why not think of reactivating and integrating local and regional railway systems? Why not think of integrating sea and river transportation by taking advantage of what already exists? Why not think of creating a regional airline company that makes the integration of a network of medium-size cities in the region feasibly by using small- and medium-size planes that the aeronautic industry in the region already has the potential to produce.. We are not talking about an abstract problem, but rather one that every Latin American who has attempted to travel or transport cargo within the region has faced. It is important that we consider the impact of these processes in each country. We must also reaffirm strong support for the improvement of public transportation in urban centres, as a way to discourage the use of individual means of transport that have impacts on the demand for energy.
  • – Regional financial integration
    The debate about the Banco del Sur brought to light the political challenges and different perspectives that exist in various countries. But it also showed the enormous potential and the need to develop a regional financial system that could simultaneously regulate finances on the regional level and protect economies in the region and the regional economy from external shocks. It should also create one or more mechanisms for fostering regional development and allow for a dynamic process of exchange between the Latin American economies, which does not mean sanctioning, through the use of currency, the power of the central capitalist economies. In other words, it should allow for the creation of a regional currency or a system in which a common unit of reference (that does not necessarily aim to make a common currency feasible) would be used in the region. Rather than acting as restrictions, the difficulties and financial turbulence should serve as a motive for intensifying discussion on and actions aimed at moving forward with the process of regional regulation and financial development.
  • – Regional energy solidarity and complementarity
    Difficulties in regulating potential energy generation through regional agreements should have led to the consolidation of a regional public entity that regulates and promotes an integrated energy system. Moving beyond limited national interests, efforts to render energy generation feasible at the regional level must promote the use of all alternative sources, so that production methods are the least harmful as possible to the environment while, at the same time, ensure the satisfaction of a new pattern of production and consumption that will be established by an alternative regional development process. Reducing distances between producers and consumers to decrease the amount of energy used to transport products could be one of the many initiatives that would help to consolidate a new energy model. Fundamentally, this new model must be based on the premise of energy sovereignty and solidarity, on striving for increased efficiency and the diversification of energy sources, namely renewable ones.
  • – A new model for participation and transparency
    Political and social sectors in favour of deepening Latin American integration processes must come together to reflect on what the appropriate mechanisms for civil participation are. We must avoid reproducing the logic inherited from the 1990s. In this sense, in order to promote the consolidation of democracy, mechanisms of social participation must be effective channels of dialogue and for advancing proposals through which througsocial movements and organized civil society (made up of diverse political actors, including members of political parties and parliament) may express their needs and views on sensitive issues. For example, in the case of productive or infrastructure projects that have different kinds of territorial and environmental impacts, we need to develop a methodology that guarantees real participation in the decision-making process. This methodology must go beyond the logic of “presenting environmental impact studies”, which capital has learned to manipulate for its benefit. It must guarantee that the decisions made take into account the collective interests of those directly affected by the projects, social license (as foreseen by the U.N. International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, ESCR, art.1, paragraph 2.), the redistribution of the project’s benefits and its concrete contributions in terms of reducing poverty.

Constructing integration for and by the Peoples

The essence and the motor of a new regional development model must be: the integration of millions of Latin American women and men into a new system of consumption and production that generates wealth and employment, allows for the expansion of the market in the region, builds an alternative development process and strives to drastically reduce all kinds of inequalities that exist among the people in the region.

In the same way we have already stated that we must overcome asymmetries between countries and within countries in the region, we must also assume a commitment to reducing social inequalities between the peoples and within the peoples. Here, we, the social movements, are proposing the transformation – of the socioeconomic development model – by transforming ourselves; that is to say – we conceive the integration of diverse social subjects within our peoples as the starting point for the integration of the peoples. As such, the integration of the peoples – of our nations – must not only be “based on the political transformation for the peoples”, but also based on the social transformation of the people. We conceive this process as an opportunity to advance in the transition towards another model of production and consumption, which requires new forms of organizing social, community and labour relations.

Transforming weakness into strength, needs into potential for development, inequalities to be overcome into possibilities for transformation and technological development, respect for cultural differences into the driving force of the regional integration process, even in economic terms. This is to be the engine of an alternative we can build so that – far beyond the haziness and the turbulence of the current economic crisis – we may see our real potential for creating a different and better world in Latin America and the Caribbean. We can then integrate this new world with other regions that must also take advantage of and develop their own possibilities.

Today, we, the social movements, when addressing the current global crisis or the combination of specific crises, have the historical opportunity of contributing towards what could be the beginning of the final stage of an exhausted system, which has been backed into a corner. We must go beyond merely responding to the crisis, caused by the inherent contradictions of the system itself, and move towards a real confrontation between the included and the excluded. This will only be possible if we are able to build an alternative productive matrix that allows us to live well and enjoy the good life.


Hemispheric Social Alliance

March 2009


The crisis as a unique opportunity


The current economic crisis is systemic in nature and marks the demise of the neoliberal model of development and globalization. It is imperative that we build concrete alternatives to this model, sick which, sildenafil until recently, drugs
had been artificially sustained by a bubble of multiple speculative operations. We must also reflect on the fact that this pattern of functioning of the world economy in general, and of the financial system in particular, has come to an end. In this context, Latin American countries have before them a historical opportunity for advancing towards a just and sustainable model of development for the region.


When proposing solutions to the crisis, we have the advantage of not having to confront the model while in its full force, as it has obviously reached its limits. Indeed, this is where opportunity lies, as such a broad space for proposing and constructing alternatives was not as visible a short while ago, nor was it expected to appear – especially in the world of “laissez faire – laissez passer”, of the dominant neoliberal “pensée unique” and “the end of history”.


The current crisis exposes the failure of a system full of promises, yet incapable of fulfilling them. The women and men excluded by capital’s policies have lost faith in the “free trade” myth and the current hegemonic model of production and management of natural and energy resources.


Why regional integration is a solution


Regional integration appears today as an alternative that will enable countries in the region to overcome the global economic crisis by creating dynamic economic relations and ties of solidarity among themselves.

– The global market crisis and the limits of domestic markets


The global markets have suffered a collapse and lost their capacity to generate dynamism for the economies in the region, which, in recent years, had gaily navigated the waves created by spectacular increases in food and livestock, mineral and energy commodity prices. The impacts of the crisis are already becoming visible in our countries, demonstrating that the improvements in some macroeconomic indicators, which had been achieved through this type of insertion into the world economy, have not been sufficient to produce structural changes to the development model. That is, the model has not become one of increased sectoral homogeneity, with a dynamic internal market based on the consumption of those at the “bottom of the pyramid”; diversified exports in terms of both products and trading partners; improved job and product quality; and greater social and environmental justice.

There is no guarantee that the economic situation after the crisis will be one of great liquidity of capital and credit, as there was in recent years. Therefore, national governments must face the dilemma of either waiting for the global crisis to pass and when it does, try to slowly recuperate the dynamism in sales of traditional export products on the international market, knowing that the chances of this happening are low; or pursuing limited nationalist solutions that are constrained by the lack of resources and markets most countries in the region face when acting alone.

– Energy, food and water for all

Latin America – as a region – has abundant water, environmental, social, cultural, mineral and energy resources, as well as considerable technological development capacities. Its chances of attaining food, water and energy sovereignty are greater than other regions of the planet. There are public and private enterprises that own infrastructure and could be brought into the regional integration process. Finally, there are governments and social movements in the region that share a reasonable level of political solidarity with regards to the integration process.

When faced with the dilemma posed by the current crisis, then, regional integration appears as a viable and important alternative, as a possibility of moving towards a new development model that is more sustainable and just than the one that has been implanted in our countries until now.

Regional integration, as conceived by the people in the region, offers greater opportunities for our countries. It proposes that the principle of solidarity replace savage competition and the free market, which – as we well know and the crisis has clearly demonstrated – lead neither to balance nor justice, as some theorists claimed it would. The peoples1’ integration would be founded on the principles of complementarity and solidarity and would focus on attaining more socially and economically equitable and just societies. The ultimate objective would be to ensure that system works to benefit all men and women in a holistic manner.

Non-traditional experiences in integration, like the ALBA (Alternativa Bolivariana para las Américas or Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas, in English), show that complementarity and solidarity between our countries can satisfy the needs of our population in a much more rational and efficient way than intra-regional competition, free trade or having the market act as the system’s only regulatory mechanism.


Processes of integration in the region and the dispute for a popular and sustainable integration model

While looking at the various integration processes in the Americas, one can say that, on the bright side, they have evolved slowly – so slow that they appearing to be paralysed. One cannot deny that some progressive measures have been taken in Mercosur: for example, the incorporation of concerns about the existing asymmetries within the block and incipient efforts to create funds for addressing this problem. The same can be said for changes in political institutions and the advances in the Union of South American Nations, or UNASUR (its abbreviation in Spanish). However, in more concrete terms, the processes’ potential to improve the quality of living of the peoples and workers in our region is far from becoming reality.

On the down side, one can observe the subjugation of these processes to neoliberal thought through the adoption of the “open regionalism” model. The application of this model has left grave marks on the Andean Community (CAN), Central America and the Caribbean. Encouraged by the promotion of indiscriminate competition – both within and between trading blocks – and the signing of bilateral free trade agreements with Europe and the United States, open regionalism has reduced integration to its commercial aspects (trade), thereby eroding possibilities to develop the other dimensions of integration. Nothing indicates that this type of integration has benefitted the societies of these countries.

In other words, when one observes the lengthy experience of regional integration processes in the Americas – some having lasted for over 40 years – and takes into consideration the path they have followed until now, it is not clear that regional integration could potentially benefit our people. What is evident, though, is that the rhetoric of political commitment to integration has often been confronted, in practice, with the adoption of solutions that give priority to national political or economic interests. Collective actions and solutions are relegated to a secondary plane, as governments have been unwilling to assume the so-called short-term “costs” of integration.

To overcome the political dimension of this problem, the pursuit of the consolidation of national sovereignty must be understood within the framework of a common commitment to deepening democracy and the autonomy of the region; an example of this is UNASUR’s recent intervention in conflicts in Bolivia. In this sense, consistent and sustained commitment of governments to the integration processes is fundamental. Such a commitment must be expressed through the building of solid institutions that function according to policies and common actions developed while truly exercising shared and genuine sovereignty.

It is undeniable that what has made an alternative form of integration possible and feasible is the fact that in many countries, the State has recuperated its ability to promote productive and social development or has made significant progress in this area. This is why we must insist that the alternative model of integration we pursue is not incompatible, but rather complementary to the defence of and advances in national sovereignty. This does not imply defending strict nationalism, but rather a possible path towards integration between nations – nations that are not simply victims of imperialist plans, but rather sovereign nations with national development projects. These projects must be articulated on a regional level.


Latin America, the new geopolitical situation and the construction of a new regionally based model of development

Regional integration can play a key role in this new historical context, especially when we consider two fundamental strategic perspectives that have widened in recent years:


– Countries in the region want to define their own role in the multi-polar world that is emerging, in spite of the growing difficulties caused by the U.S. government’s unilateralism. They are unable to assume this role on their own,



  • – No single country, not even the most powerful ones, acting isolatedly will be able to implement dynamics that differ from those driven by the globalized world market. In other words, to be “post-neoliberal”, national development processes must be linked to regional integration.
  • – However, to move forward in this direction, the integration process must be seen as part of a transition towards an alternative model of production and consumption that overcomes the limits of the current development model.



The crisis and the limits it imposes on the possibility of maintaining the status quo should compel us to overcome existing weaknesses and to develop the new dynamism that institutional developments must promote. These efforts must be linked to the need to respond to the crisis with an autonomous and alternative development project for the region – that is, one that has been emancipated from the interests of current world powers.

Defining the path that will lead us to the type of regional integration we propose:


  • – A regionally organized and regulated production strategy
    First and foremost, this strategy must be radically different from providing support for major companies that are seeking to acquire at the regional level the strength they need to compete in the global market. This type of integration only results in increasing capital’s mobility and profits. This strategy has been promoted in the region for over a decade, through proposals such as the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA) and the Initiative for the Integration of Regional Infrastructure in South America (IIRSA), as well as the push for progressive liberalization during negotiations at the World Trade Organization (WTO). These companies will soon attempt to reactivate this process, which could advance freely and rapidly if it is not confronted by an integration project based on solidarity that serves as a political and economic counterproposal. This is not, however, the kind of integration we want.


    To construct regional integration as an alternative to the crisis, we must focus our attention on two essential elements. First, one important task for the on-going process of building alternative regional institutions should be the regulation of these companies’ operations at the regional level, taking into account social, cultural, environmental and other interests. Second, it is fundamental that the production chains in the region be restructured according to a new scale of the companies’ operations at the regional level. This must be done in a way that ensures that their expansion is not seen as an attempt to reaffirm hegemonies and the power of some countries over others, but rather as one possible way of generating economic dynamism, employment and wealth for the entire region.

  • – Overcoming asymmetries as a short-, medium- and long-term objective
    One of the priorities of the integration process should be to overcome asymmetries between countries and within the countries of the region, creating integrated production systems as well as production, service and trade circuits in which everyone may become integrated. The fundamental objective would be to use this process to generate dynamic development opportunities for regions and countries that are currently experiencing difficulties or suffering from stagnation. Given the historical accumulation of fragilities of entire regions and countries in Latin America, we should first adopt specific policies that seek to compensate existing asymmetries in the short run, namely in the area of social development, in a way that reduces the differences and, at the same time, allows these regions to develop their ability to take advantage of dynamic opportunities in the process.
  • – Regional technical and cultural production
    Incentives could and should be provided for important elements, due to their capacity to propel the regional development process and to increase the visibility and popularity of our alternatives. They also have potential to generate dynamism and to contribute to finding solutions for specific problems in the region.


    One such element is the integration of centres of technological development and cultural production/broadcasting in the region. In several countries, there already exist centres for technological development (specialized or generic) in various fields ranging from agriculture and livestock to the aeronautic and pharmaceutical industries, among others. There is no reason not to integrate these centres. We should do so in order to take advantage of their synergies and use the resources generated in the region for the benefit of all of Latin America. The same can be said for the region’s enormous potential in audiovisual production and sports, and its even greater potential for development, which only the creation of a new scale of consumption derived from an expanded regional market could provide.

    Furthermore, this proposal must be defended during negotiations in the WTO and with other trading blocks (like the EU) on “Rules of Origin”. The major powers specifically use these rules to stop small countries and emerging economies from coordinating their productive activities with the goal of exporting to markets outside of the region.

