January 23, 1998
Víctor Lichtinger, Executive Director, welcomed the new Chair and assured the full support of the Secretariat. He then presented an overview of the Annual Program and Budget. In his introductory remarks he noted that a new cycle for the Commission is beginning where issues can be consolidated and substantive work undertaken. The 1998 Annual Program and Budget, as proposed, reflects this effort. However, with regard to the complex theme of Environment, Economy and Trade, the Secretariat is waiting for a decision from the Ministers before the Program can be finalized.
He then provided an update on each of the projects being proposed for 1998. His overview was followed by presentations from the Director or Program Managers providing an opportunity for
the members to interact with CEC staff involved in project delivery. It was noted that this was of great assistance to the members in the elaboration of their Advice to Council.
Head of Advisory Groups and Private Sector Engagement