CATIE strengthened relationships with its country member: Paraguay
- In the last days of his official trip to Paraguay, the Director General of CATIE visited MADES, the UGP, the IPTA, the UNCA and the USC
October 29, 2018. Continuing his official trip to Paraguay, Muhammad Ibrahim, director general of CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) visited several entities from the 25 to the 26. Among them, the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADES, its Spanish acronym), the Union of Production Guilds (UGP, its Spanish acronym), the Paraguayan Institute of Agricultural Technology (IPTA, its Spanish acronym), the National University of Caaguazú (UNCA, its Spanish acronym) and the University of San Carlos (USC).
He made these visits accompanied by Alfredo Molinas, the Center's liaison in Paraguay, in order to identify issues and initiatives in which CATIE can work together with key institutions in Paraguay, and thus support the country on its environmental, agricultural and social challenges.
At MADES, Ibrahim spoke with Ethel Estigarribia, director and focal point of Climate Change, as well as with Carlos Vecca, advisor to the general directorate of the Ministry. In this meeting, they discussed future cooperation in projects related to technical cooperation on climate change and agreed to identify training initiatives and even the elaboration of projects to apply for funding
With the UGP, an association that brings together 19 production and agro-industry organizations from Paraguay, Ibrahim shared a lunch with several of its members, to whom he showed the objectives and scope of CATIE and how the institution could cooperate with the country. In this sense, it was agreed to sign a framework agreement to outline joint work actions between both entities.
In addition, Vecca and Ariel Oviedo, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, also participated in this meeting. The Minister knew in detail the importance of MADES as a member of CATIE's Board of Directors for Paraguay and stressed that MADES is interested in being part of CATIE, in order to know the experiences that could be replicated in the country from the ministry.
At the IPTA, the President of the Institute attended Ibrahim and agreed to sign a framework agreement to identify and define research, transfer and training actions on issues especially related to the rational use of natural resources for agricultural, livestock and forestry production.
On day 26, meetings were held with the UNCA and USC authorities.
The UNCA authorities expressed their intention to agree on a framework agreement with CATIE and to draw up a joint work and action plan. Its main interest is to apply for and obtain admission to doctorates, master's degrees and other trainings so that its graduates and professors can access the benefits and services of the Center's Postgraduate School.
Finally, at USC, a private university specialized in agri-business; the Director General of CATIE presented the scope and new challenges of the Center in the southern region, focusing on Paraguay.
Arturo Villate, vice-rector of the USC, expressed his interest in establishing a framework agreement and an action plan with CATIE so that both universities work together.
After the visits, Molinas stated that it was a very fruitful day through which important relationships were strengthened and job opportunities were obtained between CATIE and Paraguay.
CATIE’s liaison in i Paraguay
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