  • – Small and medium enterprises as a priority
    Another element is providing general or sector-based incentives for the development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). SMEs could be stimulated by the integrated development of regional markets. They could also operate in a range of fields – from software development to tourism (e.g. a network small hostels or hotels) – and take advantage of the region’s diversity in cultures and environments. Small and medium enterprises offer real potential in terms of job creation. Moreover, by linking them to the regional integration process – that is, one that truly supports development – they could lend significant social legitimacy to the process.
  • – Regional food sovereignty and support for family farming in small and medium production units
    The viability of certain local and regional items produced by family and peasant farmers is compromised by the limits of consumption in these regions and in some countries. Therefore, the creation of a regional market could help to guarantee the viability of a more diversified production of agricultural products. This production must differ from the homogeneity of the products and productive processes that are typical of agribusiness, with its highly concentrated and transnationalized commercialization structure and technological packages. The distribution of these products could also gain momentum and promote regional gastronomy, gastronomic tourism and other activities that could generate economic dynamism and foster cultural integration.
  • – Facilitate intra-regional public transportation with the people as a priority
    Integrating the region’s transportation infrastructure is another fundamental element that would contribute to the regional integration process. It must take advantage of the diversity of existing modes of transportation and take into account local solutions for addressing environmental and climate issues. It must also consider regional perspectives for technological production and development and the possibility of creating regional public enterprises. Here, we need to think big, as problems in long-distance transportation cannot be resolved by building more highways. Why not think of reactivating and integrating local and regional railway systems? Why not think of integrating sea and river transportation by taking advantage of what already exists? Why not think of creating a regional airline company that makes the integration of a network of medium-size cities in the region feasibly by using small- and medium-size planes that the aeronautic industry in the region already has the potential to produce.. We are not talking about an abstract problem, but rather one that every Latin American who has attempted to travel or transport cargo within the region has faced. It is important that we consider the impact of these processes in each country. We must also reaffirm strong support for the improvement of public transportation in urban centres, as a way to discourage the use of individual means of transport that have impacts on the demand for energy.
  • – Regional financial integration
    The debate about the Banco del Sur brought to light the political challenges and different perspectives that exist in various countries. But it also showed the enormous potential and the need to develop a regional financial system that could simultaneously regulate finances on the regional level and protect economies in the region and the regional economy from external shocks. It should also create one or more mechanisms for fostering regional development and allow for a dynamic process of exchange between the Latin American economies, which does not mean sanctioning, through the use of currency, the power of the central capitalist economies. In other words, it should allow for the creation of a regional currency or a system in which a common unit of reference (that does not necessarily aim to make a common currency feasible) would be used in the region. Rather than acting as restrictions, the difficulties and financial turbulence should serve as a motive for intensifying discussion on and actions aimed at moving forward with the process of regional regulation and financial development.
  • – Regional energy solidarity and complementarity
    Difficulties in regulating potential energy generation through regional agreements should have led to the consolidation of a regional public entity that regulates and promotes an integrated energy system. Moving beyond limited national interests, efforts to render energy generation feasible at the regional level must promote the use of all alternative sources, so that production methods are the least harmful as possible to the environment while, at the same time, ensure the satisfaction of a new pattern of production and consumption that will be established by an alternative regional development process. Reducing distances between producers and consumers to decrease the amount of energy used to transport products could be one of the many initiatives that would help to consolidate a new energy model. Fundamentally, this new model must be based on the premise of energy sovereignty and solidarity, on striving for increased efficiency and the diversification of energy sources, namely renewable ones.
  • – A new model for participation and transparency
    Political and social sectors in favour of deepening Latin American integration processes must come together to reflect on what the appropriate mechanisms for civil participation are. We must avoid reproducing the logic inherited from the 1990s. In this sense, in order to promote the consolidation of democracy, mechanisms of social participation must be effective channels of dialogue and for advancing proposals through which througsocial movements and organized civil society (made up of diverse political actors, including members of political parties and parliament) may express their needs and views on sensitive issues. For example, in the case of productive or infrastructure projects that have different kinds of territorial and environmental impacts, we need to develop a methodology that guarantees real participation in the decision-making process. This methodology must go beyond the logic of “presenting environmental impact studies”, which capital has learned to manipulate for its benefit. It must guarantee that the decisions made take into account the collective interests of those directly affected by the projects, social license (as foreseen by the U.N. International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, ESCR, art.1, paragraph 2.), the redistribution of the project’s benefits and its concrete contributions in terms of reducing poverty.

Constructing integration for and by the Peoples

The essence and the motor of a new regional development model must be: the integration of millions of Latin American women and men into a new system of consumption and production that generates wealth and employment, allows for the expansion of the market in the region, builds an alternative development process and strives to drastically reduce all kinds of inequalities that exist among the people in the region.

In the same way we have already stated that we must overcome asymmetries between countries and within countries in the region, we must also assume a commitment to reducing social inequalities between the peoples and within the peoples. Here, we, the social movements, are proposing the transformation – of the socioeconomic development model – by transforming ourselves; that is to say – we conceive the integration of diverse social subjects within our peoples as the starting point for the integration of the peoples. As such, the integration of the peoples – of our nations – must not only be “based on the political transformation for the peoples”, but also based on the social transformation of the people. We conceive this process as an opportunity to advance in the transition towards another model of production and consumption, which requires new forms of organizing social, community and labour relations.

Transforming weakness into strength, needs into potential for development, inequalities to be overcome into possibilities for transformation and technological development, respect for cultural differences into the driving force of the regional integration process, even in economic terms. This is to be the engine of an alternative we can build so that – far beyond the haziness and the turbulence of the current economic crisis – we may see our real potential for creating a different and better world in Latin America and the Caribbean. We can then integrate this new world with other regions that must also take advantage of and develop their own possibilities.

Today, we, the social movements, when addressing the current global crisis or the combination of specific crises, have the historical opportunity of contributing towards what could be the beginning of the final stage of an exhausted system, which has been backed into a corner. We must go beyond merely responding to the crisis, caused by the inherent contradictions of the system itself, and move towards a real confrontation between the included and the excluded. This will only be possible if we are able to build an alternative productive matrix that allows us to live well and enjoy the good life.


Hemispheric Social Alliance

March 2009


The crisis as a unique opportunity


The current economic crisis is systemic in nature and marks the demise of the neoliberal model of development and globalization. It is imperative that we build concrete alternatives to this model, which, until recently, had been artificially sustained by a bubble of multiple speculative operations. We must also reflect on the fact that this pattern of functioning of the world economy in general, and of the financial system in particular, has come to an end. In this context, Latin American countries have before them a historical opportunity for advancing towards a just and sustainable model of development for the region.


When proposing solutions to the crisis, we have the advantage of not having to confront the model while in its full force, as it has obviously reached its limits. Indeed, this is where opportunity lies, as such a broad space for proposing and constructing alternatives was not as visible a short while ago, nor was it expected to appear – especially in the world of “laissez faire – laissez passer”, of the dominant neoliberal “pensée unique” and “the end of history”.


The current crisis exposes the failure of a system full of promises, yet incapable of fulfilling them. The women and men excluded by capital’s policies have lost faith in the “free trade” myth and the current hegemonic model of production and management of natural and energy resources.


Why regional integration is a solution


Regional integration appears today as an alternative that will enable countries in the region to overcome the global economic crisis by creating dynamic economic relations and ties of solidarity among themselves.

– The global market crisis and the limits of domestic markets


The global markets have suffered a collapse and lost their capacity to generate dynamism for the economies in the region, which, in recent years, had gaily navigated the waves created by spectacular increases in food and livestock, mineral and energy commodity prices. The impacts of the crisis are already becoming visible in our countries, demonstrating that the improvements in some macroeconomic indicators, which had been achieved through this type of insertion into the world economy, have not been sufficient to produce structural changes to the development model. That is, the model has not become one of increased sectoral homogeneity, with a dynamic internal market based on the consumption of those at the “bottom of the pyramid”; diversified exports in terms of both products and trading partners; improved job and product quality; and greater social and environmental justice.

There is no guarantee that the economic situation after the crisis will be one of great liquidity of capital and credit, as there was in recent years. Therefore, national governments must face the dilemma of either waiting for the global crisis to pass and when it does, try to slowly recuperate the dynamism in sales of traditional export products on the international market, knowing that the chances of this happening are low; or pursuing limited nationalist solutions that are constrained by the lack of resources and markets most countries in the region face when acting alone.

– Energy, food and water for all

Latin America – as a region – has abundant water, environmental, social, cultural, mineral and energy resources, as well as considerable technological development capacities. Its chances of attaining food, water and energy sovereignty are greater than other regions of the planet. There are public and private enterprises that own infrastructure and could be brought into the regional integration process. Finally, there are governments and social movements in the region that share a reasonable level of political solidarity with regards to the integration process.

When faced with the dilemma posed by the current crisis, then, regional integration appears as a viable and important alternative, as a possibility of moving towards a new development model that is more sustainable and just than the one that has been implanted in our countries until now.

Regional integration, as conceived by the people in the region, offers greater opportunities for our countries. It proposes that the principle of solidarity replace savage competition and the free market, which – as we well know and the crisis has clearly demonstrated – lead neither to balance nor justice, as some theorists claimed it would. The peoples1’ integration would be founded on the principles of complementarity and solidarity and would focus on attaining more socially and economically equitable and just societies. The ultimate objective would be to ensure that system works to benefit all men and women in a holistic manner.

Non-traditional experiences in integration, like the ALBA (Alternativa Bolivariana para las Américas or Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas, in English), show that complementarity and solidarity between our countries can satisfy the needs of our population in a much more rational and efficient way than intra-regional competition, free trade or having the market act as the system’s only regulatory mechanism.


Processes of integration in the region and the dispute for a popular and sustainable integration model

While looking at the various integration processes in the Americas, one can say that, on the bright side, they have evolved slowly – so slow that they appearing to be paralysed. One cannot deny that some progressive measures have been taken in Mercosur: for example, the incorporation of concerns about the existing asymmetries within the block and incipient efforts to create funds for addressing this problem. The same can be said for changes in political institutions and the advances in the Union of South American Nations, or UNASUR (its abbreviation in Spanish). However, in more concrete terms, the processes’ potential to improve the quality of living of the peoples and workers in our region is far from becoming reality.

On the down side, one can observe the subjugation of these processes to neoliberal thought through the adoption of the “open regionalism” model. The application of this model has left grave marks on the Andean Community (CAN), Central America and the Caribbean. Encouraged by the promotion of indiscriminate competition – both within and between trading blocks – and the signing of bilateral free trade agreements with Europe and the United States, open regionalism has reduced integration to its commercial aspects (trade), thereby eroding possibilities to develop the other dimensions of integration. Nothing indicates that this type of integration has benefitted the societies of these countries.

In other words, when one observes the lengthy experience of regional integration processes in the Americas – some having lasted for over 40 years – and takes into consideration the path they have followed until now, it is not clear that regional integration could potentially benefit our people. What is evident, though, is that the rhetoric of political commitment to integration has often been confronted, in practice, with the adoption of solutions that give priority to national political or economic interests. Collective actions and solutions are relegated to a secondary plane, as governments have been unwilling to assume the so-called short-term “costs” of integration.

To overcome the political dimension of this problem, the pursuit of the consolidation of national sovereignty must be understood within the framework of a common commitment to deepening democracy and the autonomy of the region; an example of this is UNASUR’s recent intervention in conflicts in Bolivia. In this sense, consistent and sustained commitment of governments to the integration processes is fundamental. Such a commitment must be expressed through the building of solid institutions that function according to policies and common actions developed while truly exercising shared and genuine sovereignty.

It is undeniable that what has made an alternative form of integration possible and feasible is the fact that in many countries, the State has recuperated its ability to promote productive and social development or has made significant progress in this area. This is why we must insist that the alternative model of integration we pursue is not incompatible, but rather complementary to the defence of and advances in national sovereignty. This does not imply defending strict nationalism, but rather a possible path towards integration between nations – nations that are not simply victims of imperialist plans, but rather sovereign nations with national development projects. These projects must be articulated on a regional level.


Latin America, the new geopolitical situation and the construction of a new regionally based model of development

Regional integration can play a key role in this new historical context, especially when we consider two fundamental strategic perspectives that have widened in recent years:

– Countries in the region want to define their own role in the multi-polar world that is emerging, in spite of the growing difficulties caused by the U.S. government’s unilateralism. They are unable to assume this role on their own,


  • – No single country, not even the most powerful ones, acting isolatedly will be able to implement dynamics that differ from those driven by the globalized world market. In other words, to be “post-neoliberal”, national development processes must be linked to regional integration.
  • – However, to move forward in this direction, the integration process must be seen as part of a transition towards an alternative model of production and consumption that overcomes the limits of the current development model.


The crisis and the limits it imposes on the possibility of maintaining the status quo should compel us to overcome existing weaknesses and to develop the new dynamism that institutional developments must promote. These efforts must be linked to the need to respond to the crisis with an autonomous and alternative development project for the region – that is, one that has been emancipated from the interests of current world powers.

Defining the path that will lead us to the type of regional integration we propose:

  • – A regionally organized and regulated production strategy
    First and foremost, this strategy must be radically different from providing support for major companies that are seeking to acquire at the regional level the strength they need to compete in the global market. This type of integration only results in increasing capital’s mobility and profits. This strategy has been promoted in the region for over a decade, through proposals such as the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA) and the Initiative for the Integration of Regional Infrastructure in South America (IIRSA), as well as the push for progressive liberalization during negotiations at the World Trade Organization (WTO). These companies will soon attempt to reactivate this process, which could advance freely and rapidly if it is not confronted by an integration project based on solidarity that serves as a political and economic counterproposal. This is not, however, the kind of integration we want.

    To construct regional integration as an alternative to the crisis, we must focus our attention on two essential elements. First, one important task for the on-going process of building alternative regional institutions should be the regulation of these companies’ operations at the regional level, taking into account social, cultural, environmental and other interests. Second, it is fundamental that the production chains in the region be restructured according to a new scale of the companies’ operations at the regional level. This must be done in a way that ensures that their expansion is not seen as an attempt to reaffirm hegemonies and the power of some countries over others, but rather as one possible way of generating economic dynamism, employment and wealth for the entire region.

  • – Overcoming asymmetries as a short-, medium- and long-term objective
    One of the priorities of the integration process should be to overcome asymmetries between countries and within the countries of the region, creating integrated production systems as well as production, service and trade circuits in which everyone may become integrated. The fundamental objective would be to use this process to generate dynamic development opportunities for regions and countries that are currently experiencing difficulties or suffering from stagnation. Given the historical accumulation of fragilities of entire regions and countries in Latin America, we should first adopt specific policies that seek to compensate existing asymmetries in the short run, namely in the area of social development, in a way that reduces the differences and, at the same time, allows these regions to develop their ability to take advantage of dynamic opportunities in the process.
  • – Regional technical and cultural production
    Incentives could and should be provided for important elements, due to their capacity to propel the regional development process and to increase the visibility and popularity of our alternatives. They also have potential to generate dynamism and to contribute to finding solutions for specific problems in the region.

    One such element is the integration of centres of technological development and cultural production/broadcasting in the region. In several countries, there already exist centres for technological development (specialized or generic) in various fields ranging from agriculture and livestock to the aeronautic and pharmaceutical industries, among others. There is no reason not to integrate these centres. We should do so in order to take advantage of their synergies and use the resources generated in the region for the benefit of all of Latin America. The same can be said for the region’s enormous potential in audiovisual production and sports, and its even greater potential for development, which only the creation of a new scale of consumption derived from an expanded regional market could provide.

    Furthermore, this proposal must be defended during negotiations in the WTO and with other trading blocks (like the EU) on “Rules of Origin”. The major powers specifically use these rules to stop small countries and emerging economies from coordinating their productive activities with the goal of exporting to markets outside of the region.

  • – Small and medium enterprises as a priority
    Another element is providing general or sector-based incentives for the development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). SMEs could be stimulated by the integrated development of regional markets. They could also operate in a range of fields – from software development to tourism (e.g. a network small hostels or hotels) – and take advantage of the region’s diversity in cultures and environments. Small and medium enterprises offer real potential in terms of job creation. Moreover, by linking them to the regional integration process – that is, one that truly supports development – they could lend significant social legitimacy to the process.
  • – Regional food sovereignty and support for family farming in small and medium production units
    The viability of certain local and regional items produced by family and peasant farmers is compromised by the limits of consumption in these regions and in some countries. Therefore, the creation of a regional market could help to guarantee the viability of a more diversified production of agricultural products. This production must differ from the homogeneity of the products and productive processes that are typical of agribusiness, with its highly concentrated and transnationalized commercialization structure and technological packages. The distribution of these products could also gain momentum and promote regional gastronomy, gastronomic tourism and other activities that could generate economic dynamism and foster cultural integration.
  • – Facilitate intra-regional public transportation with the people as a priority
    Integrating the region’s transportation infrastructure is another fundamental element that would contribute to the regional integration process. It must take advantage of the diversity of existing modes of transportation and take into account local solutions for addressing environmental and climate issues. It must also consider regional perspectives for technological production and development and the possibility of creating regional public enterprises. Here, we need to think big, as problems in long-distance transportation cannot be resolved by building more highways. Why not think of reactivating and integrating local and regional railway systems? Why not think of integrating sea and river transportation by taking advantage of what already exists? Why not think of creating a regional airline company that makes the integration of a network of medium-size cities in the region feasibly by using small- and medium-size planes that the aeronautic industry in the region already has the potential to produce.. We are not talking about an abstract problem, but rather one that every Latin American who has attempted to travel or transport cargo within the region has faced. It is important that we consider the impact of these processes in each country. We must also reaffirm strong support for the improvement of public transportation in urban centres, as a way to discourage the use of individual means of transport that have impacts on the demand for energy.
  • – Regional financial integration
    The debate about the Banco del Sur brought to light the political challenges and different perspectives that exist in various countries. But it also showed the enormous potential and the need to develop a regional financial system that could simultaneously regulate finances on the regional level and protect economies in the region and the regional economy from external shocks. It should also create one or more mechanisms for fostering regional development and allow for a dynamic process of exchange between the Latin American economies, which does not mean sanctioning, through the use of currency, the power of the central capitalist economies. In other words, it should allow for the creation of a regional currency or a system in which a common unit of reference (that does not necessarily aim to make a common currency feasible) would be used in the region. Rather than acting as restrictions, the difficulties and financial turbulence should serve as a motive for intensifying discussion on and actions aimed at moving forward with the process of regional regulation and financial development.
  • – Regional energy solidarity and complementarity
    Difficulties in regulating potential energy generation through regional agreements should have led to the consolidation of a regional public entity that regulates and promotes an integrated energy system. Moving beyond limited national interests, efforts to render energy generation feasible at the regional level must promote the use of all alternative sources, so that production methods are the least harmful as possible to the environment while, at the same time, ensure the satisfaction of a new pattern of production and consumption that will be established by an alternative regional development process. Reducing distances between producers and consumers to decrease the amount of energy used to transport products could be one of the many initiatives that would help to consolidate a new energy model. Fundamentally, this new model must be based on the premise of energy sovereignty and solidarity, on striving for increased efficiency and the diversification of energy sources, namely renewable ones.
  • – A new model for participation and transparency
    Political and social sectors in favour of deepening Latin American integration processes must come together to reflect on what the appropriate mechanisms for civil participation are. We must avoid reproducing the logic inherited from the 1990s. In this sense, in order to promote the consolidation of democracy, mechanisms of social participation must be effective channels of dialogue and for advancing proposals through which througsocial movements and organized civil society (made up of diverse political actors, including members of political parties and parliament) may express their needs and views on sensitive issues. For example, in the case of productive or infrastructure projects that have different kinds of territorial and environmental impacts, we need to develop a methodology that guarantees real participation in the decision-making process. This methodology must go beyond the logic of “presenting environmental impact studies”, which capital has learned to manipulate for its benefit. It must guarantee that the decisions made take into account the collective interests of those directly affected by the projects, social license (as foreseen by the U.N. International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, ESCR, art.1, paragraph 2.), the redistribution of the project’s benefits and its concrete contributions in terms of reducing poverty.

