London, 26 March 2021.- A debate on infrastructure sustainability brought to an end today a course on sustainable infrastructure for Latin American. The course was sponsored by the UK's Infrastructure Project Authority and the FCDO, with the collaboration of Latin American diplomatic missions based in London.
The five-day course was aimed at high-level officials and decision makers from Latin America. It combined master lectures, technical sessions, study of practical cases and thematic workshops with a view to developing the technical capacity and furthering dialogue between the countries of the area towards the implementation of long-term sustainable infrastructure strategies and programs and exploring how the UK could be a partner for developing infrastructure in the region.
The debates showed a need to develop sustainable infrastructure in order to respond to climate change effects not only in respect of the environment but also socially and economically. Similarly, it demonstrated the importance of long-term infrastructure planning and the development of funding strategies to ensure better, greener and faster implementation.
Over 200 officials from 18 Latin American countries, including ministers, deputy ministers, governors of development and investment banks and presidents of engineering associations, among others, attended the course. High level officials from Cuba could not to attend because they were unable to access the digital conference platform that was used as a result of the US blockade. Cuban Ambassador to the UK, Bárbara Montalvo, and Economic Counsellor, Marta Castillo, attended on their behalf.