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									PERMANENT SECRETARIAT
LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN ECONOMIC SYSTEM (SELA) Rev. 1




            Calendar of Meetings of SELA
                      for 2009
CALENDAR OF SELA MEETINGS FOR YEAR 2009. Rev. 1




                                                                  ERMANENT SECRETARIAT
                                                  LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN ECONOMIC SYSTEM (SELA)

                                                        CALENDAR OF SELA MEETINGS FOR YEAR 2009


                   Projects                                Activities                           Main objective                            Date

   Project III.1. Evaluation of the results   III.1.1. Regional Meeting to evaluate To analyze the results of the V LAC-EU     26 February
   from the V Latin America and the           the results of the V LAC-EU Summit. Summit and propose actions to strengthen
   Caribbean-European Union Bi-                                                     bi-regional relations.
   regional Summit.
   Project II.3. “SELA-IBERPYME               III Dialogue on MSME: Development To know experiences and trends related to      San José, Costa Rica
   Programme”.                                of competences of ICT in MSME as the promotion and development of                5 March 2009
                                              a competitiveness factor.           competences of ICT in MSME of Costa Rica
                                                                                  and explore how these competences
                                                                                  contribute to the competitive development
                                                                                  of this productive sector.
   Project III.3. Evaluation of the UN        III.3.1 Regional Meeting to analyze To analyze the main results and              23 March
   high-level meeting on financing for        the results of the UN High-Level    commitments assumed during the UN High-
   development (Doha, 2008).                  Conference on Financing for         Level Conference on Financing for
                                              Development.                        Development, and to define the main
                                                                                  contents for a new international financial
                                                                                  architecture.
   Project II.3. “SELA-IBERPYME               II Regional Seminar on              To analyze the various strategies and        Port-of-Spain, Trinidad
   Programme”.                                Competitiveness: “Information and modalities adopted by several countries of     and Tobago
                                              Communication Technologies to       the Caribbean region for public policy       25 March 2009
                                              improve productivity of MSMEs”.     making and implementation to support
                                                                                  MSMEs in the area of competitiveness by
                                                                                  using Information and Communications
                                                                                  Technologies.
   Other Activities                           Seminar on the economic policy of To make a presentation on the main             31 March
                                              the Obama administration and        economic policy measures announced by
                                              impacts on LAC.                     the Obama Administration and their
                                                                                  possible impacts on LAC.
   Other Activities                           Regional Seminar on the V Summit To introduce some elements for debate on        31 March
                                              of Heads of State and Government the main issues of the Port of Spain Summit:
                                              of the Americas (Port of Spain).    Human prosperity, energy security and
                                                                                  environmental sustainability.


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                   Projects                               Activities                             Main objective                           Date

   Other Activities                          Regional Seminar on the Interaction   To reinforce arguments favouring the         20 and 21 April
                                             between Trade and Competition:        creation of a possible regional framework
                                             Prospects and future challenges in    for competition, aimed at improving
                                             Latin America and the Caribbean       contributions to international trade and
                                                                                   development, To strengthen technical
                                                                                   assistance and capacity building in order to
                                                                                   outline a working agenda on Trade and
                                                                                   Competitiveness with a regional scope,
                                                                                   supported by UNCTED and SELA.
   Project II.3. “SELA-IBERPYME              Course: “Tools for effective          To gain knowledge about, and apply,          Caracas, Venezuela
   Programme”.                               municipal management to boost         management tools to speed up municipal       20 to 24 April
                                             SME: Simplification of administrative services by simplifying administrative
                                             procedures for SMEs”.                 procedures.
   Project I.1. Support to integration in I.1.3. Regional meeting on the           To analyze the mechanisms applied in the     7 and 8 May
   LAC. Deepening of coordination         treatment of asymmetries in the          treatment of asymmetries and formulation
   and convergence and treatment of regional integration processes.                of proposals.
   asymmetries.


   Project II.3. “SELA-IBERPYME              II Seminar on Innovation for MSMEs.   To gain knowledge about the most relevant Quito, Ecuador
   Programme”.                                                                     aspects of innovation processes as regards 07 May
                                                                                   products, services and technologies and
                                                                                   how to adopt and develop innovations in
                                                                                   MSMEs in Ibero-America.
   Project I.3. Information, knowledge   I.3.6. First International Seminar on     To examine the encouragement                   13 and 14 May
   and ICTs for integration and          Software, Innovation and                  programmes and to explore the possibilities Joao Pessoa, Brazil
   development in LAC.                   Information and Communications            for the software industry in the region with a
                                         Technologies: Public Policies and         view to determining lines of action in
                                         Strategies for Latin America and the      accordance with the challenges it faces.
                                         Caribbean.
   Project II.1. Strengthening technical II.1.2. Regional Seminar on financial     To study the current mechanisms and          15 May
   and economic cooperation in Latin cooperation to promote integration            proposals to promote financial integration
   America and the Caribbean.            in LAC.                                   among LAC countries.