Constructing integration for and by the Peoples

The essence and the motor of a new regional development model must be: the integration of millions of Latin American women and men into a new system of consumption and production that generates wealth and employment, allows for the expansion of the market in the region, builds an alternative development process and strives to drastically reduce all kinds of inequalities that exist among the people in the region.

In the same way we have already stated that we must overcome asymmetries between countries and within countries in the region, we must also assume a commitment to reducing social inequalities between the peoples and within the peoples. Here, we, the social movements, are proposing the transformation – of the socioeconomic development model – by transforming ourselves; that is to say – we conceive the integration of diverse social subjects within our peoples as the starting point for the integration of the peoples. As such, the integration of the peoples – of our nations – must not only be “based on the political transformation for the peoples”, but also based on the social transformation of the people. We conceive this process as an opportunity to advance in the transition towards another model of production and consumption, which requires new forms of organizing social, community and labour relations.

Transforming weakness into strength, needs into potential for development, inequalities to be overcome into possibilities for transformation and technological development, respect for cultural differences into the driving force of the regional integration process, even in economic terms. This is to be the engine of an alternative we can build so that – far beyond the haziness and the turbulence of the current economic crisis – we may see our real potential for creating a different and better world in Latin America and the Caribbean. We can then integrate this new world with other regions that must also take advantage of and develop their own possibilities.

Today, we, the social movements, when addressing the current global crisis or the combination of specific crises, have the historical opportunity of contributing towards what could be the beginning of the final stage of an exhausted system, which has been backed into a corner. We must go beyond merely responding to the crisis, caused by the inherent contradictions of the system itself, and move towards a real confrontation between the included and the excluded. This will only be possible if we are able to build an alternative productive matrix that allows us to live well and enjoy the good life.


La Alternativa Bolivariana para América Latina y El Caribe (ALBA) es una propuesta de integración diferente. Mientras el ALCA responde a los intereses del capital trasnacional y persigue la liberalización absoluta del comercio de bienes y servicios e inversiones, find el ALBA pone el énfasis en la lucha contra la pobreza y la exclusión social y, salve por lo tanto, ask expresa los intereses de los pueblos latinoamericanos.

El ALBA se fundamenta en la creación de mecanismos para crear ventajas cooperativas entre las naciones que permitan compensar las asimetrías existentes entre los países del hemisferio. Se basa en la cooperación de fondos compensatorios para corregir las disparidades que colocan en desventaja a los países débiles frente a las primeras potencias. Por esta razón la propuesta del ALBA le otorga prioridad a la integración latinoamericana y a la negociación en bloques sub-regionales, abriendo nuevo espacios de consulta para profundizar el conocimiento de nuestras posiciones e identificar espacios de interés común que permitan constituir alianzas estratégicas y presentar posiciones comunes en el proceso de negociación. El desafío es impedir la dispersión en las negociaciones, evitando que las naciones hermanas se desgajen y sean absorbidas por la vorágine con que viene presionándose en función de un rápido acuerdo por el ALCA.

El ALBA es una propuesta para construir consensos para repensar los acuerdos de integración en función de alcanzar un desarrollo endógeno nacional y regional que erradique la pobreza, corrija las desigualdades sociales y asegure una creciente calidad de vida para los pueblos. La propuesta del ALBA se suma al despertar de la conciencia que se expresa en la emergencia de un nuevo liderazgo político, económico, social y militar en América Latina y El Caribe. Hoy más que nunca, hay que relanzar la unidad latinoamericana y caribeña. El ALBA, como propuesta bolivariana y venezolana, se suma a la lucha de los movimientos, de las organizaciones y campañas nacionales que se multiplican y articulan a lo largo y ancho de todo el continente contra el ALCA. Es, en definitiva, una manifestación de la decisión histórica de las fuerzas progresistas de Venezuela para demostrar que Otra América es Posible.

¿Cómo queda el desarrollo endógeno en el ALBA?

La noción neoliberal de acceso a los mercados se limita a poner medidas para reducir el arancel y eliminar las trabas al comercio y a la inversión. Es libre comercio entendido en estos términos solo beneficia a los países de mayor grado de industrialización y desarrollo. De hecho, abundan los estudios científicos en los que se demuestra de manera irrefutable que la aplicación de las pautas actuales de la globalización y sus expresiones hemisféricas o regionales ha dado al traste con las aspiraciones de un verdadero desarrollo endógeno en cualquiera de los países del continente.

Los grandes acuerdos de integración deberían quedar por el contrario supeditados a los objetivos del desarrollo endógeno. La escasa diversificación de la oferta regional hoy existente sentencia desde ya que el ALCA no podrá ser la oportunidad para alcanzar un tipo de desarrollo en que se armonice el crecimiento económico con una creciente calidad de vida y grado de bienestar para nuestros pueblos.

Podrán crecer las inversiones y las exportaciones, pero si estas se basan en la industria maquiladora y la explotación masiva de la fuerza de trabajo, sin lugar a dudas que no podrá generar el efecto multiplicador sobre los encadenamientos sectoriales, no habrá un efecto multiplicador en los sectores agrícolas e industrial, ni mucho menos se podrán generar los empleos de calidad que se necesitan para derrotar la pobreza y la exclusión social.
En consecuencia, urge una propuesta alternativa basada en la solidaridad. Se trata de ayudar a los países más débiles a superar las desventajas que los separan de los países más poderosos del hemisferio. Y esto no solo depende de los cambios en las condiciones de competencias imperantes, sino también de la solidaridad entre los pueblos y sus gobiernos del continente a la hora de corregir estas asimetrías. Solo así un área de libre comercio podrá ser una oportunidad para todos (una alianza ganar-ganar).

La agricultura en el ALBA: mucho más que un sector productor de mercancías
La exigencia de reducción de las políticas proteccionistas y de los masivos subsidios que otorgan los principales países industrializados no puede convertirse en una exigencia generalizada de liberalización de comercio de productos agrícolas. Para muchos países de América Latina y El Caribe la actividad agrícola fundamental para la supervivencia de la propia nación. Las condiciones de vida de millones de campesinos e indígenas se verían muy afectados si ocurre una inundación de bienes agrícolas importados, aún en los casos en los que no exista el subsidio.

Hay que dejar en claro que la producción agrícola es mucho más que la producción de una mercancía. Es, más bien, un modo de vida. Es el fundamento básico para la preservación de opciones culturales, es una forma de ocupación del territorio, define modalidades de relación con la naturaleza, tiene que ver directamente con los temas críticos de la seguridad y la soberanía alimentaria. Por lo tanto, no puede ser tratado como cualquier otra actividad económica o cualquier producto.

El Articulo 305 de la Constitución dé la República Bolivariana de Venezuela indica: “El estado promoverá la agricultura sustentable como base estratégica del desarrollo rural integral, y en consecuencia garantiza la seguridad alimentaría de la población; entendida como la disponibilidad suficiente y estable de alimentos en el ámbito nacional el acceso oportuno y permanente a estos por parte de los consumidores.

La seguridad alimentaria deberá alcanzarse desarrollando y privilegiando la producción agropecuaria interna, entendiéndose como tal la proveniente de las actividades agrícola, pecuaria, pesquera y acuícola. LA producción de alimentos es de interés nacional y fundamental al desarrollo económico y social de la Nación. A tales fines el Estado dictara las medidas de orden financiero, comercial, transferencia tecnológica, tenencia de la tierra infraestructura, capacitación de mano de obra y otras que fueran necesarias para alcanzar niveles estratégicos de autoabastecimiento.

Además, promoverá las acciones en el marco de la economía nacional e internacional para compensar las desventajas propias de la actividad agrícola”. Parte importante de la pobreza y la marginalidad de nuestros pueblos se concentra en la población que habita las zonas rurales que subsiste con base en la actividad agrícola o actividades alrededor de la agricultura.

Esa población es finalmente la más castigada con el des-balance de partida para la negociación de la agricultura y lo seria más si se excluyen de la negociación los aspectos que más la perjudican.

La seguridad alimentaria de la que gozan los países desarrollados del hemisferio, que hoy se nos niega a los países en desarrollo al querer limitar el margen de acción para nuestras políticas, es fruto de medio siglo de políticas de apoyo sistemático a la agricultura con la cual consiguen distorsión en los precios en los mercados mundiales. Si aún hoy cesaran tales apoyos, el campo de juego aún permanecería desnivelado: La infraestructura y el aparato productivo y tecnológico establecido y operado en buena parte gracias a los desembolsos de esas políticas todavía nos dejan en desventaja.

Por todas estas razones, la situación sobre las negociaciones sobre la agricultura para el ALCA constituye un objeto más de preocupación de gran trascendencia para Venezuela.
Para el inicio de las negociaciones en 1998, la declaración ministerial de San José estableció claramente entre los objetivos de las negociaciones para este sector importante de la producción el de “eliminar los subsidios a las exportaciones agrícolas que afectan el comercio en el hemisferio”, y el de “identificar otras prácticas que distorsionen el comercio de productos agrícolas, incluidas aquellas que tengan un efecto equivalente al de los subsidios a las exportaciones agrícolas y someterlas a una mayor disciplina”

También se acordó por consenso en la misma oportunidad que “Las negociaciones se iniciarían simultáneamente en todas las áreas temáticas. El inicio, la conducción y el resultado de las negociaciones del ALCA se deberán tratar como partes de un compromiso único (single undertaking) que incluya los derechos y obligaciones mutuamente acordados”
Sin embargo desde el inicio de la negociación de los textos para el proyecto de tratado, los EE. UU. Manifestaron su reticencia a negociar en el marco del ALCA los subsidios a las exportaciones de productos agrícolas y las ayudas internas que distorsionan el comercio y la producción de productos agrícolas, con inclusión de las medidas con efectos equivalentes a los subsidios a las exportaciones.

Se expresa allí la doble moral de las grandes potencias que exigen a los países en vías de
desarrollo renunciar al uso de las políticas públicas para promover el desarrollo de sus aparatos productivos mientras que por otro lado aplican ruinosos subsidios a favor de sus aparatos productivos. La insistencia en tal posición, a todas luces contraría los principios y objetivos pautados para emprender la conformación del ALCA, principios y objetivos que compartimos y nos alentaron a participar en la negociación.

Este tema fue motivo de un gran debate en la última Reunión Ministerial celebrada en Quito, en cuya declaración finalmente todos los países reconocieron “la importancia de la agricultura para las economías de la región, cuyo tratamiento integral y no discriminatorio en las negociaciones del ALCA contribuirá a generar empleo a reducir la pobreza y favorecer la estabilidad social”, por lo cual reafirmaron “el compromiso hemisférico con la eliminación de los subsidios a las exportaciones que afectan el comercio de productos agrícolas en el Hemisferio y el desarrollo de disciplina para ser adoptadas para el tratamiento de todas las otras prácticas que distorsionan el comercio de productos agrícolas, incluyendo aquellas que tienen efectos equivalentes a los subsidios a las exportaciones agrícolas”, señalando en particular “que nuestra respectiva evaluación, por país o grupo de países, de los resultados de las negociaciones de acceso a mercados en agricultura en el ALCA dependerán del progreso que consigamos alcanzar en los otros temas que son parte de la agenda agrícola.”
Este planteamiento fue ratificado de manera práctica por este Comité de Negociaciones Comerciales en su reunión de Puebla cuando instruyo al Grupo de Negociación sobre Agricultura “intensificar los debates sobre todos los temas de su agenda, en particular los referidos a los subsidios a las exportaciones y a todas las otras prácticas que distorsionan el comercio de productos agrícolas, incluyendo aquellas que tiene efectos equivalente a los subsidios a las exportaciones agrícolas, sin excepción alguna y sin prejuzgar los resultados, al tenor de los mandatos de las declaraciones de Buenos Aires y Quito”

Del desarrollo de las reuniones efectuadas desde noviembre del año pasado, puede deducirse claramente la insistencia de la negativa de los Estados Unidos a comprometerse con la no reintroducción de los subsidiasen las exportaciones agrícolas, a trabajar en la regulación de las condiciones de los créditos, garantías de créditos y programas de seguro a las exportaciones agrícolas y a trabajar para la disminución y disciplinamiento de las ayudas internas a la agricultura.

Entre tanto, para la negociación sobre la eliminación de los aranceles agrícolas se han establecido plazos perentorios que han obligado a muchos países a realizar un esfuerzo importante para cumplirlos. Lamentablemente los países que han cumplido con puntualidad estas entregas de oferta para demostrar su voluntad de negociar la agricultura hoy se sienten burlados ante la negativa de los Estados Unidos de eliminar los subsidios que otorgan a su agricultura en el marco del ALCA.

La situación indicada muestra un gran des-balance de gran magnitud en la negociación y una perspectiva de desequilibrio para su final, de persistir el estancamiento en los centrales aspectos señalados. No es aceptable un des-balance de tal naturaleza. No es aceptable que la agricultura se circunscriba exclusivamente a la eliminación de los aranceles por parte de los países en vías de desarrollo mientras las principales potencias se niegan a eliminar los subsidios y ayudas internas.

Como se sabe, los EEUU destinan centenares de miles de millones de dólares anualmente para sostener sus exportaciones y la producción de su agricultura, ocasionando fuerte distorsiones en el precio de los productos agrícolas en los mercados mundiales. Aunque se eliminen las barreras arancelarias para las exportaciones latinoamericanas, es imposible competir con esos precios subsidiados. De esa forma se impide o dificulta el acceso efectivo de los países latinoamericanos a los mercados del hemisferio. Los productos subsidiados compiten deslealmente en nuestros propios mercados internos y la ventaja que ya tienen se hace mucho mayor al eliminar nuestros aranceles. Es así como se nos quitan mercados en terceros países para los productos agrícolas que pudiéramos de otra forma exportar.
Nuestros países carecen de la magnitud de los recursos financieros que disponen los países desarrollados para apoyar la agricultura; lo que tenemos son instrumentos de política para apalear los efectos perversos de las distorsiones de los precios internacionales, instrumentos que se nos solicita eliminar con las negociaciones de acceso a los mercados.

Solamente el enorme contraste en el tamaño de las economías que integran el continente, nos sitúa en desventaja. Mientras el tamaño de nuestros mercados significa muy poco para la expansión de la agricultura de los países desarrollados, solo una pequeña fracción de aumento o desvió de las exportaciones hacia nuestros países significa una conmoción de precios y el derrumbe de la posibilidad de sustento para una parte importante de nuestra población.

