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August 22 | San Jose, Costa Rica

10th ParlAmericas Plenary Assembly: Economic Development


  • To discuss the topics of food security, natural resources development, and connecting women’s rights to food security
  • To develop recommendations for the hemisphere’s parliaments with the guidance of experts

WORKING GROUPS 1. Natural Resources Development 2. Food Security Meeting of the Group of Women Parliamentarians: Connecting Women’s Rights to Food Security

August 21 | San Jose, Costa Rica

OAS Regional Seminar: Legislative Activity and New Alternatives in the Fight Against Drugs


  • To increase dialogue among parliamentarians, building on the release of the OAS comprehensive report The Drug Problem in the Americas
  • To discuss topics such as criminality, democracy, legislative agendas, the role of legislative institutions, and the importance of collaborative dialogue on these issues in the region

*This regional seminar is part of an ongoing project of the OAS: Strengthening the Capacities of Legislators from Central America, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. ParlAmericas is pleased to provide support for the project in the form of facilitating the participation of parliamentarians.

PARLAMERICAS DELEGATION ParlAmericas sponsored the participation of parliamentarians, including members of the Board of Directors. Secretary-Treasurer Germán Blanco spoke on the high-level panel “Drugs and collaborative dialogue between public authorities.”

May 16 | Paramaribo, Suriname

5th Annual Gathering of the Group of Women Parliamentarians (2013)


  • To develop strategies for increasing the political participation and leadership of women in the Americas, and provide legislators with tools for passing laws that are reflective of women’s issues from the region

Session 1: Women Presidents of National Legislatures Session 2: Leadership and Political Participation of Women of African Descent Session 3: The Effects of Women’s Participation in Politics


February 25 | Bogota, Colombia

Workshop 6: Parliaments and Extractive Industries (South America)

Theme: How to Improve Oversight and Increase Collaboration Presentations

  • Extractive industries and transition post-extraction in Latin America (Carlos Monge – Introduction) (Spanish)
  • Parliaments and extractive industries (Fernando Patzy – Introduction) (Spanish)
  • The role of parliament with regard to extractive industries (Fernando Patzy – S1) (Spanish)
  • Roles of parliament: legislation, supervision and representation (Manuel Briceño – S1) (Spanish)
  • Current status of prior consultations in South America: the case of Colombia (Gloria Rodriguez – S2) (Spanish)
  • Contracts, grants and tax regimes (Fernando Patzy – S3) (Spanish)
  • Parliaments: strengthening governance and transparency in extractive industries (Lisa Bhansali – S3) (Spanish)
  • Management of income derived from extractive industries (Carlos Monge – S4) (Spanish)
  • Adjustments to the primary extractive export model (Carlos Monge – S5) (Spanish)
  • Presentation of the Executive Power of the Gran Porte Mining Law Project (LMGP, as per its acronym in Spanish), Uruguay (Carlos Baráibar – S5) (Spanish)
  • Transitions: post-extractivism and alternatives to extractivism in Peru (Alejandra Alayza – S5) (Spanish)

Participation of Parliamentarians and Guest Speakers (Spanish)

Objectives of the meeting: to offer a space where parliamentarians and experts in the subject matter can discuss the roles and actions of national legislatures with respect to extractive activities and to increase regional knowledge and best practices with regards to the extractive sector in South America, and possibilities of parliamentary cooperation.


  • S1. Parliamentary Roles: Legislation, Supervision and Representation
  • S2. The Current State of the Right to Prior Consultation in South America
  • S3. Types of Contracts, Tax Regime and Transparency
  • S4. Managing Revenues from Extractive Activities
  • S5. Superior or alternative models of development