GFDD/Funglode Signs Cooperation Agreement with Inter-American Defense Board

May 15, 2015

The agreement aims to encourage an exchange of information, publications, books, documents, research papers, and experiences between the two organizations.

GFDD/Funglode signed a cooperation agreement with the Inter-American Defense Board (IADB), the oldest regional military defense organization in world.

The agreement was signed by former Dominican President and current Funglode President, Leonel Fernandez, and Vice
Admiral Bento Costa Lima Leite de Alburquerque Junior, in his capacity as Director General of the Secretariat of the Inter-American Defense Board.

Others participating in the signing, held on Friday May 15, included Funglode Executive Director Marco Herrera; Josefina Reynoso, Director of the Center for Security and Defense Studies (CESEDE); and Naval Captain Javier Antúnez, chief of IADB’s Analysis Division.

Funglode, through CESEDE and the IADB, will contribute to stimulating technical cooperation in sectors that will be established by both institutions within the framework of their respective competences.

The agreement will result in the exchange of information, publications, books, documents, research papers, and experience, inherent in their activities and related to themes
developed by both institutions.

The following Major Generals attended the signing ceremony: Luis Aníbal Rivera Jiménez, Pedro Rafael Peña Antonio, Luis Luna Paulino, Rafael Guillermo Guzmán Fermín, Zenón Padilla, Aquino García, Jáquez López (Ret), Leonor Asilis, and Brigadier General, Francisco Ovalle Pichardo.

The IADB is the oldest military and defense organization in the world, created in 1942. In 2006, it was officially established as part of the
Organization of American States.

An international forum comprised of civilian and military representatives designated by Member States, the IADB provides technical, consultative and educational advice on military and defense issues throughout the hemisphere.

Former President Fernández and Vice Admiral Leite de Alburquerque exchanged ideas and impressions at the meeting. They expressed satisfaction that their institutions are creating close ties and will
be assuming joint tasks to promote regional public policies.