Henry Samacá Prieto
Coordinator for Economic Development, Plan de Consolidación Integral de la Macarena
Reconciling Economic Policy and Institution-Building Goals, Balancing the Central and Local
capital accumulation, technical assistance, microcredit, agriculture, economic development, credit
Sat Oct 17 2009
Henry Samacá Prieto, the coordinator for economic development for Plan de Consolidación Integral de la Macarena (Plan for the Integrated Consolidation of the Macarena), discusses Colombian efforts to spur economic growth in Colombia’s six municipalities in Macarena. He begins by discussing the problems related to the growth of coca crops in Colombia, and efforts to redirect agricultural economic activity in ways that are conducive to economic growth. The first project aimed to provide in kind nutritional aid to rural families, along with assisting them in providing food through the farm. The second program aimed to assist farmers by providing them with capital in the form of equipment and agricultural raw materials. The last project provided guidance, technical assistance, microcredit, and governmental support for rural communities to economically reintegrate with the rest of Colombia. he also discusses the role of capital accumulation, livestock, credit, and training in encouraging economic development. Lastly, he discusses the role, and the shortcomings, of the Banco Agrario de Colombia (Agricultural Bank of Colombia) in allowing rural communities to achieve economic prosperity.
At the time of the interview, Henry Samacá Prieto was employed as the coordinator for economic development for Plan de Consolidación Integral de la Macarena (Plan for the Integrated Consolidation of the Macarena), in Colombia.