Coordinator for Infrastructure, Plan de Consolidación Integral de la Macarena
Balancing the Central and Local
security, sanitation, communication, power generation, roads, infrastructure development
Sat Oct 17 2009
Guillermo Guevara discusses Colombia’s development efforts in the Macarena region. The program aims to improve infrastructure by developing roads, power generation projects, sanitation services, and communications infrastructure for mobile phones, radio and television. The project depends on funding from the government, the military and international organizations. The program incorporates relevant input from local communities in developing its goals, and support from the private sector to ensure local job creation and local participation in development projects. Guevara also discusses obstacles to development, including a sometimes precarious security situation, budgetary constraints, and lack of cooperation from regional governments.
At the time of the interview, Guillermo Guevara was coordinator for infrastructure for the Plan de Consolidación Integral de la Macarena (Plan for the Integrated Consolidation of the Macarena), a position that he had held since May 2008. Prior to that, he spent about 10 years supervising construction and civil works, especially in remote areas of Colombia. He also worked at the American embassy in Colombia.