César Fuentes: 'We are interested in seeing how Catalonia has managed, in a time of crisis, to generate resources for local innovation and development'

Peruvian civil servants debate the failings and successes of decentralization, both locally and in the State of Autonomous Regions. 

The city councils of Barcelona and Rubí, the Emergency Services of Reus, Barcelona Activa and the innovation and technology company INDRA were visited by the International Seminar on Public Governance given by the Barcelona School of Management of Pompeu Fabra University for Peru’s prestigious ESAN business school.

The seminar was attended by 16 Peruvian government officials in mid- and high-level positions, interested in seeing how local and regional decentralization has flourished in in Spain, specifically in Catalonia. “Spain, and in particular Catalonia, has extensive experience in the management of local and autonomous resources, and we want to see how the city councils have managed to generate resources for innovation and business development at the local level, even in a period of economic crisis”, said César Fuentes, a professor of Economics and Finance at ESAN.

Peru’s great challenge in the coming years is to change from a traditionally centralized state one that is more open and decentralized, based on Autonomous Regions and municipalities.  Professor Fuentes observed that Peru’s challenges lie in four main areas: public education, public heath, civil security and external security. “What we have seen, to our pleasure, is the innovative spirit of the City Councils here.  We have seen very interesting examples of public-private partnerships and have learned that the municipalities are and have been very proactive when it comes to positioning themselves as a place for investment and local development.” 

Following the visits, the attendees debated emerging models of public administration, the application of new technologies in eGovernment, policies of economic development and technological innovation... Essentially, defining the strategies of Public Intervention. The 20 year review of Catalonia has allowed the attendees to review the failings and successes when the time comes to implement them in Peru.