The Spanish Cooperation in Bolivia announced today that it will allocate an average of 25 million euros (about 28 million dollars) per year until 2021 for priority projects of water and basic sanitation, governance and defense of women's rights, as well as support in culture and heritage.
During a meeting with journalists, the coordinator of the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (Aecid) in Bolivia, Francisco Sancho, highlighted the areas that will be part of the "work plan" in the following years, considering that Bolivia "is an priority country ".
Sancho said one of the "largest" chapters will be sanitation, which covers the construction of infrastructure for drinking water systems in various Bolivian regions and will now also focus its efforts on water treatment.
"Bolivia does not have treatment plants or the ones it has are operating low and above all they have very outdated technologies," said the coordinator of the Aecid, for which he believed it necessary to promote the construction of a water treatment plant in the Altiplano. so that it is "a reference for all of Bolivia".
Another important point is linked to "addressing specific issues" in the field of governance and combating violence against women and children, mainly in crimes such as human trafficking and trafficking.
"We will continue working in the line of heritage, culture and development," said the head of the Aecid, and henceforth with the particularity of "forming cultural managers" to boost tourism in regions with potential in the South American nation.
Until 2017, the Spanish Cooperation worked on restoring and rebuilding patrimonial churches in Sucre, Potosí and the Jesuit missions in the eastern Chiquitanía, the latter considered among the best preserved in America and some of them declared a World Heritage Site.
Therefore, he considered it important to work now in those places to improve the conditions and income of families, said Sancho.
In the field of health, the priority is to maintain aid in the basic care system, while at the same time it is aimed at training specialists in basic areas such as pediatrics, internal medicine, general surgery and anesthesiology.
"Bolivia is building hospitals, but many do not have specialized human resources, this has to change," said Sancho.
He also stressed that the objective is "how to continue training human resources in Bolivia, for Bolivians and for Bolivians."
The Spanish Cooperation in Bolivia allocated more than 186 million euros (about 209 million dollars) in the period from 2011 to 2017, focused on programs of access to water and sanitation, education, food and fight against violence against women and children, among others.
Sancho affirmed that these experiences have been "renewed" now with the agreements signed on the occasion of the visit to Bolivia of the Spanish president, Pedro Sánchez, last August.