Guatemala and Costa Rica held a meeting on planning

The Costa Rican representatives reported on the operation of the country's National Planning System.

by Pamela Contreras

Guatemala City, by Brenda Larios -AGN-. The Secretary of the General Secretariat of Planning and Programming of the Presidency -Segeplan-, Carlos Mendoza, and his undersecretaries promoted a virtual meeting with authorities of the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Policy -Mideplan- of Costa Rica to share experiences to strengthen planning processes in Guatemala.

Secretary Carlos Mendoza indicated that the start of these exchanges benefits both government institutions; on the Guatemalan side, the aim is to strengthen the Secretariat of Planning and Programming of the Presidency at both the central and strategic levels.

On behalf of Segeplan, the undersecretaries for Development Cooperation and Partnerships, Iliana Peña; for Development Planning and Programming, Wendy Sánchez; for Development Investment, Enrique Maldonado; and for Strategic Development Analysis, Hugo Allan García, also participated.

The topics

The Costa Rican representatives explained how the country’s National Planning System works and the legal guidelines applicable to it.

They also shared their experiences establishing the Public Investment Project Bank, operating the National Public Investment System and the National Evaluation System, and establishing the National Evaluation Agenda.

The Segeplan authorities expressed interest in learning about Costa Rica’s experience strengthening pre-investment, monitoring, and evaluation processes.

In this regard, Costa Rican Minister Fernández Delgado pointed out that pre-investment is vital, as it defines the technical, financial, social, and environmental viability and impact of development projects.

Next meetings

During the meeting, participants agreed to hold more follow-up meetings to discuss topics of interest to both countries.

The Mideplan technical team will develop topics related to pre-investment, public investment, monitoring and evaluation processes, and linking the planned budget.

On the other hand, Segeplan is expected to share its experiences regarding the association between public policymaking and indigenous peoples.

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