Guatemala Participates in the Conference of the Ibero-American Network for the Promotion of Social and Solidarity Economy

The Government of Guatemala strives to build a strong base for a thriving economy that generates decent work and business opportunities.

by Pamela Contreras

Guatemala City, by Brenda Larios -AGN- Through the Vice-Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development, Guatemala participated in the Framework Conference of the Ibero-American Network for the Promotion of the Social and Solidarity Economy, organized by the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Elizabeth Ugalde, Vice-Minister of Economic Development and Entrepreneurship, delivered a virtual message informing about some of the actions this administration will promote in the population’s economic development and entrepreneurship.

She said, “From Guatemala City, receive a warm greeting. Guatemala has been immersed in inequality for decades; we are not a poor country; we are a country with honest people.”

She emphasized that this government will build firm foundations for an economy that will grow strongly, generating decent work and business opportunities throughout the country.

Other actions 

The vice minister mentioned that this administration will seek equity without privileges and create plans without destroying the natural and cultural environment, prioritizing the reduction of social inequalities. 

According to Vice Minister Ugalde, “The indigenous peoples, women, and youth will be the center of our work; we must turn them into development actors, not just beneficiaries of inter-institutional programs.”

The authorities will also work to strengthen alliances with other countries in the regions to strengthen inclusion, democracy, and social justice and to eradicate poverty and hunger by creating sustainable growth for the common good.

The vice minister expressed her excitement to participate in the Ibero-American Network, recognizing that the social economy and solidarity are based on a comprehensive development model that is more democratic, equal, and sustainable.

About the event

Over three days of work, the conference will address the central theme from different perspectives:

  • International organizations and agencies
  • Constitution of the network
  • The economic perspective focused on people.
  • Financial integration of stakeholders and enterprises
  • Closing the gender gap
  • Consideration of migratory phenomena and inequality, among others.

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