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High-Level Conference of Middle-Income Countries (MICs)

12-14 June 2013 | San José, Costa Rica

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Highlights for Friday, 14 June 2013
MICs High-Level Conference
The High-Level Conference of Middle Income Countries (MICs) convened for its final day on 14 June 2013, in San José, Costa Rica. Delegates gathered for a breakfast dialogue on the development classification of MICs, which discussed using alternate criteria for classifying MICs as opposed to the currently income-only measure. This was followed by a high-level dialogue entitled “Post-Busan Financing for Achieving Sustained Prosperity.” During the dialogue, delegates addressed: the future of development financing; whether official development assistance will be relevant; the role of South-South financial cooperation; and other potential mechanisms for development financing.

Delegates then heard a presentation on the Industrial Knowledge Bank, which is a mechanism to promote the exchange of knowledge and expertise for advancing industrial and productive capacities in Latin America and the Caribbean. During the closing session, participants heard a keynote speech from Luis Liberman, Costa Rican Vice President. They also heard addresses from: Yoriko Yasukawa, UN Resident Coordinator in Costa Rica; Sarwar Hobohm, Director for Strategic Planning, Donor Partnerships and Quality Assurance, UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO); and Enrique Castillo Barrantes, Costa Rican Minister of Foreign Affairs. The San José Declaration was adapted by acclamation.

Castillo closed the meeting at 12.33pm.
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The dais during the closing session. L-R: Sarwar Hobohm, Director for Strategic Planning, Donor Partnerships and Quality Assurance, UNIDO; Enrique Castillo Barrantes, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Costa Rica; and Yoriko Yasukawa, UN Resident Coordinator in Costa Rica.
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Breakfast Dialogue: Development Classification of Middle-Income Countries
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Silvia Hernandez, Deputy Minister of Planning, Costa Rica
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Roberto Artavia, INCAE Business School
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Esteban Pérez, UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
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Ambassador Omar A. Abou Eich, Egypt

High-Level Dialogue: Post-Busan Financing for Achieving Sustained Prosperity
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Jon Lomøy, Director, Development Cooperation Directorate, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
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Li Yong, Vice Minister of Finance, China
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Jordi Prat, Vice Minister of Investment and Public Credit, Ministry of Finance, Costa Rica
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Juan Valle, Executive Director, Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation, AMEXCID
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Edgard Bermúdez, Fundación Avina, Nicaragua
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Oh Hyun-joo (right), Senior Director, International Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea
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The delegation from Argentina during informal consultations
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José Arsenio Quintero Gómez (Cuba)

Presentation: The Industrial Knowledge Bank (IKB)
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Carlos Chanduvi, UNIDO
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Antonio Leone Duarte, Latin American and Caribbean Economic System

Closing Session and Adoption of the Declaration
Luis Liberman, Vice President of Costa Rica
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Yoriko Yasukawa, UN Resident Coordinator in Costa Rica
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Sarwar Hobohm, Donor Partnerships and Quality Assurance insert Sarwar Hobohm, Director for Strategic Planning, Donor Partnerships and Quality Assurance, UNIDO
Group photo at the closing of the Conference
Costa Rica and UNIDO sign a Cooperation Agreement to continue to promote competitiveness of small and medium enterprises and positively impact the region’s business development.
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