Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation

Spanish Agency for International Development CooperationThe Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECI) or the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID) is a public law entity under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation through the Secretary of State for International Cooperation (SECI). It is, as established by Law 23/1998, of July 7, International Cooperation for Development, the management authority of the Spanish policy of international cooperation for development, and its object, according to the Statute of the Spanish Cooperation Agency for International Development is the promotion, management and implementation of public policies of international development cooperation aimed at combating poverty and achieving sustainable human development in developing countries, particularly those contained in the Master Plan in force every four years. The fight against poverty is the ultimate objective of Spanish policy on international cooperation for development. This is part of the external action of the state and is based on a conception of interdependence and solidarity of the international society.

The Millennium Declaration and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set an agenda and common methodology in the fight against poverty, which are the main reference for the Spanish international cooperation policy.

SOEMCO became a partner of AECID in 2008 in the implementation of the Socorro Integrated Coconut Processing Facility under the Strengthening of the Agro-Industrial Sectors in Bicol and Caraga (SAIS-BC) Project.