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ACEC linked to Latin America

ACEC is a member of the Federacion Panamericana de Consultores (FEPAC), an organization representing the business interests of the consulting industry in the Americas. FEPAC was originally founded as ...


ACEC is a member of the Federacion Panamericana de Consultores (FEPAC), an organization representing the business interests of the consulting industry in the Americas. FEPAC was originally founded as FELAC in 1971, representing membership from only the Latin American countries. In 1993, its mandate was expanded to include Canada and the United States and it was renamed FEPAC. The current members of FEPAC are Canada, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, the United States and Venezuela. Spain is an affiliate member.

As a result of its most recent General Assembly held in Lima, Peru in August 1999, FEPAC is undertaking several important initiatives intended to promote and expand consulting opportunities for members. These include:

— Preparation of a guide to the development of strategic alliances, associations and consortia;

— Preparation of a guide for the selection and contracting of consultants;

— Identification of new and emerging markets;

— Assistance to members in strengthening relationships with government agencies and development banks;

— Promotion of export as an important component of national economies; and

— Lobbying against unfair competition from non-governmental organizations.

ACEC is providing input and assistance to these efforts, as well as to related programs addressing professional liability insurance, standard forms of contract and quality assurance. The intention is to expand and facilitate business opportunities for ACEC member firms in the Americas.

FEPAC’s web site can be accessed at http://www.ibpinet.com.br/fepac Further information regarding FEPAC’s activities can be obtained by contacting either ACEC or ACEC’s representative to FEPAC, Bob Lorimer at mailto: lorimer@yknet.yk.ca

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