Executive Secretariat for Integral Development (SEDI)

Department of Economic Development


The Trade Capacity Building and Institutional Strengthening and Economic Empowerment projects are implemented in close coordination and cooperation with more than 40 international and regional organizations, ministries and national entities, academic institutions, and NGOs in the Americas.

In this way, partnerships have been consolidated with international organizations such as the IDB and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), in the context of the OAS-IDB-ECLAC Tripartite Committee; the World Bank; the World Trade Organization (WTO); the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD); the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), INPI (Brazil), IMPI (Mexico), and the secretariats of regional organizations, as well as several universities, and NGOs.  Moreover, increasing attention has been paid to supporting horizontal cooperation initiatives, in particular South-South cooperation, that enable Member States to share among themselves lessons learned and best practices.

Thanks to this sort of partnership with countries and other strategic partners it has been possible to supplement the limited available financial resources and execute an extensive cooperation projects tailored to the Member states’ needs for institutional and human resources strengthening.  In addition to specific funds received from Member States, such as Canada, Chile, and the United States, as well as from Observer Countries, several Member States have made significant contributions, particularly in-kind contributions, by placing at the countries’ disposal the experience of their personnel or their infrastructure in support of capacity building initiatives.

The alliance with PIPRA (Public Intellectual Property Resources for Agriculture) is emblematic of successful partnership with academic institutions. The initiative, based at the University of California, Davis, was created in order to develop programs and activities whereby developing countries can benefit from the use and harnessing of innovation, technology transfer, and intellectual property tools.

Work with NGOs has also been promoted. One example is the collaboration with “Light Years IP” in the execution of initiatives to identify distinctive, high-value intangible products and methodologies for developing strategies by which to increase export revenues in Latin America and the Caribbean. Another example is the association with “Vital Voices” for the launch of the “Central American Businesswomen’s Network” in the framework of the Economic Empowerment Project.