Si los países desarrollados no quieren eliminar los subsidios y las medidas de efectos equivalente y no quieren disminuir sustancialmente y disciplinar las ayudas por temor a la perdida de sus mercados en el mundo, fuera del continente y proponen hacerlo solo luego de negociarlo en el ámbito multilateral, no se nos puede pedir que nosotros les demos ahora en el hemisferio mayor acceso a nuestros mercados. Para ser equitativos no queda otro camino que también negociar el acceso a los mercados para los productos agrícolas en el mismo foro multilateral, y solo luego de que conozcamos plenamente los verdaderos alcances de lo que las potencias agrícolas del Orbe hayan acordado sobre la eliminación de sus subsidios y las medidas de efecto equivalente y sobre la disminución y disciplinamiento de sus ayudas internas, podremos con responsabilidad determinar hasta que punto podremos otorgar mayor acceso a nuestros mercados.

¿Derechos de propiedad intelectual o derechos de los pueblos a medicamentos y alimentos de buena calidad?

La propiedad intelectual es otro de los asuntos en los cuales se expresa más nítidamente la oposición de intereses entre las grandes corporaciones internacionales y los países pobres del Sur, especialmente las poblaciones campesinas y aborígenes.

Apelando a lo que fueron denominados “asuntos relacionados con el comercio”, se estableció un amplio régimen de protección de la propiedad intelectual en condiciones muy desventajosas para los países el Sur. A pesar de la resistencia inicial, los países del Norte lograron imponer un régimen obligatorio y global de protección de la propiedad intelectual de acuerdo a sus exigencias, a partir de propuestas formuladas por las transnacionales farmacéuticas.

En las relaciones asimétricas hoy existentes entre los países industrializados del Norte y el Sur, las ventajas del Norte residen precisamente en las áreas científico-tecnológicas. El régimen internacional de definición y protección de la propiedad intelectual esta orientado a acentuar este des-balance. Protege aquello en lo cual los países más fuertes tienen ventajas, mientras que, básicamente, deja sin protección aquello en lo cual los países y pueblos del Sur tienen una indudable ventaja: en la diversidad genética de sus territorios y en el conocimiento tradicional de los pueblos campesinos y aborígenes.

Antes de estas negociaciones más de 50 países no tenían regimenes legales de protección de patentes sobre productos farmacéuticos, con lo cual sus mercados internos podían ser surtidos por medicamentos genéricos a precios muy inferiores a los ofrecidos por las empresas dueñas de las patentes.

La comparación de los precios de los medicamentos en la India con países en los cuales existe la protección de patentes farmacéuticas, indica que en éstos los precios son hasta 41 veces más altos. La industria farmacéutica de la India es una industria floreciente de más de 20 mil empresas, produce medicamentos de alta calidad accesibles a millones de personas de bajos niveles de ingresos y desempeña además un papel importante en la generación de empleo.
Esto ha comenzado a cambiar en La india y en el resto del mundo en forma acelerada y radical. Los acuerdo sobre propiedad intelectual de la Organización Mundial de Comercio obligan a todos los países después de un período de gracia para los países “menos desarrollados” a establecer regímenes de patentes que garanticen la protección estricta de la propiedad intelectual.

Así pues, los días de los medicamentos genéricos están contados. Como consecuencia de los derechos monopólicos otorgados por tales acuerdos, las compañías farmacéuticas pueden eliminar la competencia y cobrar precios más allá de la posibilidad de pago de millones de personas.

A partir de diversos estudios se ha calculado que ocurrirían no solo aumentos significativos de precios como consecuencia de la introducción de patentes, sino igualmente una notoria reducción del consumo: amplios sectores de la población quedarían excluidos del acceso a medicamentos comerciales.

El caso de Egipto es ilustrativo: la introducción de patentes en los medicamentos condujo a aumentos de precios de cinco a seis veces, comparado con los medicamentos sin patentes. Se tenderá igualmente a la quiebra de medianas y pequeñas empresas farmacéuticas y al incremento de los niveles de monopolización de la actividad por las grande trasnacionales.
En la actualidad 80 % de las patentes sobre alimentos modificados genéricamente están en manos de 13 trasnacionales, y las 5 compañías agroquímicas más grandes controlan casi todo el mercado global de semillas.

Como consecuencia del establecimiento de patentes sobre diversas formas de vida, y la apropiación/expropiación del conocimiento campesino/comunitario por parte de las grandes transnacionales de semillas y agroquímicos, están cambiando aceleradamente los patrones de producción campesinos en escala global. Los campesinos se hacen cada vez menos autónomos, cada vez más dependientes de la compra de costosos insumos de las transnacionales.

La “libertad de comercio” impuestas crecientemente por los intereses de estas transnacionales a los campesinos de todo el mundo, esta conduciendo hacia una reducción de la variedad genética de muchos de los principales cultivos alimenticios.

Esta reducción de la diversidad genética, asociada a una visión ingenieril de la agricultura, basada en un control extremo de tipo fabril sobre cada fase del proceso productivo -con semillas manipuladas genéticamente y el uso intensivo de agroquímicos- reduce drásticamente la capacidad auto-adaptativa y regenerativa de los sistemas ecológicos.
Producto de este régimen legal global de biopiratería es la inmensa gama de patentes -basados en la expropiación no reconocida de los conocimientos y/o recursos de otros que han sido otorgados. Muchas de estas patentes han sido particularmente escandalosas como la de ingredientes activos del árbol de neem que han sido ampliamente utilizados para muy diversas aplicaciones en la India durante centenares de años.

Como ha podido constatarse en el espectro de asuntos críticos para el presente y futuro de la humanidad que están siendo afectados por los acuerdos de derecho a la propiedad intelectual, se trata de uno de los ejes más dinámicos de concentración del poder y acentuación de las desigualdades que caracteriza las actuales tendencias hegemónicas de la globalización.

¿Cómo enfrentar la liberalización, desregulación y privatización de los servicios?

En el ALCA se propone un conjunto de normas multilaterales que, aparentemente, ordenaran el comercio internacional de servicios. Pero lo que realmente se pretende es la liberalización, desregulación y privatización progresiva de los servicios esenciales para la sociedad y que suponen una obligación de los estados y gobiernos con sus ciudadanos.

Este proceso de liberalización abarcaría toda la amplia gama de servicios que podamos imaginar en materia de salud, educación, seguridad social, agua potable, transporte, correo, servicios municipales, medio ambiente, cultura, recursos naturales, etc. De esta forma se restringiría de una vez y para siempre la intervención del Estado a través de medidas gubernamentales que regulen el comercio de servicios: desde los limites a la legislación laboral y la protección del consumidor, incluyendo regulaciones, directrices, subvenciones, calificaciones y pautas para otorgar permisos; hasta los límites gubernamentales sobre el acceso a los mercados, las necesidades económicas o medidas sobre el contenido cultural.
Una vez mas se manifiesta aquí la tesis del libre mercado las cuales postulan que una mayor apertura de los mercados potenciaría las posibilidades de los países en desarrollo para mejorar la cantidad y calidad de los servicios que demandan sus ciudadanos.

La historia reciente de Venezuela y América Latina es la de una violenta ola de privatizaciones de servicios tales como el transporte aeronáutico, las telecomunicaciones o la electricidad. Las consecuencias de esta entrega de servicios al mercado están a la vista de todos: prácticas monopólicas u oligopólicas y la consiguiente alza en los precios y disminución de su calidad; destrucción de millares de empleos; y, desmantelamiento y dilapidación de los recursos públicos en procesos de privatizaciones amañados.
En el ALCA se pretende extremar estos procesos de liberalización y privatización al incluir también los servicios esenciales que suponen una obligación del Estado con sus ciudadanos. Estos servicios pasarían a ser suministrados por empresas privadas y transformarían a todos los ciudadanos en simples consumidores que, al no disponer de los recursos para pagar por estos servicios, quedarían excluidos de su consumo y disfrute.

Los principales beneficiarios de liberalizar los servicios en el ALCA serían las grandes multinacionales que convertirían los servicios públicos de todo el mundo en mercados privados. Y los perjudicados serían los de siempre: los sectores más empobrecidos y de máxima exclusión social. Las grandes empresas de fines lucrativos accederían a los recursos públicos y lograrían desmantelar las regulaciones existentes. Para los países en vías de desarrollo esto se traduciría en el desmantelamiento total y absoluto de los servicios públicos.

La severa crítica a la mala calidad de los servicios públicos ha conseguido eco enana parte importante de la sociedad. Engañada, esta acepta que los servicios en manos del Estado mejorarían si se entregaran al mercado. Nadie niega la necesidad de mejorar la eficacia de los servicios públicos, pero la panacea no es su liberalización y privatización. La solución esta en derrotar a los evasores de impuestos que se apropian de los recursos financieros necesarios para mejorar su calidad y, por su puesto, mejorar su gestión para asegurar el acceso masivo en condiciones de igualdad. Lo que resulta inadmisible es que se manipule su situación de deterioro para justificar procesos de privatización que le facilita a las trasnacionales la apropiación de servicios públicos esenciales.

Estas nefastas consecuencias se esconden en una práctica según la cual la liberalización de los servicios desencadenaría una mayor competitividad que contribuiría a mejorar la eficacia en la prestación de los servicios; un mayor grado de desarrollo de los mismos y finalmente un ahorro a favor de los consumidores. Pero después de más de una década de apertura, liberalización y privatizaciones, esta claro que el objetivo es la generación de más beneficios para las grandes corporaciones trasnacionales que se han ido apropiando de estos servicios en una escala global a costa de excluir de servicios públicos a millares de personas en todo el mundo que no puede pagar lo que se exige para tener accesos a los mismos.

El Gobierno Bolivariano de Venezuela se opone a estos procesos de liberalización, desregulación y privatización que limiten la capacidad del estado y del gobierno para diseñar y ejecutar políticas en defensa del derecho de nuestros pueblos a tener acceso a servicios esenciales de buena calidad y buenos precios.

Con el argumento de que los subsidios distorsionan los precios del mercado y que deben ser los mecanismos del mercado –es decir las leyes de la oferta y la demanda- los que fijen el nivel de los precios, la propuesta del ALCA plantea la liberalización y privatización de los servicios públicos.

Cualquiera de los tres casos supondría la eliminación de millones de personas del disfrute de servicios públicos esenciales para la sobre vivencia humana.

Para el Gobierno Bolivariano de Venezuela, los servicios públicos son para satisfacer las necesidades de las personas, no para el comercio y el beneficio económico. Por lo tanto, su prestación no puede estar gobernada por criterios de rentabilidad sino de interés social.
De hecho, representan uno de los derechos sociales más significativos alcanzado por los pueblos a lo largo de la historia y son indispensables para corregir las desigualdades sociales. En consecuencia, la provisión de los servicios públicos debe regirse por las necesidades sociales del individuo y no por su capacidad de pago.

La liberalización de los servicios en el ALCA traería consecuencias catastróficas si se exige la aplicación del “Trato Nacional”. Esto quiere decir que se deben dar a las trasnacionales las mismas preferencias que se otorgan a las pequeñas empresas y cooperativas nacionales. No se podrá dictar ninguna medida que de preferencias a la producción local o que discriminen a empresas extranjeras. Otro aspecto al que se le debe prestar mucha atención es al de “Acceso a mercados” ya que aquí se obliga a los países a no poner ningún tipo de barrera al ingreso al mercado nacional de cualquier proveedor de servicios del extranjero en los sectores que ha liberalizado. Así pues, los gobiernos no podrán instrumentar medidas que condicionen el comercio de servicios. Las transnacionales quieren llevarnos a jugar en su propia cancha para que, en lugar de reclamar soberanía y justicia en la prestación de los servicios esenciales para la población, no sumemos a facilitar “acceso a mercados” como si fuera el clamor de nuestra gente.

Fondos compensatorios para la corrección de asimetrías en el ALBA

Para la construcción del ALBA Venezuela propone la creación de los Fondos Compensatorios o de Convergencia Estructural con el objetivo de reducir de manera significativa las asimetrías en los niveles de desarrollo entre las naciones y entre sectores productivos, asignándole a dicho mecanismo metas sociales y económicas precisas, plazos bien establecidos y mecanismos de seguimiento.

Este mecanismo requiere una definición inicial que permita medir las asimetrías existentes en la región. Venezuela propone el inicio del debate partiendo de la base que el identificar una definición concreta de “economía mas pequeña” facilitara la concreción de una o varias estrategias para lograr superar los obstáculos generados con las asimetrías existentes. Es por ello que se ha identificado un grupo de variables económicas y sociales que buscan distinguir de forma no discrecional las economías que requieren ser asistidas para lograr competir en condiciones favorables para los países en el área de libre comercio.

De esta forma en la construcción del ALBA, las diferencias en los niveles de desarrollo y el tamaño de las economías participantes, además de plantearse por las razones arriba expuestas como un asunto de la mayor prioridad, deberían incluir:

· La generación de instrumentos a través de los cuales se busque no solo que los países “en desarrollo” puedan acceder al ALBA, sino que además principalmente esos países pueden mejorar sus conducciones productivas y competitivas, atenuándose las disparidades que caracterizan su funcionamiento económico interno y las grandes distancias que lo separan de las grandes economías desarrolladas del hemisferio.

· Una definición clara respecto a las economías que serán objeto de trato especial y diferenciado. Hasta ahora la referencia a “los niveles de desarrollo y el tamaño” se basa en el concepto de “Economías más pequeñas”, el cual remite a la dimensión de los participantes, sin que estén definidos los criterios que se utilizaran al respecto. En el ALBA, dicha dimensión y el acceso o no al trato especial y diferenciado estaría determinada por variable como población, superficie, producción global y dotación de recursos. Pero también incluirá otros indicadores referidos al grado de desarrollo y a limitaciones estructurales de las economías: Composición de las exportaciones y vulnerabilidad externa; nivel de desarrollo industrial; ingreso per.-cápita promedio y variaciones respecto a ese promedio; pobreza y pobreza extrema, etc.

· Una identificación de trato especial y diferenciado no solo hacia la totalidad de cada una de las economías, sino también hacia el interior de cada una de ellas, de modo que dicho trato pueda dirigirse a las regiones y sectores que más lo necesitan. De esa manera los recursos que se canalizan para atender a las disparidades se vincularían directamente con los sectores intra-nacionales a los que irían dirigidos, asegurando de esta forma mayores niveles de eficiencia y transparencia, así como una reducción de las trabas administrativas asociada al uso de dichos recursos proveniente de los mencionaos mecanismos.

A diferencia del ALCA donde lo que esta previsto es una mayor profundización de las diferencias que hoy existen, la propuesta del ALBA incluye propuestas y mecanismos concretos para superar las grandes disparidades entre los países y el interior de muchos de ellos. La atención a este problema ocupa un lugar predominante en la naturaleza de este proyecto alternativo de integración latinoamericana y caribeña.

PRINCIPIOS RECTORES DEL ALBA

De la Integración Neoliberal a la Alternativa Bolivariana para América Latina y el Caribe
“Jamás hubo en América de la independencia a acá, asunto que requiera más sensatez, ni obligue a más vigilancia, ni pida examen más claro y minucioso, que el convite que los Estados Unidos potentes, repletos de productos invendibles, y determinados a extender sus dominios en América, hacen a las naciones americanas de menos poder…”. José Martí

1. La integración neoliberal prioriza la liberalización del comercio y las inversiones.

2. La Alternativa Bolivariana para América Latina (ALBA) es una propuesta que centra su atención en la lucha contra la pobreza y la exclusión social.

3. En la propuesta del ALBA se le otorga una importancia crucial a los derechos humanos, laborales y de la mujer, a la defensa del ambiente y a la integración física

4. En el ALBA, la lucha contra las políticas proteccionistas y los ruinosos subsidios de los países industrializados no puede negar el derecho de los países pobres de proteger a sus campesinos y productores agrícolas.

5. Para los países pobres donde la actividad agrícola es fundamental, las condiciones de vida de millones de campesinos e indígenas se verían irreversiblemente afectados si ocurre una inundación de bienes agrícolas importados, aún en los casos en los cuales no exista subsidio.

6. La producción agrícola es mucho más que la producción de una mercancía. Es la base para preservar opciones culturales, es una forma de ocupación del territorio, define modalidades de relación con la naturaleza, tiene que ver directamente con la seguridad y autosuficiencia alimentaria. En estos países la agricultura es, más bien, un modo de vida y no puede ser tratado como cualquier otra actividad económica.

