On November 10, 2009, staff from across several Departments of the World Bank gathered for a special briefing session with guest speaker Enrique Maruri, the Director of International Cooperation at the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chair of the International Task Team on South-South Cooperation (TT-SSC). The purpose for the meeting was to introduce the work of the Task Team and discuss ways in which the Bank could contribute to the process.
In his presentation
, Mr. Maruri indicated the key objectives of the TT-SCC, as highlighted in the Accra Agenda for Action
in September 2008. He also stressed the importance of generating and sharing evidence on what works and what does not in South-South cooperation through a broad process of documenting them in case studies—an area where he welcomes the active participation and collaboration of the Bank. The end result will feed into concrete recommendations during the upcoming High-Level Event in Bogota, Colombia, in March 2010, ahead of the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Korea, in 2011.
With now fifteen countries involved in the process, it is expected that more will join in the coming months. As Mr. Maruri puts it “through this transparent process, we have lots of expectations: we hope to establish a mechanism that supports change; and we also want to incorporate a new language in the development community that focuses less on aid and more on collaboration, partnership and exchange.”