Queen Letizia of Spain is on a Cooperation trip to learn about the work that Spanish Cooperation develops in Paraguay in the areas of health, education, culture, and women. Letizia arrived in the South American country last night where she was received by the First Lady, Silvana López.
Spanish cooperation has been present in Paraguay for almost 30 years, with a contribution of more than 200 million euros, which makes Spain one of the country’s main donors.
In November 2020, the Spain-Paraguay Country Association Framework 2020-2023 was signed, which defines the strategic priorities for this period and has a budget estimate of 142 million euros. Various organizations are active in the country working out in the areas of health and education services, water and sanitation projects, and empowering women, and developing and supporting indigenous peoples.
Today, Letizia began her day with a brief meeting at the Technical Cooperation Office (OTC). The agenda of the meeting was a brief historical overview, current cooperation program and actors of Spanish cooperation from Paraguay and more relevant partners in charge of the general coordinator of the OTC; Zero Hunger by Sara Ruíz; Health and Social Welfare by Marta Mansilla; Education and quality by Silvia Caro and Miriam Preckler; Gender equality. Trafficking in persons by Mar Humberto, and access to drinking water and sanitation by the general coordinator of the OTC and José Francisco Manjarrés.
After the meeting, Letizia toured facilities and stood for a group photo with the OTC staff. A team of 12 Spanish and Paraguayan professionals works in the Technical Office for Cooperation that designs, plans, formulates, and monitors the development cooperation program in Paraguay. The Technical Office for Cooperation maintains a permanent dialogue with representatives of the public sector and civil society in Paraguay, which allows a continuous process of dialogue and exchange of information on strategic aspects of development policies.
The next stop on Letizia’s itinerary was Encarnación to visit the Comprehensive Health Care Center for Women. At the Comprehensive Care Center for Women, The Queen received explanations from the Hispanic-Paraguayan cooperation in the prevention and treatment of cervical and breast cancer with special attention to the most vulnerable groups (rural and indigenous population).
The group is working towards achieving an improvement in access and quality of public health mechanisms for prevention, diagnosis, awareness, and treatment. Letizia also toured the reception and consultation areas, ending her visit in the anatomy and cytodiagnostic laboratories.
Then Letizia went to the Encarnación Workshop School where she toured the restoration, cooking, and room preparation workshops, ending with a group photograph. The Encarnación Workshop School aspires to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of vulnerable young people aged 16 to 23 years of Encarnación through comprehensive training, technical training, and job placement in the tourism and construction sector.
In the afternoon, Queen Letizia was joined by the First Lady of Paraguay, Silvana López, to travel to Trinidad to visit the Jesuit missions of Trinidad del Paraná and Jesús de Tavarengue. She then visited the main square, the temple cloister, the remains of the mission of Jesús de Tavarangue where the actions of the Spanish Cooperation to improve accessibility can be observed as part of UNESCO’s Heritage Development Program.
The Jesuit Missions of Jesus and Trinidad are part of the 30 towns of the Great Jesuit Province of Paraguay. Facing the deterioration the Paraguayan government signed a cooperation agreement with AECID to address the restoration and enhancement of the Jesús de Tavarangüé Mission.
The Missions were found in 1991 to carry out both the Mission’s building rehabilitation interventions and environmental and archaeological projects, as well as the delimitation of the nearly 20-hectare site. In 1993 the two Missions were declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.
For almost 30 years, the project has helped to relaunch tourism in the area in an exponential way, improving the quality of life of the inhabitants.
Next, Queen Letizia and the First Lady came back to Asunción where she held a meeting with the Spanish Cooperation that ended the busy day.
For the day, Letizia was wearing her white Imiloa Orchid shirt in the morning with brown trousers with a red Spanish Cooperation vest.
She teamed up the look with Panama Jack Phoebe Boots.
Letizia teamed up the look with small diamond studs and her Karen Hallam ring.
Later in the day, Letizia changed into another white shirt with neutral jeans and her Panama Jack Phoebe boots. She was wearing Hugo Boss Biventi Shirt. Thanks to UFONOMORE for the id.
The $248 shirt is described as, ” A must-have blouse cut to a regular fit with a feminine drape, by BOSS Womenswear. This blouse is crafted in pure silk that has been sand-washed to give it a light texture, and features chest pockets and roll-up sleeves.” The shirt is currently available in three shades.