7. ALBA tiene que atacar los obstáculos a la integración desde su raíz, a saber:
a. La pobreza de la mayoría de la población;
b. Las profundas desigualdades y asimetrías entre países
c. Intercambio desigual y condiciones inequitativas de las relaciones internacionales
d. El peso de una deuda impagable
e. La imposición de las políticas de ajuste estructural del FMI y el BM y de las rígidas reglas de la OMC que socavan las bases de apoyo social y político.
f. Los obstáculos para tener acceso a la información, el conocimiento y la tecnología que se derivan de los actuales acuerdos de propiedad intelectual; y,
g. Prestar atención a los problemas que afectan la consolidación de una verdadera democracia, tales como la monopolización de los medios de comunicación social

8. Enfrentar la llamada Reforma del Estado que solo llevó a brutales procesos de desregulación, privatización y desmontaje de las capacidades de gestión pública.

9. Como respuesta a la brutal disolución que éste sufrió durante más de una década de hegemonía neoliberal, se impone ahora el fortalecimiento del Estado con base en la participación del ciudadano en los asuntos públicos,

10. Hay que cuestionar la apología al libre comercio per se, como si sólo esto bastara para garantizar automáticamente el avance hacia mayores niveles de crecimiento y bienestar colectivo.

11. Sin una clara intervención del Estado dirigida a reducir las disparidades entre países, la libre competencia entre desiguales no puede conducir sino al fortalecimiento de los más fuertes en perjuicio de los más débiles.

12. Profundizar la integración latinoamericana requiere una agenda económica definida por los Estados soberanos, fuera de toda influencia nefasta de los organismos internacionales.

Source: Portal ALBA http://www.alternativabolivariana.org

PROGRAMA “Conferencia Internacional de gobiernos y movimientos sociales “Integración regional: una oportunidad frente a las crisis” (Paraguay, 21 y 22 Julio 2009)

Conferencia Internacional de gobiernos y movimientos sociales “Integración regional: una oportunidad frente a las crisis”
DIA: 21 y 22 de Julio
Lugar: PRODEPA, Av. Eusebio Ayala Km 4, 5, Asunción del Paraguay


PROGRAMA


21 JULIO

09:00–09:30 Bienvenida a cargo de los organizadores:
– Enrique Daza, Secretario Ejecutivo, Alianza Social Continental, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Agenda de los Pueblos para Regionalismos Alternativos (PAAR), Holanda
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Canciller, República del Paraguay
09:30–11:30 Crisis sistémica, impactos de la crisis en los procesos de integración regional

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Parlamentario, Filipinas (DESCARGAR PRESENTACION – INGLES)
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Gana

– Elizabeth Gauthier, Espace Marx, Francia (DESCARGAR PRESENTACION INGLES- POWER POINT / TEXTO)

Moderacion

Cecilia Olivet,

TNI, Holanda

11:30-13:30 Respuestas regionales a la crisis

– Juan Castillo, Secretario de Relaciones Internacional de PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal (DESCARGAR PRESENTACION – INGLES)
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Filipinas
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC Francia

Moderacion

José Miguel Hernández,

CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

13:30-15:00 Lunch
15:00-17:30 Integración Regional: Repensando el modelo de desarrollo.  Complementariedad versus competencia. Integración y Asimetrías
– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice Canciller, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Gobierno Argentina
-Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Graciela Rodríguez, REBRIP, Brasil


– Dot Keet, SAPSN, Sudafrica (DESCARGAR PRESENTACION – INGLES)

– Charles Santiago, Parlamentario, Malasia

Moderacion

Gonzalo Berrón,

ASC/CSA, Brasil

17:30-18:00 Coffee break
18:00-20:00 Modelo de desarrollo e Infraestructura
– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brasil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, Sudáfrica

Moderacion

Ximana Centellas,

Directora General de

Gestión Pública,

Viceministerio de

Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia


22 JULIO


09:00-10:45 Crisis energética y cambio climático: Desafíos para su superación. Integración y energía: Experiencias regionales

– Walden Bello, Paralamentario, Filipinas

– Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina (DESCARGAR PRESENTACION – ESPAÑOL)
– Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay (DESCARGAR PRESENTACION – ESPAÑOL)
– Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, España

Moderacion
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos,

Iniciativa Paraguaya por la

Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 Coffe Break
11:00-13:00 Modelo Productivo para garantizar la Soberanía alimentaria regional
– Juan José Domínguez, Parlamentario, MPP – FA Uruguay
– Rabindra Adhikari, Parlamentario, Nepal
– Indra Lubis, La Vía Campesina, Indonesia
– Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe


– Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile (DESCARGAR PRESENTACION SPANISH)

Moderacion

Martin Prieto, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

13:00-14:00 Almuerzo
14:00–16:00 Finanzas y modelo de desarrollo: Nuevas estructuras financieras: (Banco del Sur, monedas regionales, etc)  
– Pedro Páez, Presidente Comisión Técnica Presidencial Ecuatoriana para la Nueva Arquitectura Financiera Regional y el Banco del Sur, Ecuador
– Beverly Keene, Jubileo Sur, Argentina
– Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Republica Checa

Moderacion

Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, Francia

16:00-17:00 Paz Regional, Democracia y Derechos Humanos

– Lee, Seung-Heon, Departamento de Relaciones Exteriores del Partido Democrático de Trabajadores de Corea, Corea del Sur (DESCARGAR PRESENTACION – INGLES)
– Camille Chalmers, Campaña por la Demililtarización de las Américas, Haití

– Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
– Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finlandia (DESCARGAR PRESENTACION – INGLES)
– Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia (DESCARGAR PRESENTACION – INGLES)

Moderation

Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ

Paraguay/ Iniciativa

Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00–17:30 Coffee break
17:30–20:00

Mesa Redonda: Integración Regional: Desafíos para los movimientos sociales y los gobiernos    

– Chacho Alvarez, Presidente de la Comisión de Representantes Permanentes del MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Gobierno Paraguay     
– Franklin Gonzalez, Gobierno Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/Parlamentario, Filipinas

– Nalu Farias, Marcha Mundial de las Mujeres, Brasil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Holanda
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, Sudafrica

Moderacion
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México


Co-organizan
Alianza Social Continental, Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, Agenda de los Pueblos para Regionalismos Alternativos, Focus on the Global South y Transnational Institute

En cooperación con

Confederación Sindical de Trabajadores y Trabajadoras de las Américas (CSA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA), TWN Africa, Trade Strategy Group, Jubileo Sur, REBRIP, Transform Europe, ATTAC Francia, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam,  Ecologistas en Acción

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Conferencia Internacional de gobiernos y movimientos sociales “Integración regional: una oportunidad frente a las crisis”
21 y 22 de Julio de 2009 (9am-20pm), PRODEPA, Sala 1, Asunción del Paraguay



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Co-organizan
Alianza Social Continental, Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, Agenda de los Pueblos para Regionalismos Alternativos, Focus on the Global South y Transnational Institute

En cooperación con
Confederación Sindical de Trabajadores y Trabajadoras de las Américas (CSA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA), TWN Africa, Trade Strategy Group, Jubileo Sur, REBRIP, Transform Europe, ATTAC Francia, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Ecologistas en Acción

Con el apoyo de
Presidencia Paraguaya Pro-tempore del Mercosur

PROGRAMA
21 de JULIO

09:00–09:30
Bienvenida a cargo de los organizadores:
– Enrique Daza, Secretario Ejecutivo, Alianza Social Continental, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Agenda de los Pueblos para Regionalismos Alternativos (PAAR), Holanda
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Canciller, República del Paraguay

09:30–11:30
Crisis sistémica, impactos de la crisis en los procesos de integración regional
– Victor Baez, Confederación Sindical de Trabajadores y Trabajadoras de las Américas (CSA), Brasil
– Juan González, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Parlamentario, Filipinas
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Gana
Moderación Cecilia Olivet, TNI, Holanda

11:30 – 13:30
Respuestas regionales a la crisis
– Representante del ALBA
– Juan Castillo, Secretario de Relaciones Internacional de PIT-CNT, Uruguay
– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives/Africa Jubilee South, Senegal
– Joy Chavez, Focus on The Global South, Filipinas
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France, Francia
Moderación: José Miguel Hernández, CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

15:00 – 17:30
Integración Regional: Repensando el modelo de desarrollo. Complementariedad versus competencia. Integración y Asimetrías
– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice Canciller, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Gobierno Argentina
-Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Graciela Rodríguez, REBRIP, Brasil
– Dot Keet, Trade Strategy Group, Sudáfrica
– Charles Santiago, Parlamentario, Malasia
Moderación
Gonzalo Berrón, ASC/CSA, Brasil

18:00 – 20:00
Modelo de desarrollo e Infraestructura
– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brasil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, Sudáfrica
Moderación
Ximena Centellas,Directora General de Gestión Pública, Viceministerio de Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia

22 de JULIO

09:00 – 10:45
Crisis energética y cambio climático: Desafíos para su superación. Integración y energía: Experiencias regionales
– Gobierno de Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Paralamentario, Filipinas
– Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina
– Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay
– Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Acción, España
Moderación
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los
Pueblos, Paraguay

11:00-13:00
Modelo Productivo para garantizar la Soberanía alimentaria regional
– Juan José Domínguez, Parlamentario, MPP – FA Uruguay
– Rabindra Adhikari, Parlamentario, Nepal
– Indra Lubis, La Vía Campesina, Indonesia
– Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
– Francisca Rodríguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile
Moderación
Sebastián Valdomir, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

14:00 – 16:00
Finanzas y modelo de desarrollo: Nuevas estructuras financieras: (Banco del Sur, monedas regionales, etc)
– Pedro Páez, Presidente Comisión Técnica Presidencial Ecuatoriana para la Nueva Arquitectura Financiera Regional y el Banco del Sur, Ecuador
– Beverly Keene, Jubileo Sur, Argentina
– Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Republica Checa
Moderación
Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, Francia

16:00-17:00
Paz Regional, Democracia y Derechos Humanos
– Camille Chalmers, Campaña por la Demililtarización de las Américas, Haití
– Lee, Seung-Heon, Departamento de Relaciones Exteriores del Partido Democrático de Trabajadores de Corea, Corea del Sur
– Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
– Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva kutumkakam, Finlandia
– Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia
Moderación
Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ Paraguay, Iniciativa Paraguaya

17:30 – 20:00
Mesa Redonda: Integración Regional: Desafíos para los movimientos sociales y los gobiernos
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
– Nalu Faria, Marcha Mundial de las Mujeres, Brasil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Holanda
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Gana
– Chacho Alvarez, Presidente de la Comisión de Representantes Permanentes del MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Gobierno Paraguay
Moderación
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México


INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, cure Sala 1, Consejo Nacional del Deporte, and
Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm

Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA), TWN Africa, Trade Strategy Group, Jubilee South, REBRIP, Transform Europe, ATTAC France, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam and Ecologistas en Acción

Supported by
Paraguayan Presidency Pro-tempore of Mercosur

With the contribution of
Oxfam/Novib, Oxfam Internacional, Christian Aid and Action Aid



PROGRAME 21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet, TNI, Netherlands

Victor Baez, Trade Union Confederation of the Americas, Brazil
Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines
Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

11:30 – 13:30 Regional responses to the crises Moderation José Miguel Hernández, CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba
Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal
Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
Frederic Viale, ATTAC France
13:30 – 15:00 Lunch
15:00 – 17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries Moderation Gonzalo Berrón, ASC/CSA, Brazil
Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia
17:30 – 18:00 Coffee break
18:00 – 20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure Moderation Ximana Centellas, Directora General de Gestión Pública, Viceministerio de Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia
Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa

22 JULY 09:00 – 10:45 / Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions
Government Venezuela Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina
Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay
Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 / Coffe Break

11:00-13:00 / Production model and Food Sovereignty
Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile
Moderation Sebastián Valdomir, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

13:00 – 14:00 / Lunch

14:00 – 16:00 / Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)
Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic

Moderation Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

16:00-17:00 / Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights
Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea
Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland
Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia
Moderation Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ Paraguay/ Iniciativa Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00 – 17:30 / Coffee break

17:30 – 20:00 / Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments
– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, discount Sala 1, Consejo Nacional del Deporte, Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm


Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)


In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA), TWN Africa, Trade Strategy Group, Jubilee South, REBRIP, Transform Europe, ATTAC France, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam and Ecologistas en Acción


Supported by
Paraguayan Presidency Pro-tempore of Mercosur


With the contribution of
Oxfam/Novib, Oxfam Internacional, Christian Aid and Action Aid



PROGRAME 21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet, TNI, Netherlands

Victor Baez, Trade Union Confederation of the Americas, Brazil
Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines
Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

11:30 – 13:30 / Regional responses to the crises
Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal
Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
Frederic Viale, ATTAC France
Moderation José Miguel Hernández, CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

13:30 – 15:00 / Lunch

15:00 – 17:30 / Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries
Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

Moderation Gonzalo Berrón, ASC/CSA, Brazil

17:30 – 18:00 / Coffee break

18:00 – 20:00 / Development Model and Infrastructure
Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa
Moderation Ximana Centellas, Directora General de Gestión Pública, Viceministerio de Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia

22 JULY 09:00 – 10:45 / Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions
Government Venezuela Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina
Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay
Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 / Coffe Break

11:00-13:00 / Production model and Food Sovereignty
Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile
Moderation Sebastián Valdomir, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

13:00 – 14:00 / Lunch

14:00 – 16:00 / Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)
Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic

Moderation Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

16:00-17:00 / Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights
Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea
Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland
Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia
Moderation Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ Paraguay/ Iniciativa Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00 – 17:30 / Coffee break

17:30 – 20:00 / Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments
– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, troche Sala 1, ask Consejo Nacional del Deporte, Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm

Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA), TWN Africa, Trade Strategy Group, Jubilee South, REBRIP, Transform Europe, ATTAC France, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam and Ecologistas en Acción

Supported by
Paraguayan Presidency Pro-tempore of Mercosur

With the contribution of
Oxfam/Novib, Oxfam Internacional, Christian Aid and Action Aid



PROGRAME 21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet, TNI, Netherlands

Victor Baez, Trade Union Confederation of the Americas, Brazil
Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines
Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

11:30 – 13:30 Regional responses to the crises Moderation José Miguel Hernández, CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba
Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal
Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
Frederic Viale, ATTAC France
13:30 – 15:00 Lunch
15:00 – 17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries Moderation Gonzalo Berrón, ASC/CSA, Brazil
Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia
17:30 – 18:00 Coffee break
18:00 – 20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure

Moderation

Ximana Centellas, Directora General de Gestión Pública, Viceministerio de Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia

– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa

22 JULY 09:00 – 10:45 / Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions
Government Venezuela Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina
Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay
Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 / Coffe Break

11:00-13:00 / Production model and Food Sovereignty
Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile
Moderation Sebastián Valdomir, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

13:00 – 14:00 / Lunch

14:00 – 16:00 / Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)
Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic

Moderation Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

16:00-17:00 / Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights
Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea
Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland
Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia
Moderation Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ Paraguay/ Iniciativa Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00 – 17:30 / Coffee break

17:30 – 20:00 / Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments
– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, search Sala 1, advice Consejo Nacional del Deporte, Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm

Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA), TWN Africa, Trade Strategy Group, Jubilee South, REBRIP, Transform Europe, ATTAC France, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam and Ecologistas en Acción

Supported by
Paraguayan Presidency Pro-tempore of Mercosur

With the contribution of
Oxfam/Novib, Oxfam Internacional, Christian Aid and Action Aid


PROGRAME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet, TNI, Netherlands

Victor Baez, Trade Union Confederation of the Americas, Brazil
Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines
Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

11:30 – 13:30 Regional responses to the crises Moderation José Miguel Hernández, CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba
Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal
Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
Frederic Viale, ATTAC France
13:30 – 15:00 Lunch
15:00 – 17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries Moderation Gonzalo Berrón, ASC/CSA, Brazil
Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia
17:30 – 18:00 Coffee break
18:00 – 20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure

Moderation

Ximana Centellas, Directora General de Gestión Pública, Viceministerio de Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia

– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa

22 JULY 09:00 – 10:45 / Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions
Government Venezuela Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina
Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay
Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 / Coffe Break

11:00-13:00 / Production model and Food Sovereignty
Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile
Moderation Sebastián Valdomir, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