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                   Projects                               Activities                         Main objective                              Date

   Other activities                          Meeting on “Response mechanisms   To deepen the analysis and reflection on        18 and 19 May
                                             vis-à-vis Natural Disasters:      the feasibility of establishing a simplified
                                             Experiences in Meso-America and   response mechanism vis-à-vis natural
                                             the Caribbean”                    disasters and to analyze the feasibility of
                                                                               creating a solidarity-based emergency
                                                                               fund; to define the main elements to outline
                                                                               an Ibero-American and Caribbean strategy
                                                                               to handle emergencies, risk management
                                                                               and disaster prevention.
   Other activities                          Regional Meeting on the Social    To analyze the main trends, causes and          19 and 20 May
                                             Dimension of Development:         effects on development of emigration of
                                             Emigration of skilled human       skilled human resources in Latin American
                                             resources in LAC.                 and Caribbean countries. To define possible
                                                                               lines of action in order to face the negative
                                                                               impacts of the exodus of skilled human
                                                                               resources in the region.
   Project II.3. “SELA-IBERPYME              Workshop on Entrepreneurs’        To gain knowledge about the                     Barquisimeto, Venezuela
   Programme”.                               development.                      methodologies developed in Ibero-America        21 May
                                                                               to help new entrepreneurs, and strategies to
                                                                               promote entrepreneurship.

   Project II.1. Strengthening technical II.1.7. Regional Seminar for          To analyze and prepare proposals to create 27 y 28 May
   and economic cooperation in Latin developing a Regional Training            a regional programme for protection of
   America and the Caribbean.            Programme for Protection of           traditional knowledge in LAC.
                                         Traditional Knowledge in LAC.
   Project II.3. “SELA-IBERPYME          Course for Centro American            To analyze the effects from the current         San Jose, Costa Rica
   Programme”.                           organizations: ” A new global         international crisis, their impacts,            29 and 30 May
                                         economic order: lessons and           perspectives and possible answers in order
                                         actions generated by the crisis”.     to reflect on the economic development
                                                                               models.
   Project III.2. Evaluation and support III.2.1. Regional Meeting for         To analyze the status of the trade              4 June
   to the coordination of positions for consultation on the multilateral       negotiations and the main aspects of
   Latin America and the Caribbean in trade negotiations and LAC.              interest for LAC countries.
   the multilateral trade negotiations
   of the Doha Round.




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                   Projects                                Activities                            Main objective                           Date

   Project I.3. Information, knowledge       I.3.3. Seminar-Workshop on the        To analyze the main elements for the         11 and 12 June
   and ICTs for integration and              Industry of Interactive Digital       development of creative industries in LAC.
   development in LAC.                       Contents (creative industries).
   Project I.2. Social dimension of          I.2.2. II Regional Seminar for        To identify and discuss the views of the      17 and 18 June
   integration in LAC.                       Consultation with the social          social organizations in the region on the
                                             organizations on the Social           health sector and, particularly, to deal with
                                             Dimension of Integration:             the indispensable conditions to make strides
                                             Integration in the health sector.     towards Latin American and Caribbean
                                                                                   integration in the health sector.
   Project I.2. Social dimension of          1.2.3 III Regional Meeting with the   To analyze the different views existing at the 19 June
   integration in LAC.                       Member States, international          subregional level on the progress made with
                                             organizations and integration         integration efforts in the health sector, and
                                             schemes on the Social Dimension of    to hear a proposal of social organizations for
                                             integration: the health sector.       designing a programme for coordination
                                                                                   and convergence of integration in this
                                                                                   sector.
   Project II.3. “SELA-IBERPYME              Meeting of government officials       To identify best practices in public policies  Caracas, Venezuela
   Programme”.                               responsible for SMEs in Latin         for development of SMEs. To confirm the        22 and 23 June
                                             America and the Caribbean.            community’s acceptance of such best
                                             “Dissemination of best practices in   practices.
                                             public policies on SMEs”
   Project III.4. Diversification of foreign III.4.1 Annual Meeting to assess      To analyze the main elements              25 June
   economic relations of Latin America economic relations between the              characterizing economic relations between
   and the Caribbean.                        People’s Republic of China and        the People’s Republic of China and LAC
                                             LAC countries.                        countries in order to strengthen them.
   Project III.4. Diversification of foreign III.4.2 Annual Meeting to assess      To analyze the main elements                 26 June
   economic relations of Latin America economic relations between India            characterizing economic relations between
   and the Caribbean.                        and LAC countries.                    India and LAC countries, and to propose
                                                                                   actions to strengthen them.
   Project II.3. “SELA-IBERPYME              III Workshop: “New Enterprise         To gain knowledge about the                  Antigua, Guatemala
   Programme”.                               Development”.                         methodologies developed in Ibero-America 1 and 2 July
                                                                                   to help new entrepreneurs, and strategies to
                                                                                   promote entrepreneurship.




