INSTITUTIONAL

Argentina conceives of its foreign policy as an essential tool to preserve and defend the sovereignty and interests of the State and the rights of the people at both the regional and global level, as well as to help to expand, consolidate and disseminate a sustainable and socially inclusive economic development approach. A better quality of life for our people, equitable distribution of wealth and the advancement of social justice are the goals pursued.

International cooperation, as a component of our foreign policy, is consistent with these postulates, and thus becomes a fundamental tool in supporting the achievement of these objectives under the principle of solidarity with other peoples. Argentina’s international cooperation policy has been built on the basis of our sense of belonging to the Latin American region and to the developing world.

We share the belief that cooperation should be horizontal, with our countries partnering to work together and identify the most appropriate strategies and policies to satisfy our needs and overcome the challenges posed by our development as sovereign States.

In 2003, this policy was reinforced when our country made the strategic decision to change its foreign policy, attaching priority to a policy of regional alliances, grounded on the unity of objectives, considering South America not only as an area of interest for trade, but also as an area of strategic interest and integration of peoples, with the reestablishment and enhancement of national autonomy as an essential pillar of foreign policy, in order to reposition our country in the international arena.

Argentina’s international cooperation policy is based on these principles. It is aimed at supporting and strengthening our own and our partners’ capacities, in pursuance of national development strategies – free from conditionalities or impositions – with respect for the principle of non-intervention in domestic affairs. This is rooted in our country’s belief that solutions should arise from the path chosen by each of our peoples, and not consist of models imposed with a foreign economic and sociocultural matrix.

Argentina has therefore adopted South-South Cooperation as the philosophical foundation of its international cooperation policy. This Argentine tradition can be traced back to the decolonization process that took place in the 1960s, and to the emergence of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries and its postulates on a New International Economic Order, in the 1970s. That was the context in which South- South Cooperation began to take shape as a differentiated concept that set itself apart from the East-West conflict during the Cold War and as an alternative approach to North-South relations.

Within this framework, both the bilateral agenda as well as the one pursued at the multilateral organizations level are fundamental and, in addition complement each other. A bilateral agenda on South-South Cooperation contributes to mechanisms of political and economic integration and convergence, increasing mutual knowledge and promoting a better understanding, which in turn facilitates coordination of positions at multilateral fora.

Regional structures are necessary to move forward together, ensuring mutual benefit and development for member countries and a reduction in regional asymmetries. Along this line, progress has been made within MERCOSUR, in the context of which our region has already adopted its own international cooperation guidelines based on South-South Cooperation principles. More recently and in sync with the above, CELAC (Latin American and Caribbean Community) has embarked upon the same path by creating the Working Group on International Cooperation, which will seek to boost regional synergies, on the basis of the same principles.

The current international context has deepened changes that were already underway in international cooperation flows. The present crisis has led traditional cooperating agencies to reduce and focus their contributions on Development Aid, thus evidencing the weaknesses and inadequacies of this kind of cooperation.

Argentina believes that, far from becoming a hindrance to international cooperation, this context is a significant opportunity for our countries. South-South Cooperation –both bilateral and triangular- is consolidating its position as a pillar of international activities in the developing world. Based on the acquired expertise, the time has come to show the potential of South-South Cooperation, since it emphasizes capacity building in our States, rather than a dependency on “donated” resources.

In order to carry out its mission, in accordance with the provisions contained in the Decree 878/2008, the organizational structure of the General Directorate of International Cooperation is centred around its most important areas of work:

  • The Directorate of Bilateral Cooperation 
  • The Directorate of Multilateral Cooperation
  • The Directorate of International Cooperation Projects

To meet its objectives, DGCIN has two Institutional Support Networks: foreign policy, as reflected in the support offered to its activities by the Argentine Diplomatic Representations around the world; and domestic policy, based on the contribution made by a network of provincial Focal Points. At the same time, it is active in assisting the heads of national bodies from different sectors in devising international cooperation strategies.

AUTHORITIES

• General Directorate of International Cooperation

Tel. no.: (5411) 4819-7000 Ext.: 7268 / 8047
Direct Tel. No.: (5411) 4819-7268
Fax: (5411) 4819-7272
Address: Esmeralda 1212, Piso 12 (C1007ABR) C.A.B.A., Argentina
E-mail: dgcin@cancilleria.gob.ar

• Directorate of Bilateral Cooperation

Tel. no: (5411) 4819-7000 Ext.: 7273 / 7268 / 7280
Direct Tel. No.: (5411) 4819-8486
Fax: (5411) 4819-7272
Address: Esmeralda 1212, Piso 12 Oficina N°1204 (C1007ABR) C.A.B.A., Argentina

• Directorate of International Cooperation Projects

Tel. no: (5411) 4819-7000 Ext.: Reception Desk: 8819 / 7458 / 7435
Fax: (5411) 4819-7507
Address: Esmeralda 1212, Piso 2 Oficina 204 (C1007 ABR) C.A.B.A.
E-mail: dproy@cancilleria.gob.ar

• Directorate of Multilateral Cooperation

Tel. no: (5411) 4819-7000 Ext.: 7266 / 7460 / 7464 / 7284
Direct Tel. No.: (5411) 4819-7266
Fax: (5411) 4819-7272
Address: Esmeralda 1212, Piso 12 Oficina N°1204 (C1007ABR) C.A.B.A., Argentina