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Garamendi and the Vice Minister of Regional Development of the Government of Chile share their models of transfer of powers

2023 October 4
  • The Minister for Public Governance and Self-Governance met with Francisca Perales at the Palacio de la Moneda
  • The meeting addressed decentralisation, a process in which the South American country is immersed, and the model of transfer of powers
  • Garamendi informed the Chilean authorities that in this matter “the most important thing is to approach dialogue and negotiation from a perspective of agreements and not impositions”
  • The Counsellor and the Deputy Minister are called upon to continue working and strengthening the relationship between the two governments

The Minister of Public Governance and Self-Government, Olatz Garamendi, held a meeting with the Undersecretary (Deputy Minister) for Regional Development of the Government of Chile, Francisca Perales at the Palacio de La Moneda, headquarters of the President of the Republic. During the meeting, the local leader expressed interest in the Basque Government's model of decentralisation and transfer of powers. At present, Chile is immersed in a process of decentralisation and development of the regions and they place the Basque Country as one of their benchmarks to advance in their new country model.

After the meeting, Garamendi stressed that “we have conveyed to the Chilean authorities that the most important thing is to approach dialogue and negotiation from the perspective of agreements and not impositions.” Given the great interest shown by the Chilean Government, Undersecretary Perales and Minister Garamendi have been asked to continue working and strengthening the relationship between the two governments.

Francisca Perales is part of the Government team of the Chilean President Gabriel Boric. In her position as Undersecretary of Regional Development, equivalent to deputy minister, she is responsible for leading and promoting the strengthening of regional governments and the process of decentralisation of the country.

Chilean process

Chile is in a process of political and administrative decentralisation that aims to give autonomy to local governments and manage the capacity of citizens to participate in decision-making. The matters that are likely to be executed by regional governments are those of territorial planning, promotion of productive activities and social and cultural development. The local government's interest in the Basque model derives from the current situation in the South American country.

Full agenda

After the meeting with Perales, the Minister participated in a talk on transparency with the director of “Chile Transparente”, Maria Jaraquemada; the executive secretary of the Public Integrity and Transparency Committee of the Government of Chile, Valeria Lübbert and the president of the Decentralised Chile Foundation, Ismael Toloza.

In the afternoon, Garamendi will meet with Claudio Orrego, the Governor of the Metropolitan Region of Santiago, the headquarters of the Executive Branch in Chile and a region that brings together a significant proportion of the country's companies and industries. In 2022, during the visit of Governor Orrego to the Basque Country, the Memorandum of Understanding between the Metropolitan Regional Government of Santiago and the Basque Government was signed. The day will culminate with a visit to the Euzko Etxea in Santiago where the Minister will analyse the current situation in the Basque Country with the diaspora.

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