11.12. - 13.12.2013

Perú-EU Dialogue on Innovation for Territorial Development

Lieu de la manifestation: Lima (Peru)

From 11th to 13th December 2013, experts and politicians coming from different territories and administrative levels of Peru, its neighbouring countries (Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile), multilateral organizations (OECD, BID, CAF) and the European Union (DG Regio), as well as experts coming from European Regions and the AEBR have exchanged their views at the "Pontifical Catholic University of Peru" during these "Dialogues EU-Peru on Innovation for Territorial Development". Main topics addressed were: Innovation Policies, Instruments for Innovation, Strategic Alliances, Innovative Cities and Regions, Cross-Border Innovation, and Exchange of Best Practices. This experience has been very highly appreciated both by the Latin American and European participants, showing a high level of commitment in the consolidation of cross-border cooperation, innovation practices and decentralization. The Director General of DG Regio, Mr. Walter Defaa, opened these Dialogues, and he also kept a strong agenda of contacts at all levels with the Government of Peru, with the support of the EU Delegation in Lima. There are manifold fields of cooperation to be further developed, being the perspectives very positive, as well as the expectations and commitment of all parties involved. A new generation of cooperation is being built across the Atlantic, which is very promising for both sides involved.
Martin Guillermo, Secretary General of the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR), showed his satisfaction for the deepening of the collaboration between the European Commission (DG Regio) and the Government of Peru (Ministry for Foreig Affairs) in terms of exchanging lessons learned on territorial cooperation and regional innovation. The EU experience in Regional Policy has been constructed along several decades of structural support to the regions and cities of the EU, in search of the maximum level of cohesion amongst European territories. On the other hand, Latin America is facing several processes of integration that still need to take into account their reciprocal complementarity, as well as the development of all territories, particularly those more challenging, as it is the case of border and peripheral territories, mostly rural, with enormous gaps in terms of infrastructure and the provision of basic services.