FGV contributes to development of Brazilian borders
FGV’s Latin American Center for Public Policy (CLPP) has been closely monitoring Brazil’s border activities with its neighboring countries. Over the past two years, it has participated in different activities involving the integration of Brazil’s borders with Paraguay, Peru, and Colombia. Considering the growing importance of Colombian-Brazilian relations in the Amazon region that separates the two countries, the CLPP, integrated into the official Brazilian delegation headed by the Itamaraty, participated in the Meeting of the Brazil-Colombia Committee on Neighbor Relations and Border Integration, for the purpose of articulating joint training and qualification for public officials located in the border sister cities of Letícia (Colombia) and Tabatinga (Brazil).
The project coordinated by the CLPP was named ‘Bi-national Training Program in Public Administration in Letícia-Tabatinga’ and included 40 public servants from the region, 20 Colombians and 20 Brazilians. The main idea behind the training program was to provide an environment for collaboration and exchange of ideas among Brazilian and Colombian public policy makers and decision-makers, as a way of strengthening personal relationships, triggering constructive discussions on integrated local policies. An important component of the training program was the presentation of practical tools for the development of public projects that contemplate the integrated view of both cities, since thinking about the integrated local population arrangement is more advantageous from the point of view of gains in scale and attracting investments than thinking about the two cities separately.
The training program also included the Superior School of Public Administration of Colombia (ESAP), with funding from the Latin American Development Bank (CAF). FGV was represented in the program’s faculty by FGV’s Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration (EBAPE) professor Istvan Kasznar and by CLPP project coordinator Klaus Stier.
The Brazilian-Colombian border region is getting special attention from diplomatic authorities of both countries after Colombia’s new post-conflict agenda. Opening a dialogue and building a consensus among political and economic agents on both sides of the border stands out as a fundamental step for the development of integration projects to support local social development using the logic of shared gains, contributing to the institutional strengthening of the border region, with positive externalities for the security and well-being of both countries.