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The Mercocities Network defined more than 50 events to be held in locations in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay and Uruguay, during a recent meeting held in Montevideo, the headquarters of Mercosur.

The meeting was chaired by the host mayor and vice president of Institutional Relations of the Network, Carolina Cosséand by the president of Mercocities and mayor of Esteban Echeverría, Buenos Aires, Ferdinand Gray.

It brought together representatives from more than 25 cities in eight South American countries, along with leaders from university institutions in the region and various international and national organizations, including the National University of Córdoba, UN Habitat, the Office of the United Nations for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Ibero-American General Secretariat, the Global Coalition of Mayors for Climate and Energy, and the Uruguayan Association for International Cooperation.

The Municipality of Banda del Río Salí participated in the sessions, held in blended form on March 10 and 11, which leads the Border Integration Thematic Instance, represented by its General Coordinating Secretary, Miguel Vazquezand the coordinator of International Relations, Rodolfo Di Pintoto present its Work Plan, which was included in the 2022 Annual Agenda of Mercocities.

“The plan involves learning about the results of the questionnaires sent to the border cities to carry out a diagnosis that allows us to get closer to the various local realities and set up a Zoom to prepare responses to the needs and proposals of each city,” said Di I paint. “The cities will be invited by the mayor of Banda del Río Salí, Dario Monteros, to participate in a semi-presential form in the meeting of our Thematic Unit, which we will prepare for the celebrations for the 50 years of our municipality during the first week of July; invitation that was made personally to the president of the organization, Fernando Gray, during the event”, he pointed out.

This action will make it possible to share and strengthen the bonds of friendship between the border cities, supported by the sub-coordinators: Carabayllo from Peru, Foz de Iguazú from Brazil and Melo from Uruguay, so that by generating and/or improving the bonds of trust they can integrate projects to work on them together. “We will prepare visits to the main companies in our jurisdiction so that they understand why, despite not being a border city, we are so closely linked to the bordering countries of northern Argentina and, at the same time, we will ask the subcoordinators for their collaboration, urging them to offer and take charge of leading some topics to consider in the participating cities,” Di Pinto said.

The objective is to prepare a report to present in the space for Meetings of the Thematic Instances of the Mercocities Network, during the XXVII Mercocities Summit to be held in the city of Montevideo at the end of this year, with the aim of increasing the number of participating cities in the Thematic Unit.

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