More than 90 people participated in the INNOVACT Closing Conference in the border area Peru - Chile carried out on November 22 in the city of Tacna, Peru.

The activity was attended by regional authorities led by Mr. Guzmán Fernández, Vice Governor of Tacna and Mr. Jorge Heiden, Ministerial Regional Minister of Agriculture Arica and Parinacota; with representatives of the Foreign Ministries of both countries: Mr. Julio Sánchez, Deputy Director of Border Integration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru and Ms. Gilda Vera, Attorney National Directorate of Borders and State Limits of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile and with the representation of the Delegation of the European Union in Peru in the hands of Mr. Stefaan Pauwels, Head of Cooperation.

The main objective of this seminar was to present the action plan, which contains the cross-border projects on agriculture in areas of water scarcity and tourism formulated by the ecosystem actors of both countries themselves (public, business, local, social and academic sectors). 


To link these projects to similar experiences and activities carried out in Europe as well as to explore the possibility of establishing alliances with European institutions for their implementation, this activity included presentations by leading international experts: Mr. Gino Cormons, Senior Official of the Region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia (Italy), expert in economic development of border areas; Mr. Jorge Molina-Martínez, Director of the Brussels delegation of Campus Iberus (Spain), expert in interregional and cross-border collaboration in education and research; Mr. Peder Schjodt, CEO and founder of the company New Basics (Denmark), expert in commercialization of high value agricultural products and; Dr. Dani Blasco, Researcher of the Tourism Research Institute of the University of Girona (Spain), expert in tourism development and project management of the European Union.

With the aim of promoting the implementation of the projects that make up the action plan of agriculture value chains in areas of water scarcity and tourism, local authorities and representatives of the private sector and academia will explore financing schemes with local and national funds.