The Trade Readiness Assistance Project for Central America focuses on human resource capacity building in three priority areas:
Activities to achieve human resource development in these areas are directed to four Levels of training and technical assistance programming:
The "Central America Democratic Governance Fund Project" is a fund of $500,000 to provide over the next three years flexible and rapid support to key, small-scale initiatives that will assist in promoting dialogue and building consensus on a regional integration agenda.
This project will work to enhance the consolidation of democracy, stability, greater transparency, responsiveness, accountability in public policy and security in Central America by better connecting citizens and civil society to institutions of governance while working toward consensus on the regional development agenda.
The key objectives for this project include:
The Regional Electrical Energy Project in the Central American Isthumus Countries (PREEICA) (in Spanish only)
The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA ) through a CAD$25 million technical assistance program is financing The Regional Electrical Energy Project in the Central American Isthmus Countries (PREEICA), which assists Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama in the practical implementation of reforms. These reforms intend to improve efficiency in the electricity sub sector, increase private sector participation, improve predictability and equity in the supply of electricity, and take advantage of the benefits resulting from regional cooperation in the exchange of electricity.
This assistance aims to re-inforce the technical capabilities of ministries, regulatory agencies, electrical market operators, electrical dispatchers, transmission companies and other entities involved in the electrical sub sector, to introduce and carry out the required sub sector reforms in each country, and to harness the benefits of regional cooperation in electricity.
The project intends to achieve the following results through the project:
CIDA will contribute up to $4.5 million to the United Nations University for Peace to provide sustainable assistance for program development. Established in 1980 in San José, Costa Rica, the University supports the development of a culture of peace worldwide. The UN University of Peace works towards the prevention, management, and resolution of conflict. CIDA is particularly interested in collaborating with the UN University of Peace on issues like protecting children, youth, and women in conflict situations. These areas of concern correspond directly to the Canadian government's human-security agenda.
CIDA will contribute up to $340,000 to the Inter-American Institute for Human Rights to support its initiative that aims to increase the sharing of information and experience between ombudsmen and human rights institutions in the Americas. This initiative will help strengthen democracy in the region, which is one of the main themes of the upcoming Third Summit of the Americas.