Transfer of powers among Peruvian governors

The First Meeting of Regional and Elected Governors of Peru, organized by the National Assembly of Regional Governments, was held in Lima on December 16. The day, with the presence of the outgoing governors and those elected in the second round, on December 9, allowed a transfer of powers and a review of the current state of decentralization in the country.

Edwin Licona, governor of Cusco and former president of ANGR, was in charge of stock-taking for the past four years. Licona explained that this period had meant the institutional consolidation of ANGR, insisting that governors continue to support the Assembly as a political space. Reviewing the situation, he stated that the government of President Ollanta Humala had stagnated the decentralizing process. The overture came with the government of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and the creation of the Executive GOREs, a meeting space between the national government and the regional governors. Licona defended the Executive GORE as an opportunity to unlock investments, streamline regulations and develop regional territorial agendas. He also said that President Martin Vizcarra, former governor of Moquegua, had helped to consolidate this space. He recommended that the incoming governors take full advantage of this space and this situation. Licona, however, didn't miss the opportunity to demand the creation of a decentralization ministry and a fiscal reform that would give the regions financial autonomy.

The day included sessions dedicated to educating the new governors in the systems of public management and finance, as well as the dissemination of good practices by regional governments. The event also led to the presentation of the Mancomunidad de Regiones de los Andes, which has recently become a member of ORU Fogar, the Mancomunidad de la Paca y Manrhi and the Amazon Interregional Council. 

In the presentation of the Mancomunidad Andina, the governor of Apurimac, Wilber Venegas, pointed out that in four years 30 million plants had been replanted, leading to reforestation of the territory. Governor Glodoaldo Álvarez dedicated his speech to highlighting the management of the water cycle by the Mancomunidad de la Paca y Manrhi. Finally, during the presentation of the Amazon Council, Rubén Alva, governor of Huánuco, demanded the development of the Amazon to be on the national agenda, so that this territory is not only an extractive territory. 

 

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