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Deepening Regional Economic Cooperation Becomes the Primary Topic for the Fifth Joint Conference of ICAPP and COPPPAL

 (IESCO news) On November 28th, the Fifth Joint Conference of the standing committee of ICAPP and the coordinating institution of COPPPAL was held in Mexico City. The ICAPP-COPPPAL Business Council officially declared its establishment during the conference, and deepening the regional cooperation of Asian, Latin American and Caribbean region became the priority of the Council.

President of COPPPAL César Camacho Quiroz, Chairman of ICAPP Jose de Venecia, and Deputy President of COPPPAL Gustavo Carvajal Moreno declared together the official establishment of the ICAPP-COPPPAL Business Council.

President of COPPPAL César Camacho Quiroz pointed out: one of the most beneficial practice of human civilization is to push forward progress through cooperation, so we should make the use of the geographical position and resource advantage as well as the Memorandums of Understanding signed by both parties, to create more fortune for the countries and people in Asian and Latin America/Caribbean regions.

Chairman of ICAPP José De Venecia pointed out: the establishment of the ICAPP-COPPPAL Business Council is of vital importance to relieve the unequal economic development of two continents. Although Asian and Latin American countries’ economy has developed rapidly, the economic inequality is very serious in the global scope. He appealed that ICAPP and COPPPAL should concentrate on pushing forward economic growth and endeavoring to reduce the economic inequality, because the main challenge face by these two regions is how to make sure the economic growth can be distributed properly and how to return the practical outcomes to people, and this is also the priority of the ICAPP-COPPPAL Business Council’s work in the future.

During the conference, according to the proposal of the Co-Chairman of ICAPP Chung Eui Yong, Julio Millán Bojalil was elected as the Chairman of the ICAPP-COPPPAL Business Council, and Martín Rodriguez was elected as the Vice-Chairman. The conference has three topics for discussion: cooperative management in energy field, cooperation in infrastructure construction, and cooperation in other fields. Guests including Minister of Energy of Mexico and former President of COPPPAL Pedro Joaquín Coldwell and Minister of Infrastructure and Telecommunications of Mexico Gerardo Ruiz Esparza delivered keynote speeches. Minister of Foreign Affairs of the National Executive Committee of Mexican Institutional Revolutionary Party Javier Vega Camargo, Vice President of COPPPAL Manolo Pichardo and Francisco Rosales, and Head of International Relations of New Azerbaijan Party Asaf Hajiyev as well as about 120 entrepreneurs coming from Mexico, Latin America, and Asia attended the conference.   

Deputy Secretary-General of IESCO and Director of IESCO’s New York Secretariat Mr. Jin Xiaoyi attended the conference as the special envoy of IESCO’s President. Mr. Jin Xiaoyi forwarded President Jiang Mingjun’s greetings to Chairman José De Venecia and President Gustavo Carvajal Moreno, and discussed with the attendants on the establishment of “Global Parties Climate and Ecological Alliance (GPCEA) Economic Committee” proposed by President Jiang Mingjun. The proposal won the support of ICAPP and COPPPAL. Chairman José De Venecia and President Gustavo Carvajal Moreno said they hoped GPCEA can become a platform leading the economic cooperation among political parties in the world, especially to make significant contributions to responding to climate change, developing ecological economy and green economy, and energy-saving and emission reduction. The attending delegations of political parties acknowledged the work done by IESCO in responding to climate change and resolving ecological crises, and requested all the political parties to actively take part in and support the work of GPCEA.

     Related Link:Given that economic interactions have had influence on the political cooperation between ICAPP and COPPPAL, on October 8-12, 2010, at the 19th Plenary Session of COPPPAL held in San Salvador, after deliberations, then President of COPPPAL Antonio Cafiero, then Vice President of COPPPAL Gustavo Carvajal Moreno, and Co-Chairman and Secretary-General of ICAPP Chung Eui Yong agreed the standing committee of ICAPP and the coordinating institution of COPPPAL to jointly form the “ICAPP-COPPPAL Business Council”.

The above proposal was passed at the Third Fifth Joint Conference of the standing committee of ICAPP and the coordinating institution of COPPPAL held on October 13-14, 2012. The main functions of the Council were also set: 1. Assist business groups in Asia and Latin/Caribbean regions to establish a closer relation; 2. Exploit the potential paths of expanding business and potential fields for cooperation; and 3. Further expand the cooperation in economy and trade by close cooperation among political leaders.

On September 19-21, 2014, at the Eighth General Assembly of ICAPP held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, representatives of ICAPP and COPPPAL agreed to jointly launch the ICAPP-COPPPAL Business Council at the Fifth Joint Conference of the standing committee of ICAPP and the coordinating institution of COPPPAL held on November 27, 2014.

It’s learned that the Fifth Joint Conference of the standing committee of ICAPP and the coordinating institution of COPPPAL not only included the regional economic cooperation in its theme, but also listed “extreme poverty” and “climate change” as priorities of ICAPP and COPPPAL. At the Third Joint Conference of the standing committee of ICAPP and the coordinating institution of COPPPAL, IESCO was granted the status of international observer in the fields of climate change, ecological safety, and sustainable development. ICAPP and COPPPAL shall notice: the proposal of “Global Parties Climate and Ecological Alliance” was jointly endorsed by ICAPP, COPPPAL, CAPP, CAPDI and IESCO. GPCEA was initiated at the “Climate Change, Human Health and Development” forum on July 18, 2014. On the basis of not obeying the principles of the respective political parties, political elites actively support and take part in the activities of GPCEA with the goals of tackling climate change and resolving ecological crises. 







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