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Benin, Bhutan and Costa Rica – cooperating across continents

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The potential fTheCourier-2011-23-Coveror South-South cooperation took centre stage at a public meeting at the European Parliament on 31 May on the theme of: ‘Organising Inclusive Ownership – The EU's Structured Dialogue to strengthen cooperation with Non State Actors in the South’.

Cooperation between Benin, Bhutan and Costa Rican was first put in motion by the Dutch government in 2005/2006. this now independently run venture was highlighted as a solid example of South-South cooperation to be replicated elsewhere. Meeting particiants included Costa Rica’s Foreign Minister, René Castro-Salazar, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and representatives from the European Commission and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

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