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                   Projects                                Activities                             Main objective                                Date

   Project III.4. Diversification of foreign III.4.3. Annual Meeting to assess     To analyze the main elements               9 July
   economic relations of Latin America economic relations between the              characterizing economic relations between
   and the Caribbean.                        Russian Federation and LAC.           the Russian Federation and LAC countries,
                                             countries                             and to propose actions to strengthen them.

   Other activities                          Regional Workshop on best             To analyze the status and prospects of the      13 to 17 July
                                             practices for port development        port sector in LAC, the strengths and           (to be defined)
                                                                                   weaknesses of port trade in the region, as
                                                                                   well as the initiatives that have been
                                                                                   implemented for modernization of ports.
   Project II.3. “SELA-IBERPYME              International Seminar on Quality      To gain knowledge about the experiences         Caracas, Venezuela
   Programme”.                               and Productivity for SMEs in the      as regards the process to obtain quality        16 July
                                             area of construction and related      certifications, application of norms and
                                             sectors.                              improvement of productivity for SMEs in the
                                                                                   area of construction and related sectors.

   Project II.3. “SELA-IBERPYME              First International Seminar on        To gain knowledge about the                     Lima, Peru
   Programme”.                               Innovation, Entrepreneurship and      methodologies used in Ibero-America to          23 July
                                             Financing for MSMEs.                  help MSMEs to innovate, develop and
                                                                                   finance new enterprises.
   Project III.4. Diversification of foreign III.4.4. Annual Meeting to assess     To analyze the main elements                23 July
   economic relations of Latin America economic relations between East             characterizing economic relations between
   and the Caribbean.                        Asian countries and LAC countries.    East Asian countries and LAC countries, and
                                                                                   to propose actions to strengthen them.
   Project II.3. “SELA-IBERPYME              First Seminar on Public Policies on   To promote an exchange of experiences           Mexico City, Mexico D.F.
   Programme”.                               Quality, Productivity and             and best practices among experts and            30 July
                                             Competitiveness.                      institutions for development in Latin America
                                                                                   and the Caribbean in order to improve the
                                                                                   public policies on quality, productivity and
                                                                                   competitiveness.
   Project II.3. “SELA-IBERPYME              Workshop on Marketing Strategies      To gain knowledge about concepts and            Caracas, Venezuela
   Programme”.                               on Internet.                          cases in the area of Information and            6 August
                                                                                   Communication Technologies. Explain how
                                                                                   MSMEs can conduct business and
                                                                                   marketing through Internet.




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                   Projects                                Activities                               Main objective                            Date

