INFOLAC General Assembly
Port of Spain, Trinidad
14 June 2001
No. 2: INFOLAC Statute Reform
That the Regional Programme for Strengthening the Cooperation
between Networks and National Information Systems for the Development
of Latin America and the Caribbean (INFOLAC) was created in 1986
and from then, has experienced profound, qualitative and quantitative
changes in the information area, specified as the Information
That in Resolution No. 1, which was approved by this 8th Assembly,
a change in the INFOLAC goal was agreed in terms of the following:
“To drive the development of the Information Society
in Latin America and the Caribbean” and to denominate
INFOLAC now as the “Information Society Programme
for Latin America and the Caribbean (INFOLAC)”.
That it is necessary to take advantage of what the Information
Society offers in order to favor the integral development
of Latin-American and Caribbean countries.
That the changes of the goal and denomination of INFOLAC demands
a revision of the current statutes in order to adjust them to
the new situation.
To approve the STATUTES of the “Information Society Programme
for Latin America and the Caribbean” in the following manner:
is an intergovernmental forum to drive the development of the
Information Society in Latin America and the Caribbean.
has as its goal to:
Foster collaboration and exchange of knowledge
and experiences on policies, technologies, services and information
contents among countries in the Region.
· Promote the regional development and
drive integration and cultural diversity.
· Serve as a regional advising organ for
governments, UNESCO, and other international organizations related
to information area.
· Drive the development of the information
society in the Region.
· Encourage greater regional and international
cooperation in the information area.
· Primary members: represent designated organisms
such as National Focal Points by competent authorities from each
country in the information area. Such designations will communicate
with the Permanent Secretary through the UNESCO National Cooperation
· Associate members: represent countries
with which Latin American and Caribbean countries have traditionally
been linked historically, politically, economically and socially
(Spain, Portugal, United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands).
· Observers: represent regional, governmental
and non-governmental organizations linked to the information area.