Initiative for the Integration of Regional Infrastructure in South America (IIRSA)
Initiative for the Integration of Regional Infrastructure in South America (IIRSA) is a South American initiative begun in August 2000 "to promote the process of political, social and economic integration of South America, including the modernization of the regional infrastructure and specific actions to stimulate the integration and development of isolated sub regions."
Origin of IIRSA
It was conceived at the First Meeting of Presidents of South America, held that month in Brasilia. The presidents who attended were:
- Brazil: Fernando Henrique Cardoso
- Argentina: Fernando De la Rúa
- Bolivia: Hugo Bánzer Suárez
- Chile: Ricardo Lagos Escobar
- Colombia: Andrés Pastrana Arango
- Ecuador: Gustavo Noboa
- Guyana: Bharrat Jagdeo
- Paraguay: Luis Angel González Macchi
- Perú: Alberto Fujimori Fujimori
- Suriname: Runaldo Ronald Venetiaan
- Uruguay: Jorge Batlle Ibañez
- Venezuela: Hugo Chávez
Based on agreements from that meeting, the Ministers of Transport, Energy, and Telecommunications of the twelve countries drew up an action plan for the Integration of Regional Infrastructure in South America. Thus, IIRSA was created. "Since its creation, the activities undertaken have focused on identifying the physical, regulatory and institutional requirements for planning and implementing basic infrastructure to attain South American integration."
Articles and Resources
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