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Shimon Peres President of Israel

Shimon Peres is a Polish-born Israeli statesman. He was the ninth President of Israel from 2007 to 2014. Peres served twice as the Prime Minister of Israel and twice as Interim Prime Minister, and he was a member of 12 cabinets in a political career spanning over 66 years. Peres was elected to the Knesset in November 1959 and, except for a three-month-long hiatus in early 2006, served continuously until 2007, when he became President.

He held several diplomatic and military positions during and directly after Israel's War of Independence. His first high-level government position was as Deputy Director-General of Defense in 1952, and Director-General from 1953 until 1959. During his career, he has represented five political parties in the Knesset: Mapai, Rafi, the Alignment, Labor and Kadima, and has led Alignment and Labor. Peres won the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize together with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat for the peace talks that he participated in as Israeli Foreign Minister, producing the Oslo Accords.

Peres was nominated in early 2007 by Kadima to run in that year's presidential election, and was elected by the Knesset to the presidency on 13 June 2007 and sworn into office on 15 July 2007 for a seven-year term. He is the first former Prime Minister to be elected President of Israel.

In 2008, Peres was honorarily appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George.

Clark W. Reynolds-Profesor Emérito de Economía, Universidad de Stanford

Clark Reynolds was a professor of economics at Stanford University. He recognized as an expert in the field of economic development in the context of Latin America. Many of his publications focused on the importance of the interdependence of nations in a global sense and the need for just economic policies.

Reynolds was born in Chicago on March 13, 1934. His family moved to San Diego, California when Reynolds was a teenager. Prior to finishing a graduate program in economics at MIT, he graduated from Claremont McKenna College in the year 1956. Reynolds eventually received his doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley.

Before coming to Stanford as a professor in 1967, Reynolds was a professor at the universities of Occidental and Yale. In 1969, Reynolds participated in a panel formed by the administration of President Nixon and directed by New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller, and met with several political leaders in Latin America.

Years later, he lived in China. In 1996 he was a professor at the John Hopkins Center in Nanjing. Then, he lived Shanghai for two years (2001-2003) and taught at the International Business School China Europe.

At Stanford, Professor Reynolds was part of the Food Research Institute. He was a director of the Americas Program at Stanford. Under his direction, the United States-Mexico project was formed. From this project came the foundations for NAFTA.

Reynolds spent his life exploring and seeking ways to alleviate poverty and inequality among socioeconomic classes. He was very interested in achieving social justice through economic policies. He died on March 18, 2009 of pulmonary fibrosis. He was seventy-nine years old.

Courses offered for public officials

Working to facilitate the establishment of effective and reliable public officials, the Latin American Institute on Leadership and Governance (ILLGP, by its Spanish acronym), has made available some information regarding its courses offered in the sphere of public administration. The service can be accessed through the following link: http://goo.gl/PRzwrA

The page provides updated, specific information on the educational opportunities relating to public administration offered to universities and international organizations.

The ILLGP maintains as its key objective the strengthening of state capacity in achieving quantifiable, tangible improvements for the quality-of-life of its citizens, especially those least well-off. To this effect, the ILLGP promotes the generation of tools for more effective policy action and public management, with emphasis on ethics, efficiency, democratic integrity, economic growth, and an inclusive political sphere.

Technical Committee business plans to be made in collaboration with key public sector organizations

On Thursday, August 1st, the Lurín River Basin’s Technical Committee on Agriculture and Livestock conducted the first meeting among members of its Coordination Panel. Participants included representatives of the Lima Regional Government, AGRORURAL, the Huarochirí Municipal Community, and several fruit- and legume-producers’ associations from the river basin. The Committee serves to reunite public and private institutions to discuss sensible project and policy initiatives aimed at promoting the basin’s market competitiveness.

The first session was spent drafting various business plans for increased production in various areas including: a diary production plant in Quilquichaca, San Damián; a fruit-derivative facility in Cruz de Laya, Lahuaytambo; an APROAC-run, fruit-focused, agroindustrial plant in Antioquía; pre- and post-production procedures for fruit in Lahuaytambo’s cities of Lucumine, Antioquía, and Santa Ana; and pea production plants run by Niño Jesús de Culpe and Santa Rosa, two agricultural associations in Tupicocha. The Technical Committee is set to be involved in the management of resources for these projects, as well as their interactions with AGROIDEAS and PROCOMPITE.

Producers from the Lurín River Basin make tour of Huánuco to exchange experiences on commercialization and association.

On July 15th and 16th, the Global Center for Development and Democracy (GCDD), through its “Regional Development and Job Creation in the Lurín River Valley” program, organized an outing for several dozen representatives of the agricultural producers’ network in the Lurín Valley. The outing, entitled “Successful Experiences in Commercialization and Association,” took place in the upper-Amazonian cities of Tocache and Tingo María.

The purpose of the trip was to exchange knowledge and experiences on factors leading to the successful management of organizations dedicated to bettering producers’ market access. In attendance were 22 representatives of the Lurín agricultural production network, two representatives of local governments, one representative of the Lurín Municipal Community, and five representatives of the GCDD and COOPERAPERU.


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Global Center for Development and Democracy

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