   Project II.3. “SELA-IBERPYME              IV Introductory Workshop to             Participants are expected to gain          Cartagena de Indias,
   Programme”.                               Coordination and Productive             specialized knowledge that allows them to Colombia
                                             Integration.                            promote, supervise and follow up projects  10 and 11 August
                                                                                     on coordination and productive integration
                                                                                     and business networks.
   INSTITUTIONAL MATTERS                     Launching of the World Trade and                                                   September
                                             Development Report, 2009, to be
                                             presented by a high-level official of
                                             UNCTAD, and Forum for Reflection
                                             on UNCTAD’s TDR, with the
                                             participation of Governments,
                                             Universities and Civil Society
                                             representatives.
   Project I.3. Information, knowledge       I.3.1. Regional meeting on              To analyze the main problems of ICTs            September
   and ICTs for integration and              regulations, privacy, intellectual      related to regulations, privacy, intellectual
   development in LAC.                       property and access to information      property and access to knowledge.
                                             and knowledge.
   Other Activities                          Meeting on “Response mechanisms         To deepen the analysis and reflection on        3 and 4 September
                                             vis-à-vis Natural Disasters:            the feasibility of establishing a simplified
                                             Experiences in the Andean region        response mechanism vis-à-vis natural
                                             and the Southern Cone”                  disasters and to analyze the feasibility of
                                                                                     creating a solidarity-based emergency
                                                                                     fund; to define the main elements to outline
                                                                                     an Ibero-American and Caribbean strategy
                                                                                     to handle emergencies, risk management
                                                                                     and disaster prevention.
   Project II.3. “SELA-IBERPYME              XIV Ibero-American Forum on             To gain knowledge about the progress in         Lisbon, Portugal
   Programme”.                               Financing and Guarantee Systems         the use of financial support instruments        10 and 11 September
                                             for MSMEs.                              related to guarantees and other financial
                                                                                     modalities for MSMEs.
   Other activities                          Meeting for regional consultation       To analyze and propose cooperation              17 and 18 September
                                             and coordination on regional            actions with a regional scope concerning
                                             cooperation in the area of food         food security issues.
                                             security in LAC (II.1.3).




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                   Projects                               Activities                            Main objective                              Date

   Project II.1. Strengthening technical II.1.1. XX Meeting of International       To hold debates on relevant issues            24 and 25 September
   and economic cooperation in Latin Cooperation Directors of LAC.                 regarding international cooperation for
   America and the Caribbean.                                                      development, from the perspective and
                                                                                   interests of LAC.
   Project II.3. “SELA-IBERPYME              Seminar on public policies on         To gain knowledge about the main              La Paz, Bolivia
   Programme”.                               financing for SMEs.                   strategies, instruments and modalities for    24 September
                                                                                   accessing credits and financing for SMEs in
                                                                                   Ibero-America.
   Project II.3. “SELA-IBERPYME              VII Meeting “Export to Win:           To gain knowledge about the                   Caracas, Venezuela
   Programme”.                               Experiences with Productive Clusters methodologies followed in Ibero-America to     29 September
                                             and Territorial Economic              help SMEs in their internationalization
                                             Development”.                         process, by developing productive clusters
                                                                                   and fostering territorial economic
                                                                                   development.
   Project II.3. “SELA-IBERPYME              V Business Mission from Latin         To conduct business rounds of Latin           Murcia and Cantabria,
   Programme”.                               America to Spain.                     American and Spanish businessmen working      Spain
                                                                                   in sectors related to improvements of         5 and 6 October
                                                                                   competitiveness through innovation. To pay
                                                                                   visits to organizations, institutions and
                                                                                   enterprises.
   Project I.3. Information, knowledge       I.3.4 Seminar on e-Health and         To make a presentation on best practices in   8 and 9 October
   and ICTs for integration and              Telemedicine: Connection and          the area of e-Health and the most             Caracas
   development in LAC.                       access for social well-being in Latin important breakthroughs in Telemedicine as
                                             America and the Caribbean.            factors contributing to poverty reduction
                                                                                   and social well-being in Latin America and
                                                                                   the Caribbean.
   Project II.3. “SELA-IBERPYME              V Training Workshop on Business       To gain knowledge about concepts and          Panama City, Panama
   Programme”.                               and Marketing Strategies on           cases in the area of Information and          13 October
                                             Internet for SMEs.                    Communication Technologies. To explain
                                                                                   how MSMEs can conduct business and
                                                                                   marketing through Internet.




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                   Projects                                Activities                             Main objective                              Date

   Project II.3. “SELA-IBERPYME              II Meeting “Learning to export”.       To disseminate information about strategies,    Tegucigalpa, Honduras
   Programme”.                                                                      best practices, successful cases and lessons    15 October
                                                                                    learned on internationalization processes. To
                                                                                    hold a meeting of businessmen and experts
                                                                                    in key issues, by areas, in order to improve
                                                                                    competitiveness and promote
                                                                                    internationalization of MSMEs.
   Project II.3. “SELA-IBERPYME              VII International Congress on Social   To promote reflection about Social              Mexico City, Mexico, D.F.
   Programme”.                               Responsibility.                        Responsibility and the role played by SMEs      19 October
                                                                                    or micro-enterprises in Latin America.
   Project II.3. “SELA-IBERPYME              Seminar on technology transfers        To provide information about best practices Managua, Nicaragua
   Programme”.                               and innovation for development of      concerning policies and strategies for      21 to 23 October
                                             public policies.                       innovation and trade at the international
                                                                                    level, with an approach favouring
                                                                                    technology transfers.
                                                                                    To build a network to follow up policy
                                                                                    implementation at the regional level.