13:00 – 14:00 / Lunch

14:00 – 16:00 / Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)
Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic

Moderation Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

16:00-17:00 / Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights
Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea
Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland
Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia
Moderation Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ Paraguay/ Iniciativa Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00 – 17:30 / Coffee break

17:30 – 20:00 / Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments
– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, ed Sala 1, health Consejo Nacional del Deporte, Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm

Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA), TWN Africa, Trade Strategy Group, Jubilee South, REBRIP, Transform Europe, ATTAC France, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam and Ecologistas en Acción

Supported by
Paraguayan Presidency Pro-tempore of Mercosur

With the contribution of
Oxfam/Novib, Oxfam Internacional, Christian Aid and Action Aid


PROGRAME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

– Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet, TNI, Netherlands

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

11:30 – 13:30 Regional responses to the crises Moderation José Miguel Hernández, CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

– Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France

13:30 – 15:00 Lunch
15:00 – 17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries Moderation Gonzalo Berrón, ASC/CSA, Brazil

– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina

– Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

– Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

17:30 – 18:00 Coffee break
18:00 – 20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure

Moderation

Ximana Centellas, Directora General de Gestión Pública, Viceministerio de Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia

– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa

22 JULY 09:00 – 10:45 / Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions
Government Venezuela Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina
Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay
Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 / Coffe Break

11:00-13:00 / Production model and Food Sovereignty
Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile
Moderation Sebastián Valdomir, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

13:00 – 14:00 / Lunch

14:00 – 16:00 / Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)
Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic

Moderation Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

16:00-17:00 / Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights
Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea
Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland
Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia
Moderation Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ Paraguay/ Iniciativa Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00 – 17:30 / Coffee break

17:30 – 20:00 / Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments
– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, patient Sala 1, seek Consejo Nacional del Deporte, Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm

Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA), TWN Africa, Trade Strategy Group, Jubilee South, REBRIP, Transform Europe, ATTAC France, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam and Ecologistas en Acción

Supported by
Paraguayan Presidency Pro-tempore of Mercosur

With the contribution of
Oxfam/Novib, Oxfam Internacional, Christian Aid and Action Aid


PROGRAME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet, TNI, Netherlands

Victor Baez, Trade Union Confederation of the Americas, Brazil
Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines
Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

11:30 – 13:30 Regional responses to the crises Moderation José Miguel Hernández, CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba
Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal
Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
Frederic Viale, ATTAC France
13:30 – 15:00 Lunch
15:00 – 17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries Moderation Gonzalo Berrón, ASC/CSA, Brazil
Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia
17:30 – 18:00 Coffee break
18:00 – 20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure

Moderation

Ximana Centellas, Directora General de Gestión Pública, Viceministerio de Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia

– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa

22 JULY 09:00 – 10:45 / Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions
Government Venezuela Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina
Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay
Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 / Coffe Break

11:00-13:00 / Production model and Food Sovereignty
Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile
Moderation Sebastián Valdomir, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

13:00 – 14:00 / Lunch

14:00 – 16:00 / Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)
Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic

Moderation Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

16:00-17:00 / Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights
Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea
Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland
Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia
Moderation Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ Paraguay/ Iniciativa Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00 – 17:30 / Coffee break

17:30 – 20:00 / Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments
– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, Sala 1, here Consejo Nacional del Deporte, medical Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm

Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA), TWN Africa, Trade Strategy Group, Jubilee South, REBRIP, Transform Europe, ATTAC France, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam and Ecologistas en Acción

Supported by
Paraguayan Presidency Pro-tempore of Mercosur

With the contribution of
Oxfam/Novib, Oxfam Internacional, Christian Aid and Action Aid


PROGRAME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

– Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet, TNI, Netherlands

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

11:30 – 13:30 Regional responses to the crises Moderation José Miguel Hernández, CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

– Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France

13:30 – 15:00 Lunch
15:00 – 17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries Moderation Gonzalo Berrón, ASC/CSA, Brazil

– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina

– Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

– Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil

– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

– Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

17:30 – 18:00 Coffee break
18:00 – 20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure

Moderation

Ximana Centellas, Directora General de Gestión Pública, Viceministerio de Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia

– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa


22 JULY



09:00 – 10:45 / Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions
Government Venezuela Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina
Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay
Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 / Coffe Break

11:00-13:00 / Production model and Food Sovereignty
Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile
Moderation Sebastián Valdomir, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

13:00 – 14:00 / Lunch

14:00 – 16:00 / Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)
Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic

Moderation Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

16:00-17:00 / Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights
Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea
Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland
Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia
Moderation Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ Paraguay/ Iniciativa Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00 – 17:30 / Coffee break

17:30 – 20:00 / Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments
– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, ambulance Sala 1, pharmacy Consejo Nacional del Deporte, prostate Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm

Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA), TWN Africa, Trade Strategy Group, Jubilee South, REBRIP, Transform Europe, ATTAC France, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam and Ecologistas en Acción

Supported by
Paraguayan Presidency Pro-tempore of Mercosur

With the contribution of
Oxfam/Novib, Oxfam Internacional, Christian Aid and Action Aid


PROGRAME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

– Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet, TNI, Netherlands

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

11:30 – 13:30 Regional responses to the crises Moderation José Miguel Hernández, CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

– Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France

13:30 – 15:00 Lunch
15:00 – 17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries Moderation Gonzalo Berrón, ASC/CSA, Brazil

– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina

– Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

– Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil

– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

– Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

17:30 – 18:00 Coffee break
18:00 – 20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure

Moderation

Ximana Centellas, Directora General de Gestión Pública, Viceministerio de Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia

– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa


22 JULY




09:00 – 10:45 / Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions
Government Venezuela Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina
Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay
Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 / Coffe Break

11:00-13:00 / Production model and Food Sovereignty
Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile
Moderation Sebastián Valdomir, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

13:00 – 14:00 / Lunch

14:00 – 16:00 / Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)
Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic

Moderation Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

16:00-17:00 / Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights
Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea
Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland
Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia
Moderation Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ Paraguay/ Iniciativa Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00 – 17:30 / Coffee break

17:30 – 20:00 / Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments
– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, search Sala 1, sale Consejo Nacional del Deporte, Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm

Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA), TWN Africa, Trade Strategy Group, Jubilee South, REBRIP, Transform Europe, ATTAC France, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam and Ecologistas en Acción

Supported by
Paraguayan Presidency Pro-tempore of Mercosur

With the contribution of
Oxfam/Novib, Oxfam Internacional, Christian Aid and Action Aid


PROGRAME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

– Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet, TNI, Netherlands

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

11:30 – 13:30 Regional responses to the crises Moderation José Miguel Hernández, CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

– Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France

13:30 – 15:00 Lunch
15:00 – 17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries Moderation Gonzalo Berrón, ASC/CSA, Brazil

– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina

– Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

– Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil

– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

– Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

17:30 – 18:00 Coffee break
18:00 – 20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure

Moderation

Ximana Centellas, Directora General de Gestión Pública, Viceministerio de Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia

– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa


22 JULY


09:00 – 10:45 Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions
Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina
Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay
Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain y


/

10:45-11:00 / Coffe Break

11:00-13:00 / Production model and Food Sovereignty
Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile
Moderation Sebastián Valdomir, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

13:00 – 14:00 / Lunch

14:00 – 16:00 / Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)
Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic

Moderation Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

16:00-17:00 / Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights
Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea
Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland
Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia
Moderation Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ Paraguay/ Iniciativa Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00 – 17:30 / Coffee break

17:30 – 20:00 / Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments
– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, cheap patient Sala 1, Consejo Nacional del Deporte, Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm

Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA), TWN Africa, Trade Strategy Group, Jubilee South, REBRIP, Transform Europe, ATTAC France, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam and Ecologistas en Acción

Supported by
Paraguayan Presidency Pro-tempore of Mercosur

With the contribution of
Oxfam/Novib, Oxfam Internacional, Christian Aid and Action Aid


PROGRAME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

– Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet, TNI, Netherlands

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

11:30 – 13:30 Regional responses to the crises Moderation José Miguel Hernández, CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

– Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France

13:30 – 15:00 Lunch
15:00 – 17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries Moderation Gonzalo Berrón, ASC/CSA, Brazil

– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina

– Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

– Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil

– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

– Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

17:30 – 18:00 Coffee break
18:00 – 20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure

Moderation

Ximana Centellas, Directora General de Gestión Pública, Viceministerio de Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia

– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa


22 JULY


09:00 – 10:45 Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions
Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina
Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay
Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain

Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos,

Iniciativa Paraguaya por la

Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 Coffe Break


11:00-13:00 / Production model and Food Sovereignty
Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile
Moderation Sebastián Valdomir, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

13:00 – 14:00 / Lunch

14:00 – 16:00 / Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)
Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic

Moderation Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

16:00-17:00 / Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights
Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea
Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland
Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia
Moderation Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ Paraguay/ Iniciativa Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00 – 17:30 / Coffee break

17:30 – 20:00 / Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments
– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, Sala 1, Consejo Nacional del Deporte, Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm

Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA), TWN Africa, Trade Strategy Group, Jubilee South, REBRIP, Transform Europe, ATTAC France, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam and Ecologistas en Acción

Supported by
Paraguayan Presidency Pro-tempore of Mercosur

With the contribution of
Oxfam/Novib, Oxfam Internacional, Christian Aid and Action Aid


PROGRAME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

– Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet, TNI, Netherlands

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

11:30 – 13:30 Regional responses to the crises Moderation José Miguel Hernández, CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

– Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France

13:30 – 15:00 Lunch
15:00 – 17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries Moderation Gonzalo Berrón, ASC/CSA, Brazil

– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina

– Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

– Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil

– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

– Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

17:30 – 18:00 Coffee break
18:00 – 20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure

Moderation

Ximana Centellas, Directora General de Gestión Pública, Viceministerio de Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia

– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa


22 JULY


09:00 – 10:45 Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions
Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina
Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay
Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain

Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos,

Iniciativa Paraguaya por la

Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 Coffe Break
11:00-13:00 Production model and Food Sovereignty

Moderation

Sebastián Valdomir, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile
13:00 – 14:00 / Lunch




14:00 – 16:00 / Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)
Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic

Moderation Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

16:00-17:00 / Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights
Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea
Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland
Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia
Moderation Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ Paraguay/ Iniciativa Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00 – 17:30 / Coffee break

17:30 – 20:00 / Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments
– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, no rx Sala 1, discount Consejo Nacional del Deporte, Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm

Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA), TWN Africa, Trade Strategy Group, Jubilee South, REBRIP, Transform Europe, ATTAC France, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam and Ecologistas en Acción

Supported by
Paraguayan Presidency Pro-tempore of Mercosur

With the contribution of
Oxfam/Novib, Oxfam Internacional, Christian Aid and Action Aid


PROGRAME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

– Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet, TNI, Netherlands

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

11:30 – 13:30 Regional responses to the crises Moderation José Miguel Hernández, CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

– Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France

13:30 – 15:00 Lunch
15:00 – 17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries Moderation Gonzalo Berrón, ASC/CSA, Brazil

– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina

– Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

– Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil

– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

– Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

17:30 – 18:00 Coffee break
18:00 – 20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure

Moderation

Ximana Centellas, Directora General de Gestión Pública, Viceministerio de Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia

– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa


22 JULY


09:00 – 10:45 Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions
Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina
Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay
Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain

Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos,

Iniciativa Paraguaya por la

Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 Coffe Break
11:00-13:00 Production model and Food Sovereignty

Moderation

Sebastián Valdomir, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 16:00 Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)

Moderation

Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic
16:00-17:00 / Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights






Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea
Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland
Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia
Moderation Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ Paraguay/ Iniciativa Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00 – 17:30 / Coffee break

17:30 – 20:00 / Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments
– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México

NTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, healing order Sala 1, thumb Consejo Nacional del Deporte, discount Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm

Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA), TWN Africa, Trade Strategy Group, Jubilee South, REBRIP, Transform Europe, ATTAC France, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam and Ecologistas en Acción

Supported by
Paraguayan Presidency Pro-tempore of Mercosur

With the contribution of
Oxfam/Novib, Oxfam Internacional, Christian Aid and Action Aid


PROGRAME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

– Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet, TNI, Netherlands

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

11:30 – 13:30 Regional responses to the crises Moderation José Miguel Hernández, CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

– Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France

13:30 – 15:00 Lunch
15:00 – 17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries Moderation Gonzalo Berrón, ASC/CSA, Brazil

– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina

– Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

– Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil

– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

– Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

17:30 – 18:00 Coffee break
18:00 – 20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure

Moderation

Ximana Centellas, Directora General de Gestión Pública, Viceministerio de Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia

– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa


22 JULY


09:00 – 10:45 Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions
Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina
Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay
Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain

Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos,

Iniciativa Paraguaya por la

Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 Coffe Break
11:00-13:00 Production model and Food Sovereignty

Moderation

Sebastián Valdomir, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 16:00 Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)

Moderation

Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic
16:00-17:00 Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights

Moderation

Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ Paraguay/ Iniciativa Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea
Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland
Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia






17:00 – 17:30 / Coffee break

17:30 – 20:00 / Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments
– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México

NTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, rx Sala 1, Consejo Nacional del Deporte, Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm

Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA), TWN Africa, Trade Strategy Group, Jubilee South, REBRIP, Transform Europe, ATTAC France, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam and Ecologistas en Acción

Supported by
Paraguayan Presidency Pro-tempore of Mercosur

With the contribution of
Oxfam/Novib, Oxfam Internacional, Christian Aid and Action Aid


PROGRAME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

– Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet, TNI, Netherlands

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

11:30 – 13:30 Regional responses to the crises Moderation José Miguel Hernández, CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

– Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France

13:30 – 15:00 Lunch
15:00 – 17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries Moderation Gonzalo Berrón, ASC/CSA, Brazil

– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina

– Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

– Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil

– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

– Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

17:30 – 18:00 Coffee break
18:00 – 20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure

Moderation

Ximana Centellas, Directora General de Gestión Pública, Viceministerio de Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia

– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa


22 JULY


09:00 – 10:45 Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions
Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina
Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay
Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain

Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos,

Iniciativa Paraguaya por la

Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 Coffe Break
11:00-13:00 Production model and Food Sovereignty

Moderation

Sebastián Valdomir, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 16:00 Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)

Moderation

Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic
16:00-17:00 Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights
Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea
Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland
Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia

Moderation

Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ

Paraguay/ Iniciativa

Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay






17:00 – 17:30 / Coffee break

17:30 – 20:00 / Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments
– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, doctor Sala 1, and Consejo Nacional del Deporte, Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm

Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA), TWN Africa, Trade Strategy Group, Jubilee South, REBRIP, Transform Europe, ATTAC France, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam and Ecologistas en Acción

Supported by
Paraguayan Presidency Pro-tempore of Mercosur

With the contribution of
Oxfam/Novib, Oxfam Internacional, Christian Aid and Action Aid


PROGRAME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

– Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet, TNI, Netherlands

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

11:30 – 13:30 Regional responses to the crises Moderation José Miguel Hernández, CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

– Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France

13:30 – 15:00 Lunch
15:00 – 17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries Moderation Gonzalo Berrón, ASC/CSA, Brazil

– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina

– Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

– Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil

– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

– Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

17:30 – 18:00 Coffee break
18:00 – 20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure

Moderation

Ximana Centellas, Directora General de Gestión Pública, Viceministerio de Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia

– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa


22 JULY



09:00 – 10:45 / Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions
Government Venezuela Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina
Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay
Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 / Coffe Break

11:00-13:00 / Production model and Food Sovereignty
Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile
Moderation Sebastián Valdomir, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

13:00 – 14:00 / Lunch

14:00 – 16:00 / Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)
Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic

Moderation Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

16:00-17:00 / Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights
Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea
Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland
Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia
Moderation Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ Paraguay/ Iniciativa Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00 – 17:30 / Coffee break

17:30 – 20:00 / Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments
– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México

ERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, treat Sala 1, shop Consejo Nacional del Deporte, Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm

Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA), TWN Africa, Trade Strategy Group, Jubilee South, REBRIP, Transform Europe, ATTAC France, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam and Ecologistas en Acción

Supported by
Paraguayan Presidency Pro-tempore of Mercosur

With the contribution of
Oxfam/Novib, Oxfam Internacional, Christian Aid and Action Aid


PROGRAME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

– Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet, TNI, Netherlands

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

11:30-13:30 Regional responses to the crises Moderation José Miguel Hernández, CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

– Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France

13:30-15:00 Lunch
15:00-17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries Moderation Gonzalo Berrón, ASC/CSA, Brazil

– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina

– Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

– Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil

– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

– Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

17:30-18:00 Coffee break
18:00-20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure

Moderation

Ximana Centellas, Directora General de Gestión Pública, Viceministerio de Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia

– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa


22 JULY


09:00 – 10:45 Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions
Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina
Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay
Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain

Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos,

Iniciativa Paraguaya por la

Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 Coffe Break
11:00-13:00 Production model and Food Sovereignty

Moderation

Sebastián Valdomir, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 16:00 Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)

Moderation

Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic
16:00-17:00 Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights
Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea
Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland
Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia

Moderation

Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ

Paraguay/ Iniciativa

Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00 – 17:30 Coffee break
17:30 – 20:00


Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments

– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa
Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México



NTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, Sala 1, Consejo Nacional del Deporte, Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm

Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA), TWN Africa, Trade Strategy Group, Jubilee South, REBRIP, Transform Europe, ATTAC France, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam and Ecologistas en Acción

Supported by
Paraguayan Presidency Pro-tempore of Mercosur

With the contribution of
Oxfam/Novib, Oxfam Internacional, Christian Aid and Action Aid


PROGRAME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

– Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet, TNI, Netherlands

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

11:30 – 13:30 Regional responses to the crises Moderation José Miguel Hernández, CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

– Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France

13:30 – 15:00 Lunch
15:00 – 17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries Moderation Gonzalo Berrón, ASC/CSA, Brazil

– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina

– Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

– Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil

– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

– Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

17:30 – 18:00 Coffee break
18:00 – 20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure

Moderation

Ximana Centellas, Directora General de Gestión Pública, Viceministerio de Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia

– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa


22 JULY


09:00 – 10:45 Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions
Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina
Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay
Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain

Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos,

Iniciativa Paraguaya por la

Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 Coffe Break
11:00-13:00 Production model and Food Sovereignty

Moderation

Sebastián Valdomir, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 16:00 Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)

Moderation

Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic
16:00-17:00 Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights
Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea
Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland
Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia

Moderation

Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ

Paraguay/ Iniciativa

Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00 – 17:30 Coffee break







17:30 – 20:00 / Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments
– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México

NTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, Sala 1, Consejo Nacional del Deporte, Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm

Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA), TWN Africa, Trade Strategy Group, Jubilee South, REBRIP, Transform Europe, ATTAC France, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam and Ecologistas en Acción

Supported by
Paraguayan Presidency Pro-tempore of Mercosur

With the contribution of
Oxfam/Novib, Oxfam Internacional, Christian Aid and Action Aid


PROGRAME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

– Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet, TNI, Netherlands

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

11:30 – 13:30 Regional responses to the crises Moderation José Miguel Hernández, CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

– Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France

13:30 – 15:00 Lunch
15:00 – 17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries Moderation Gonzalo Berrón, ASC/CSA, Brazil

– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina

– Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

– Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil

– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

– Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

17:30 – 18:00 Coffee break
18:00 – 20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure

Moderation

Ximana Centellas, Directora General de Gestión Pública, Viceministerio de Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia

– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa


22 JULY


09:00 – 10:45 Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions
Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina
Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay
Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain

Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos,

Iniciativa Paraguaya por la

Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 Coffe Break
11:00-13:00 Production model and Food Sovereignty

Moderation

Sebastián Valdomir, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 16:00 Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)

Moderation

Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic
16:00-17:00 Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights
Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea
Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland
Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia

Moderation

Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ

Paraguay/ Iniciativa

Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00 – 17:30 Coffee break
17:30 – 20:00


Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments

– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa






Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México

TERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, discount Sala 1, sale Consejo Nacional del Deporte, tadalafil Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm

Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA), TWN Africa, Trade Strategy Group, Jubilee South, REBRIP, Transform Europe, ATTAC France, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam and Ecologistas en Acción

Supported by
Paraguayan Presidency Pro-tempore of Mercosur

With the contribution of
Oxfam/Novib, Oxfam Internacional, Christian Aid and Action Aid


PROGRAME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

– Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet, TNI, Netherlands

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

11:30 – 13:30 Regional responses to the crises Moderation José Miguel Hernández, CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

– Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France

13:30 – 15:00 Lunch
15:00 – 17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries Moderation Gonzalo Berrón, ASC/CSA, Brazil

– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina

– Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

– Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil

– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

– Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

17:30 – 18:00 Coffee break
18:00 – 20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure

Moderation

Ximana Centellas, Directora General de Gestión Pública, Viceministerio de Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia

– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa


22 JULY


09:00 – 10:45 Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions
Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina
Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay
Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain

Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos,

Iniciativa Paraguaya por la

Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 Coffe Break
11:00-13:00 Production model and Food Sovereignty

Moderation

Sebastián Valdomir, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 16:00 Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)

Moderation

Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic
16:00-17:00 Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights
Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea
Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland
Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia

Moderation

Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ

Paraguay/ Iniciativa

Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00 – 17:30 Coffee break
17:30 – 20:00


Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments

– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa
Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México







NTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, Sala 1, Consejo Nacional del Deporte, Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm

Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA), TWN Africa, Trade Strategy Group, Jubilee South, REBRIP, Transform Europe, ATTAC France, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam and Ecologistas en Acción

Supported by
Paraguayan Presidency Pro-tempore of Mercosur

With the contribution of
Oxfam/Novib, Oxfam Internacional, Christian Aid and Action Aid


PROGRAME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

– Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet, TNI, Netherlands

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

11:30 – 13:30 Regional responses to the crises Moderation José Miguel Hernández, CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

– Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France

13:30 – 15:00 Lunch
15:00 – 17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries Moderation Gonzalo Berrón, ASC/CSA, Brazil

– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina

– Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

– Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil

– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

– Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

17:30 – 18:00 Coffee break
18:00 – 20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure

Moderation

Ximana Centellas, Directora General de Gestión Pública, Viceministerio de Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia

– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa


22 JULY


09:00 – 10:45 Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions
Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina
Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay
Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain

Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos,

Iniciativa Paraguaya por la

Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 Coffe Break
11:00-13:00 Production model and Food Sovereignty

Moderation

Sebastián Valdomir, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 16:00 Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)

Moderation

Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic
16:00-17:00 Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights
Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea
Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland
Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia

Moderation

Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ

Paraguay/ Iniciativa

Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00 – 17:30 Coffee break







17:30 – 20:00 / Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments
– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México

ERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, ask recipe buy Sala 1, Consejo Nacional del Deporte, Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm

Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA), TWN Africa, Trade Strategy Group, Jubilee South, REBRIP, Transform Europe, ATTAC France, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam and Ecologistas en Acción

Supported by
Paraguayan Presidency Pro-tempore of Mercosur

With the contribution of
Oxfam/Novib, Oxfam Internacional, Christian Aid and Action Aid


PROGRAME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

– Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet, TNI, Netherlands

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

11:30 – 13:30 Regional responses to the crises Moderation José Miguel Hernández, CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

– Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France

13:30 – 15:00 Lunch
15:00 – 17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries Moderation Gonzalo Berrón, ASC/CSA, Brazil

– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina

– Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

– Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil

– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

– Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

17:30 – 18:00 Coffee break
18:00 – 20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure

Moderation

Ximana Centellas, Directora General de Gestión Pública, Viceministerio de Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia

– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa


22 JULY


09:00 – 10:45 Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions
Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina
Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay
Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain

Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos,

Iniciativa Paraguaya por la

Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 Coffe Break
11:00-13:00 Production model and Food Sovereignty

Moderation

Sebastián Valdomir, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 16:00 Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)

Moderation

Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic
16:00-17:00 Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights
Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea
Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland
Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia

Moderation

Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ

Paraguay/ Iniciativa

Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00 – 17:30 Coffee break
17:30 – 20:00


Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments

– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa
Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México



ERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, recipe Sala 1, troche Consejo Nacional del Deporte, < Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm

Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA), TWN Africa, Trade Strategy Group, Jubilee South, REBRIP, Transform Europe, ATTAC France, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam and Ecologistas en Acción

Supported by
Paraguayan Presidency Pro-tempore of Mercosur

With the contribution of
Oxfam/Novib, Oxfam Internacional, Christian Aid and Action Aid


PROGRAME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

– Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet, TNI, Netherlands

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

11:30-13:30 Regional responses to the crises Moderation José Miguel Hernández, CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

– Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France

13:30-15:00 Lunch
15:00-17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries Moderation Gonzalo Berrón, ASC/CSA, Brazil

– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina

– Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

– Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil

– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

– Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

17:30-18:00 Coffee break
18:00-20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure

Moderation

Ximana Centellas, Directora General de Gestión Pública, Viceministerio de Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia

– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa


22 JULY


09:00-10:45 Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions
Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina
Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay
Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain

Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos,

Iniciativa Paraguaya por la

Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 Coffe Break
11:00-13:00 Production model and Food Sovereignty

Moderation

Sebastián Valdomir, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00–16:00 Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)

Moderation

Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic
16:00-17:00 Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights
Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea
Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland
Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia

Moderation

Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ

Paraguay/ Iniciativa

Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00–17:30 Coffee break
17:30–20:00


Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments

– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa
Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México



ERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, Sala 1, Consejo Nacional del Deporte, Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm

Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA), TWN Africa, Trade Strategy Group, Jubilee South, REBRIP, Transform Europe, ATTAC France, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam and Ecologistas en Acción

Supported by
Paraguayan Presidency Pro-tempore of Mercosur

With the contribution of
Oxfam/Novib, Oxfam Internacional, Christian Aid and Action Aid


PROGRAME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

– Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet, TNI, Netherlands

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

11:30-13:30 Regional responses to the crises Moderation José Miguel Hernández, CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

– Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France

13:30-15:00 Lunch
15:00-17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries Moderation Gonzalo Berrón, ASC/CSA, Brazil

– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina

– Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

– Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil

– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

– Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

17:30-18:00 Coffee break
18:00-20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure

Moderation

Ximana Centellas, Directora General de Gestión Pública, Viceministerio de Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia

– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa


22 JULY


09:00-10:45 Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions

– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines

– Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina
– Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay
– Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain

Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos,

Iniciativa Paraguaya por la

Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 Coffe Break
11:00-13:00 Production model and Food Sovereignty

Moderation

Sebastián Valdomir, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

– Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00–16:00 Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)

Moderation

Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic
16:00-17:00 Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights
Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea
Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland
Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia

Moderation

Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ

Paraguay/ Iniciativa

Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00–17:30 Coffee break
17:30–20:00

Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments

– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa
Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México



ERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, physician Sala 1, Consejo Nacional del Deporte, Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm

Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA), TWN Africa, Trade Strategy Group, Jubilee South, REBRIP, Transform Europe, ATTAC France, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam and Ecologistas en Acción

Supported by
Paraguayan Presidency Pro-tempore of Mercosur

With the contribution of
Oxfam/Novib, Oxfam Internacional, Christian Aid and Action Aid


PROGRAME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

– Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet, TNI, Netherlands

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

11:30-13:30 Regional responses to the crises Moderation José Miguel Hernández, CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

– Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France

13:30-15:00 Lunch
15:00-17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries Moderation Gonzalo Berrón, ASC/CSA, Brazil

– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina

– Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

– Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil

– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

– Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

17:30-18:00 Coffee break
18:00-20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure

Moderation

Ximana Centellas, Directora General de Gestión Pública, Viceministerio de Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia

– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa


22 JULY


09:00-10:45 Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions
Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina
Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay
Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain

Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos,

Iniciativa Paraguaya por la

Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 Coffe Break
11:00-13:00 Production model and Food Sovereignty

Moderation

Sebastián Valdomir, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00–16:00 Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)

Moderation

Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic
16:00-17:00 Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights
Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea
Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland
Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia

Moderation

Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ

Paraguay/ Iniciativa

Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00–17:30 Coffee break
17:30–20:00


Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments

– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa
Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México



ERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, Sala 1, Consejo Nacional del Deporte, shop Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm

Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA), TWN Africa, Trade Strategy Group, Jubilee South, REBRIP, Transform Europe, ATTAC France, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam and Ecologistas en Acción

Supported by
Paraguayan Presidency Pro-tempore of Mercosur

With the contribution of
Oxfam/Novib, Oxfam Internacional, Christian Aid and Action Aid


PROGRAME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

– Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet, TNI, Netherlands

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

11:30-13:30 Regional responses to the crises Moderation José Miguel Hernández, CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

– Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France

13:30-15:00 Lunch
15:00-17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries Moderation Gonzalo Berrón, ASC/CSA, Brazil

– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina

– Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

– Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil

– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

– Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

17:30-18:00 Coffee break
18:00-20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure

Moderation

Ximana Centellas, Directora General de Gestión Pública, Viceministerio de Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia

– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa


22 JULY


09:00-10:45 Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions

– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines

– Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina
– Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay
– Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain

Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos,

Iniciativa Paraguaya por la

Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 Coffe Break
11:00-13:00 Production model and Food Sovereignty

Moderation

Sebastián Valdomir, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

– Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay

– Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
– Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
– Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
– Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile

13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00–16:00 Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)

Moderation

Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

– Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
– Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
– Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic
16:00-17:00 Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights

– Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea
– Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti

– Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
– Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland
– Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia

Moderation

Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ

Paraguay/ Iniciativa

Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00–17:30 Coffee break
17:30–20:00

Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments

– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa
Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México



ERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, Sala 1, rx Consejo Nacional del Deporte, Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm

Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA), TWN Africa, Trade Strategy Group, Jubilee South, REBRIP, Transform Europe, ATTAC France, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam and Ecologistas en Acción

Supported by
Paraguayan Presidency Pro-tempore of Mercosur

With the contribution of
Oxfam/Novib, Oxfam Internacional, Christian Aid and Action Aid


PROGRAME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

– Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet, TNI, Netherlands

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

11:30-13:30 Regional responses to the crises Moderation José Miguel Hernández, CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

– Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France

13:30-15:00 Lunch
15:00-17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries Moderation Gonzalo Berrón, ASC/CSA, Brazil

– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina

– Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

– Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil

– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

– Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

17:30-18:00 Coffee break
18:00-20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure

Moderation

Ximana Centellas, Directora General de Gestión Pública, Viceministerio de Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia

– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa


22 JULY


09:00-10:45 Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions

– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines

– Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina
– Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay
– Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain

Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos,

Iniciativa Paraguaya por la

Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 Coffe Break
11:00-13:00 Production model and Food Sovereignty

Moderation

Sebastián Valdomir, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

– Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay

– Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
– Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
– Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
– Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile

13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00–16:00 Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)

Moderation

Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

– Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
– Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
– Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic
16:00-17:00 Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights

– Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea
– Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti

– Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
– Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland
– Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia

Moderation

Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ

Paraguay/ Iniciativa

Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00–17:30 Coffee break
17:30–20:00

Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments

– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa
Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México



INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, sovaldi sale Sala 1, Consejo Nacional del Deporte, Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm

Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA), TWN Africa, Trade Strategy Group, Jubilee South, REBRIP, Transform Europe, ATTAC France, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam and Ecologistas en Acción

Supported by
Paraguayan Presidency Pro-tempore of Mercosur

With the contribution of
Oxfam/Novib, Oxfam Internacional, Christian Aid and Action Aid


PROGRAME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

– Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet, TNI, Netherlands

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

11:30-13:30 Regional responses to the crises Moderation José Miguel Hernández, CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

– Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France

13:30-15:00 Lunch
15:00-17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries Moderation Gonzalo Berrón, ASC/CSA, Brazil

– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina

– Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

– Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil

– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

– Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

17:30-18:00 Coffee break
18:00-20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure

Moderation

Ximana Centellas, Directora General de Gestión Pública, Viceministerio de Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia

– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa


22 JULY


09:00-10:45 Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions

– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines

– Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina
– Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay
– Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain

Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos,

Iniciativa Paraguaya por la

Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 Coffe Break
11:00-13:00 Production model and Food Sovereignty

Moderation

Sebastián Valdomir, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

– Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay

– Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
– Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
– Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
– Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile

13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00–16:00 Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)

Moderation

Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

– Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
– Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
– Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic
16:00-17:00 Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights

– Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea
– Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti

– Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
– Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland
– Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia

Moderation

Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ

Paraguay/ Iniciativa

Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00–17:30 Coffee break
17:30–20:00

Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments

– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa
Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México



INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, stuff Sala 1, diagnosis Consejo Nacional del Deporte, Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm

Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA), TWN Africa, Trade Strategy Group, Jubilee South, REBRIP, Transform Europe, ATTAC France, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam and Ecologistas en Acción

Supported by
Paraguayan Presidency Pro-tempore of Mercosur

With the contribution of
Oxfam/Novib, Oxfam Internacional, Christian Aid and Action Aid


