August 12, 2003
Translation: FTAA Secretariat
FTAA – CONSULTATIVE GROUP ON SMALLER ECONOMIESSPECIFIC PROJECT PROFILE WITHIN THE
FRAMEWORK OF THE HEMISPHERIC
COOPERATION PROGRAM - RELATED TO INVESTMENT
- Title of the Project
“Program of Institutional Strengthening in Investment”
Several Paraguayan government institutions are directly linked to competition in
investment, whether domestic or foreign.
Bilateral investment agreements have been the topic most frequently addressed by
these institutions, which are grouped together in an interagency commission.
This commission is composed of persons who received on-the-job training on this
topic. We should note the interdisciplinary nature of this topic, which
substantively enriches the work on this matter and the bilateral and
multilateral negotiations in which these persons take part.
The degree of complexity of the ongoing negotiations on this topic, which is
reflected in the large number of bracketed items in the respective chapter. The
number of brackets is due, principally, to the different approaches ascribed to
given institutes, because the proposals in question come from various
integration processes with differing jurisdictional structures, objectives, and
philosophies. This means that understanding of the processes must be enhanced.
- Objectives of the project
Strengthening the institutional capacity of competition agencies
Training, and improving the skills of, negotiators
- Inputs: resources required for the project
Financial resources needed for:
- participation in seminars and courses on the topic,
- internships at international agencies,
- the formulation of diagnoses and analyses of the domestic situation in this
- direct technical assistance to institutions from international experts
- Expected Results
Strengthened institutional capacity in this area