   INSTITUTIONAL MATTERS                     XXXV Regular Meeting of the Latin                                                      27 to 29 October
                                             American Council.
   Project II.3. “SELA-IBERPYME              First Seminar on public policies for   To provide information about the main           Santiago, Chile
   Programme”.                               new strategies and modalities for      strategies and methodologies followed by        5 November
                                             SMEs internationalization and          various Ibero-American organizations
                                             exports.                               promoting internationalization so as to
                                                                                    support SMEs in their export processes.
   Project II.3. “SELA-IBERPYME              IV Forum on Public Policies to         Promote the exchange of experiences and         Montevideo, Uruguay
   Programme”.                               support SMEs.                          best practices among experts and                9 and 10 November
                                                                                    development institutions in Latin America
                                                                                    and the Caribbean (LAC) in order to
                                                                                    improve the quality of public policies for
                                                                                    development of small enterprises.




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                   Projects                               Activities                             Main objective                              Date

   Project II.3. “SELA-IBERPYME              III Business Forum: Knowledge      This Business Forum is aimed at disseminating      Buenos Aires, Argentina
   Programme”.                               Management, ICTs and Innovation. information about experiences and business           12 November
                                                                                initiatives as regards the use of innovations
                                                                                and Information and Communication
                                                                                Technologies as strategies to develop
                                                                                competitiveness and achieve
                                                                                internationalization of SMEs.
   Project II.2. Technical assistance to     II.2.2. Training programme for     To strengthen the negotiating capacity of          19 and 20 November
   contribute to economic and social         negotiators of international       public institutions in LAC vis-à-vis foreign
   development in LAC.                       agreements on Foreign Direct       investors.
                                             Investment in LAC.
   Project II.3. “SELA-IBERPYME              Workshop on Tourist Project        To inform about experiences, successful            Caracas, Venezuela
   Programme”.                               Planning for MSMEs.                cases and lessons learned on how tourist           19 November
                                                                                projects have been planned and
                                                                                developed in Ibero-America.
   Project II.2. Technical assistance to     II.2.1. Seminar-Workshop, in       To contribute to strengthening professional        II Semester
   contribute to economic and social         collaboration with UNCTAD, to      and institutional capacities for designing
   development in LAC.                       support the formulation of public  policies to fight poverty in LAC.
                                             policies in the Member States of
                                             SELA to fight poverty.
   Other activities                          Training workshop on food security To train officials responsible for food security   II Semester
                                             in LAC.                            policies in LAC with respect to the main
                                                                                issues on the national agendas.
   Other activities                          First Meting of the Regional       To evaluate the actions undertaken during          II Semester
                                             Cooperation Programme on Trade 2009 under this programme and reach a
                                             Facilitation in LAC. (II.1.6).     consensus on actions and priority areas on
                                                                                which the regional programme should focus
                                                                                during the year 2010, as well as the progress
                                                                                made in the WTO multilateral negotiations.

   Project III.4. Diversification of foreign III.4.1.1 Business Seminar to explore To explore options to strengthen trade and      II Semester
   economic relations of Latin America potentials of the economic relations investment relations between the People’s
   and the Caribbean.                        between the People’s Republic of      Republic of China and LAC countries.
                                             China and LAC countries.




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                   Projects                               Activities                                Main objective                           Date

   Project III.4. Diversification of foreign III.4.2.1 Business Seminar to explore To explore options to strengthen trade and      II Semester
   economic relations of Latin America potentials of the economic relations investment relations between India and
   and the Caribbean.                        between India and LAC countries. LAC.
   Project III.4. Diversification of foreign III.4.3.1. Business Seminar to explore   To explore options to strengthen trade and   II Semester
   economic relations of Latin America potentials of the economic relations           investment relations between the Russian
   and the Caribbean.                        between the Russian Federation           Federation and LAC countries.
                                             and LAC countries.
   Project III.4. Diversification of foreign III.4.4.1. Business Seminar to explore   To explore options to strengthen trade and   II Semester
   economic relations of Latin America potentials of the economic relations           investment relations between East Asian
   and the Caribbean.                        between East Asian countries and         countries and LAC countries.
                                             LAC countries.



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