With the aim of providing information of interest about the Specialized and Automated Registry of Non-Governmental Organizations (REGONG; for its acronyms in spanish) in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the Vice-minister for Multilateral Issues, Daniela Rodríguez, held on Wednesday a meeting with more than 28 representatives of international NGOs and the United Nations agencies in the country.
In statements made after the meeting, the Vice-minister said that during the activity, issues such as the procedure and the importance of this system were addressed.
She specified that the NGOs have a period of 30 days, from the start of the system, to register in REGONG, for which she called on the different organizations to comply with this requirement.
“The idea of this meeting was to provide information of interest, clarify doubts, as well as provide the necessary technical support”, she said.
She clarified that the REGONG system does not replace any previously established diligence, “what it offers is to facilitate the process of another procedure; while the information provided by the NGOs helps to clarify any doubts before third institutions regarding the work carried out by these organizations in the country”.
She added that international non-governmental organizations have a place in the country only within the framework of humanitarian assistance, “particularly with regard to the humanitarian response plan promoted by the United Nations”.
As for the NGOs that do not belong to this plan, she explained that some organizations can develop humanitarian assistance tasks agreed with the Venezuelan State, and must be part of this registry.
The Vice-minister ratified the intention of the Foreign Ministry to promote transparency and the development of humanitarian aid operations in a coordinated manner with the State, as established by the United Nations.
The Special Automated Registry of Non-Governmental Organizations Not Domiciled in the country was activated last May, in order to facilitate the registry and update of foreign NGOs operating in the national territory.