The Commission of Autonomous Governments yesterday received Andrés Mideros Mora, head of the National Secretariat for Planning and Development (Senplades) and María Caridad Vázquez of the National Council of Competencies, to analyze the state of the transfer of powers to local governments.
The debate took place within the framework of the reform of the Organic Code of Territorial Organization, Autonomy, and Decentralization (Cootad). Mideros said there are issues to be corrected and to overcome them, is necessary the joint work between the Executive and the Legislature. The objective, he added, is to deepen decentralization and deconcentration.
The official stressed that one of the main provisions of President Lenin Moreno “is to bring more power to the territories and guarantee access to basic services.” The lack of these rights, he said, has led to other consequences such as health impacts. Mideros clarified that funding is one of the main drawbacks. During these three months of government, potential sources of credit for water and irrigation infrastructure directed at local governments were identified. (I)