President Presents Transition Report to Elected Authorities

The transition process began on September 4, during a Presidential Office meeting where Segeplan presented the methodology.

by Pamela Contreras

Guatemala City, por Brenda Larios -AGN-. The iconic Salón Banderas at the National Palace of Culture was the place for delivering the Transition Report by President Alejandro Giammattei to the elected authorities for the 2024-2028 term.

The official ceremony was attended by the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, the Vice President-elect, representatives of international organizations, government authorities, and autonomous and semi-autonomous institutions, among others.

The president emphasized, “Alternation in power is one of the fundamental bases of democracy. It is the possibility of bringing new ideas or being able to continue ideas that others have had and which have given results and strengthened them.”

President Giammattei stressed that the alternation in power means leaving behind the political campaign ideology and thinking about the nation’s unity towards a more prosperous future.

About the Report

The delivery of this report, as part of the methodology of the 2023-2024 transition process promoted by the central government, marks the end of the third phase of this process. It will end on January 14 with the transfer of power.

The report compiles information on the institutions of the Executive branch, including the 14 ministries and secretariats.

He explained, “As I said, this transition is not over. We will continue to provide information. Please give access to the QRs to the people you appoint to your cabinet so they can obtain more information.”

With this, the methodology is provided for the elected officials and their designated teams to know the state in which they will receive the country.

The process began in November 2022, when President Giammattei instructed that it should be carried out in an orderly and timely manner.

The Process

The transition process began on September 4, during a meeting at the Presidential Office with the participation of President Alejandro Giammattei and the two elected officials, where the methodology created by the Secretariat of Planning and Programming of the Presidency -Segeplan-, which contained the phases of this plan, was handed over.

President Giammattei thanked the Organization of American States -OAS- for its oversight. “I want to thank you, Mr. Luis Almagro, for your commitment in difficult moments, moments that we had to overcome, where not only the transition commission was present but also the OAS commission that accompanied us in the dialogue.”

On September 11, institutional files with information from 53 institutions were delivered. These contained 196 volumes and 30 files, with over 66 thousand pages.

President Giammattei also delivered the QR code to the elected team to enter the transition platform, which was concluded in the first phase.

Sector Meetings

The second phase of this process began on October 10, with sector meetings. On that day, the Ministry of Culture and Sports authorities held the first meeting.

In total, all 14 ministries and more than 11 secretariats of the Executive branch held follow-up meetings to clear up the doubts of the teams appointed by the elected authorities.

The third phase is the presentation of this Transition Report, and the process  culminates on January 14 with the transfer of power.

Finally, it was indicated that government officials continue receiving requests for information to assist the incoming administration.

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