The Ministry of the General Secretariat of the Presidency and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 16 December, 2014. The MOU will set forth the basis and mechanisms for cooperation in plans, research projects, training, technical assistance and support to democracy, through academic and institutional activities.
International IDEA is an inter-governmental organization with headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, and in this opportunity it was represented by Daniel Zovatto, Ph.D., Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean of International IDEA. On behalf of the Ministry, the Memorandum was signed by Minister Ximena Rincón.
The areas of cooperation will be institutional development and strengthening, electoral issues and processes that promote consolidation of democracy; transparency and efficiency of electoral processes; political parties; justice in electoral campaigns: financing, oversight and access to the media; gender equity, and access to political participation by women in electoral processes.