PROGRAME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

– Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet, TNI, Netherlands

11:30-13:30 Regional responses to the crises

– Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France

Moderation José Miguel Hernández, CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba
13:30-15:00 Lunch
15:00-17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries

– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina

– Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

– Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil

– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

– Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

Moderation Gonzalo Berrón, ASC/CSA, Brazil
17:30-18:00 Coffee break
18:00-20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure

Moderation

Ximana Centellas, Directora General de Gestión Pública, Viceministerio de Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia

– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa


22 JULY


09:00-10:45 Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions

– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines

– Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina
– Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay
– Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain

Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos,

Iniciativa Paraguaya por la

Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 Coffe Break
11:00-13:00 Production model and Food Sovereignty

Moderation

Sebastián Valdomir, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

– Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay

– Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
– Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
– Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
– Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile

13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00–16:00 Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)

Moderation

Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

– Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
– Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
– Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic
16:00-17:00 Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights

– Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea
– Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti

– Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
– Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland
– Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia

Moderation

Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ

Paraguay/ Iniciativa

Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00–17:30 Coffee break
17:30–20:00

Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments

– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa
Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México



INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, pilule Sala 1, Consejo Nacional del Deporte, Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm

Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA), TWN Africa, Trade Strategy Group, Jubilee South, REBRIP, Transform Europe, ATTAC France, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam and Ecologistas en Acción

Supported by
Paraguayan Presidency Pro-tempore of Mercosur

With the contribution of
Oxfam/Novib, Oxfam Internacional, Christian Aid and Action Aid


PROGRAME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

– Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet,

TNI, Netherlands

11:30-13:30 Regional responses to the crises

– Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France

Moderation

José Miguel Hernández,

CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

13:30-15:00 Lunch
15:00-17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries

– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina

– Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

– Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil

– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

– Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

Moderation

Gonzalo Berrón,

ASC/CSA, Brazil

17:30-18:00 Coffee break
18:00-20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure
– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa

Moderation

Ximana Centellas,

Directora General de

Gestión Pública,

Viceministerio de

Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia


22 JULY


09:00-10:45 Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions

– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines

– Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina
– Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay
– Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain

Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos,

Iniciativa Paraguaya por la

Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 Coffe Break
11:00-13:00 Production model and Food Sovereignty

Moderation

Sebastián Valdomir, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

– Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay

– Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
– Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
– Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
– Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile

13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00–16:00 Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)

Moderation

Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

– Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
– Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
– Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic
16:00-17:00 Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights

– Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea
– Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti

– Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
– Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland
– Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia

Moderation

Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ

Paraguay/ Iniciativa

Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00–17:30 Coffee break
17:30–20:00

Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments

– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa
Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México



INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, thumb Sala 1, pharm Consejo Nacional del Deporte, Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm

Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA), TWN Africa, Trade Strategy Group, Jubilee South, REBRIP, Transform Europe, ATTAC France, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam and Ecologistas en Acción

Supported by
Paraguayan Presidency Pro-tempore of Mercosur

With the contribution of
Oxfam/Novib, Oxfam Internacional, Christian Aid and Action Aid


PROGRAME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

– Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet,

TNI, Netherlands

11:30-13:30 Regional responses to the crises

– Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France

Moderation

José Miguel Hernández,

CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

13:30-15:00 Lunch
15:00-17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries

– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina

– Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

– Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil

– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

– Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

Moderation

Gonzalo Berrón,

ASC/CSA, Brazil

17:30-18:00 Coffee break
18:00-20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure
– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa

Moderation

Ximana Centellas,

Directora General de

Gestión Pública,

Viceministerio de

Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia


22 JULY


09:00-10:45 Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions

– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines

– Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina
– Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay
– Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain

Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos,

Iniciativa Paraguaya por la

Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 Coffe Break
11:00-13:00 Production model and Food Sovereignty

– Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay

– Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
– Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
– Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
– Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile

Moderation

Sebastián Valdomir, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00–16:00 Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)
– Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
– Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
– Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic

Moderation

Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

16:00-17:00 Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights

– Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea
– Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti

– Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
– Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland
– Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia

Moderation

Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ

Paraguay/ Iniciativa

Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00–17:30 Coffee break
17:30–20:00

Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments

– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa
Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México



INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, Sala 1, pills Consejo Nacional del Deporte, Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm

Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA), TWN Africa, Trade Strategy Group, Jubilee South, REBRIP, Transform Europe, ATTAC France, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam and Ecologistas en Acción

Supported by
Paraguayan Presidency Pro-tempore of Mercosur

With the contribution of
Oxfam/Novib, Oxfam Internacional, Christian Aid and Action Aid


PROGRAME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

– Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet, TNI, Netherlands

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

11:30-13:30 Regional responses to the crises Moderation José Miguel Hernández, CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

– Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France

13:30-15:00 Lunch
15:00-17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries Moderation Gonzalo Berrón, ASC/CSA, Brazil

– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina

– Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

– Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil

– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

– Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

17:30-18:00 Coffee break
18:00-20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure

Moderation

Ximana Centellas, Directora General de Gestión Pública, Viceministerio de Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia

– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa


22 JULY


09:00-10:45 Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions

– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines

– Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina
– Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay
– Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain

Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos,

Iniciativa Paraguaya por la

Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 Coffe Break
11:00-13:00 Production model and Food Sovereignty

Moderation

Sebastián Valdomir, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

– Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay

– Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
– Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
– Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
– Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile

13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00–16:00 Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)

Moderation

Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

– Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
– Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
– Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic
16:00-17:00 Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights

– Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea
– Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti

– Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
– Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland
– Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia

Moderation

Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ

Paraguay/ Iniciativa

Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00–17:30 Coffee break
17:30–20:00

Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments

– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa
Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México



INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, find Sala 1, Consejo Nacional del Deporte, Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm

Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA), TWN Africa, Trade Strategy Group, Jubilee South, REBRIP, Transform Europe, ATTAC France, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam and Ecologistas en Acción

Supported by
Paraguayan Presidency Pro-tempore of Mercosur

With the contribution of
Oxfam/Novib, Oxfam Internacional, Christian Aid and Action Aid


PROGRAME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

– Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet,

TNI, Netherlands

11:30-13:30 Regional responses to the crises

– Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France

Moderation

José Miguel Hernández,

CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

13:30-15:00 Lunch
15:00-17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries

– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina

– Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

– Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil

– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

– Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

Moderation

Gonzalo Berrón,

ASC/CSA, Brazil

17:30-18:00 Coffee break
18:00-20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure
– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa

Moderation

Ximana Centellas,

Directora General de

Gestión Pública,

Viceministerio de

Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia


22 JULY


09:00-10:45 Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions

– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines

– Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina
– Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay
– Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain

Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos,

Iniciativa Paraguaya por la

Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 Coffe Break
11:00-13:00 Production model and Food Sovereignty

– Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay

– Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
– Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
– Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
– Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile

Moderation

Sebastián Valdomir, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00–16:00 Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)
– Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
– Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
– Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic

Moderation

Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

16:00-17:00 Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights

– Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea
– Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti

– Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
– Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland
– Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia

Moderation

Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ

Paraguay/ Iniciativa

Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00–17:30 Coffee break
17:30–20:00

Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments


– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa
Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México



INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, cure Sala 1, purchase Consejo Nacional del Deporte, Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm

Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA), TWN Africa, Trade Strategy Group, Jubilee South, REBRIP, Transform Europe, ATTAC France, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam and Ecologistas en Acción

Supported by
Paraguayan Presidency Pro-tempore of Mercosur

With the contribution of
Oxfam/Novib, Oxfam Internacional, Christian Aid and Action Aid


PROGRAME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

– Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet,

TNI, Netherlands

11:30-13:30 Regional responses to the crises

– Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France

Moderation

José Miguel Hernández,

CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

13:30-15:00 Lunch
15:00-17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries

– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina

– Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

– Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil

– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

– Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

Moderation

Gonzalo Berrón,

ASC/CSA, Brazil

17:30-18:00 Coffee break
18:00-20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure
– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa

Moderation

Ximana Centellas,

Directora General de

Gestión Pública,

Viceministerio de

Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia


22 JULY


09:00-10:45 Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions

– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines

– Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina
– Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay
– Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain

Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos,

Iniciativa Paraguaya por la

Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 Coffe Break
11:00-13:00 Production model and Food Sovereignty

– Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay

– Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
– Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
– Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
– Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile

Moderation

Sebastián Valdomir, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00–16:00 Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)
– Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
– Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
– Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic

Moderation

Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

16:00-17:00 Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights

– Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea
– Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti

– Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
– Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland
– Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia

Moderation

Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ

Paraguay/ Iniciativa

Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00–17:30 Coffee break
17:30–20:00

Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments

– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa
Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México



INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, Sala 1, illness Consejo Nacional del Deporte, Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm


PROGRAME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

– Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet,

TNI, Netherlands

11:30-13:30 Regional responses to the crises

– Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France

Moderation

José Miguel Hernández,

CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

13:30-15:00 Lunch
15:00-17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries

– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina

– Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

– Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil

– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa

– Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

Moderation

Gonzalo Berrón,

ASC/CSA, Brazil

17:30-18:00 Coffee break
18:00-20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure
– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa

Moderation

Ximana Centellas,

Directora General de

Gestión Pública,

Viceministerio de

Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia


22 JULY


09:00-10:45 Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions

– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines

– Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina
– Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay
– Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain

Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos,

Iniciativa Paraguaya por la

Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 Coffe Break
11:00-13:00 Production model and Food Sovereignty

– Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay

– Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
– Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
– Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
– Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile

Moderation

Sebastián Valdomir, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00–16:00 Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)
– Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
– Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
– Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic

Moderation

Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

16:00-17:00 Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights

– Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea
– Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti

– Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
– Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland
– Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia

Moderation

Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ

Paraguay/ Iniciativa

Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00–17:30 Coffee break
17:30–20:00

Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments


– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa
Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México


Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA), TWN Africa, Trade Strategy Group, Jubilee South, REBRIP, Transform Europe, ATTAC France, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam and Ecologistas en Acción

Supported by
Paraguayan Presidency Pro-tempore of Mercosur

With the contribution of
Oxfam/Novib, Oxfam Internacional, Christian Aid and Action Aid


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Programme Conference “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

Conferencia Internacional de gobiernos y movimientos sociales “Integración regional: una oportunidad frente a las crisis”
21 y 22 de Julio de 2009 (9am-20pm), prostate PRODEPA, Sala 1, Asunción del Paraguay



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Co-organizan
Alianza Social Continental, Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, Agenda de los Pueblos para Regionalismos Alternativos, Focus on the Global South y Transnational Institute

En cooperación con
Confederación Sindical de Trabajadores y Trabajadoras de las Américas (CSA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA), TWN Africa, Trade Strategy Group, Jubileo Sur, REBRIP, Transform Europe, ATTAC Francia, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Ecologistas en Acción

Con el apoyo de
Presidencia Paraguaya Pro-tempore del Mercosur

PROGRAMA
21 de JULIO

09:00–09:30
Bienvenida a cargo de los organizadores:
– Enrique Daza, Secretario Ejecutivo, Alianza Social Continental, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Agenda de los Pueblos para Regionalismos Alternativos (PAAR), Holanda
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Canciller, República del Paraguay

09:30–11:30
Crisis sistémica, impactos de la crisis en los procesos de integración regional
– Victor Baez, Confederación Sindical de Trabajadores y Trabajadoras de las Américas (CSA), Brasil
– Juan González, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Parlamentario, Filipinas
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Gana
Moderación Cecilia Olivet, TNI, Holanda

11:30 – 13:30
Respuestas regionales a la crisis
– Representante del ALBA
– Juan Castillo, Secretario de Relaciones Internacional de PIT-CNT, Uruguay
– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives/Africa Jubilee South, Senegal
– Joy Chavez, Focus on The Global South, Filipinas
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France, Francia
Moderación: José Miguel Hernández, CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

15:00 – 17:30
Integración Regional: Repensando el modelo de desarrollo. Complementariedad versus competencia. Integración y Asimetrías
– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice Canciller, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Gobierno Argentina
-Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Graciela Rodríguez, REBRIP, Brasil
– Dot Keet, Trade Strategy Group, Sudáfrica
– Charles Santiago, Parlamentario, Malasia
Moderación
Gonzalo Berrón, ASC/CSA, Brasil

18:00 – 20:00
Modelo de desarrollo e Infraestructura
– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brasil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, Sudáfrica
Moderación
Ximena Centellas,Directora General de Gestión Pública, Viceministerio de Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia

22 de JULIO

09:00 – 10:45
Crisis energética y cambio climático: Desafíos para su superación. Integración y energía: Experiencias regionales
– Gobierno de Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Paralamentario, Filipinas
– Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina
– Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay
– Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Acción, España
Moderación
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los
Pueblos, Paraguay

11:00-13:00
Modelo Productivo para garantizar la Soberanía alimentaria regional
– Juan José Domínguez, Parlamentario, MPP – FA Uruguay
– Rabindra Adhikari, Parlamentario, Nepal
– Indra Lubis, La Vía Campesina, Indonesia
– Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
– Francisca Rodríguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile
Moderación
Sebastián Valdomir, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

14:00 – 16:00
Finanzas y modelo de desarrollo: Nuevas estructuras financieras: (Banco del Sur, monedas regionales, etc)
– Pedro Páez, Presidente Comisión Técnica Presidencial Ecuatoriana para la Nueva Arquitectura Financiera Regional y el Banco del Sur, Ecuador
– Beverly Keene, Jubileo Sur, Argentina
– Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Republica Checa
Moderación
Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, Francia

16:00-17:00
Paz Regional, Democracia y Derechos Humanos
– Camille Chalmers, Campaña por la Demililtarización de las Américas, Haití
– Lee, Seung-Heon, Departamento de Relaciones Exteriores del Partido Democrático de Trabajadores de Corea, Corea del Sur
– Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
– Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva kutumkakam, Finlandia
– Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia
Moderación
Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ Paraguay, Iniciativa Paraguaya

17:30 – 20:00
Mesa Redonda: Integración Regional: Desafíos para los movimientos sociales y los gobiernos
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
– Nalu Faria, Marcha Mundial de las Mujeres, Brasil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Holanda
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Gana
– Chacho Alvarez, Presidente de la Comisión de Representantes Permanentes del MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Gobierno Paraguay
Moderación
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México


See Programme and download some of the presentations of the

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of GOVERNMENTS and SOCIAL MOVEMENTS “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, Sala 1, Consejo Nacional del Deporte, Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm


PROGRAMME


21 JULY

09:00–09:30

Opening: Greeting from organisers

– Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
– Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
– Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
– Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes

– Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)
– Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

– Elizabeth Gauthier, Espace Marx, France (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION ENGLISH – POWER POINT / TEXT)

Moderation

Cecilia Olivet,

TNI, Netherlands

11:30-13:30 Regional responses to the crises

– Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay

– Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)
– Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines (PRESENTATION)
– Frederic Viale, ATTAC France

Moderation

José Miguel Hernández,

CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

13:30-15:00 Lunch
15:00-17:30 Regional Integration: Re-thinking the development model. Complementarity versus competition. Integration and Asymmetries

– Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
– Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina

– Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

– Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil

– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)

– Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

Moderation

Gonzalo Berrón,

ASC/CSA, Brazil

17:30-18:00 Coffee break
18:00-20:00 Development Model and Infrastructure
– Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre  Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais, Brazil
– Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
– Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa

Moderation

Ximana Centellas,

Directora General de

Gestión Pública,

Viceministerio de

Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia


22 JULY


09:00-10:45 Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the challenge to find regional solutions

– Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines

– Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – SPANISH)
– Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – SPANISH)
– Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain

Moderation
Fernando Rojas, Decidamos,

Iniciativa Paraguaya por la

Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 Coffe Break
11:00-13:00 Production model and Food Sovereignty

– Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay

– Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
– Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
– Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
– Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION SPANISH)

Moderation

Martin Prieto, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00–16:00 Finances and development model: New financial structures: (Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)
– Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
– Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
– Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic

Moderation

Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

16:00-17:00 Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights

– Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea Democratic Labor Party, South Korea (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)
– Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti

– Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)
– Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam, Finland (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)
– Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION – ENGLISH)

Moderation

Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ

Paraguay/ Iniciativa

Paraguaya por la integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00–17:30 Coffee break
17:30–20:00

Round Table: Regional Integration: challenges for the movements and the governments

– Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
– Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
– Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay
– Franklin Gonzalez, Government Venezuela
– Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
– Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South/MP, Philippines
– Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
– Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
– Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa
Moderation
Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México


Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA)


SEE the COMMUNIQUE: Regional Integration and Itaipu energy agreement (Paraguay, 22 July 2009)