Former Venezuelan Ambassador to the United Nations, Milos Alcalay writes: An International Center for Assilah conference was held in Tangiers on August 10, convened by former Moroccan Foreign Minister, Mohammed Benaissa, to discuss prospects for South-South Cooperation.
This same position is mirrored in positions held by various exponents of Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America who agreed to reject ideas of confrontation between industrialized and developing nations, since they believe that South-South Cooperation should NOT be considered a substitute, but rather as a complement to North-South Cooperation.
Among other proposals, the need to stimulate private sector involvement was stressed, considering that it is crucial to guarantee financing for development and the active incorporation of NGOs, national parliaments, trade unions, etc., all of which are deemed necessary to bring together realistic solutions to the problems faced by the poorest of the poor countries' governments.
In my capacity as a member of the G-77 panel on South-South Cooperation, I presided over the closing session of the conference, in which former presidents, foreign ministers, ambassadors, senior UN officials, academics and NGO representatives expressed optimism over its proposals. Former Ecuadorean Foreign Minister, Maria Espinoza and Mexican senator Solomon Jara Cruz -- chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs for Africa -- were among Latin American voices that contributed towards the search for new avenues of solidarity.
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