Ninth World Economic Forum on Latin America to Open in Panama

Convening under the theme “Opening Pathways for Shared Progress”, the World Economic Forum on Latin America, to take place on April 1-3 in Panama City, will bring together more than 600 leaders from government, industry, civil society, and academia from over 50 nations to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the region.

With the support of the Government of Panama and the Forum’s strategic and regional partners, who are the key decision-makers and include youth representatives, the meeting will focus on shaping a strategic vision for the region’s growth and development.

“Latin America has vast natural resources and important human capital,” said Marisol Argueta de Barillas, Senior Director and Head of Latin America at the World Economic Forum. “It has shown its financial resilience with sustained economic growth for the past decade, and despite complex economic perspectives, it is now open for greater investment in a host of different industries.”

The World Economic Forum on Latin America will include sessions to address the need to diversify the economies of the region, modernize its infrastructure, boost productivity and innovation, invest in human capital, update the infrastructure and improve the quality of education, build skills for the long-term development of the region, and respond to the demands of its growing middle class, such as more efficient public services and more quality jobs. The full meeting agenda is available here.

“All these topics are key challenges our region faces today. We are honored that Panama has been chosen to host this important regional event. Throughout its history, Panama has always been a path of trade and culture, and we hope that through this forum our country can become the path for progress shared by the entire region,” said Roberto Henríquez, Minister of the Presidency of the Republic of Panama.

“We are pleased to be the host country of this important event, which will feature a carefully-structured agenda focused on the great progress the Latin-American region has made in recent years,” said Kristelle Getzler, Executive Secretary of Economic Affairs and Competitiveness of the Ministry of the Presidency of the Republic of Panama. “We are proud to welcome heads of state and the most important figures in public, private, and academic sectors, as well as the civil society, and we cordially welcome you to the World Economic Forum for Latin America 2014, and to Panama.”

The co-chairs of the meeting are: Arancha González Laya, Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC), Switzerland; Stanley Motta, President, Copa Holdings, Panama; Arif M. Naqvi, Founder and Chief Executive, The Abraaj Group, United Arab Emirates; Frits D. van Paasschen, President and Chief Executive Officer, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, USA; Jorge Quijano, Administrator, Panama Canal Authority, Panama; and Sir Martin Sorrell, Chief Executive Officer, WPP, United Kingdom.

Public figures participating in the meeting include seven heads of state or government, including: Laura Chinchilla, President of Costa Rica; Juan Orlando Hernández, President of Honduras; Ricardo Martinelli, President of Panama; Atifete Jahjaga, President of the Republic of Kosovo; Otto Pérez Molina, President of Guatemala; Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago; and Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico.

Additional public figures participating in this year’s meeting are: Ana María Baiardi Quesnel, Minister for Women's Affairs of Paraguay; Esteban Bullrich, Minister of Education of the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina; Mauricio Cárdenas, Minister of Finance and Public Credit of Colombia; Luis Fernando Carrera Castro, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala; Frank De Lima, Minister of Economy and Finance of Panama; Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, Secretary of Economy of Mexico; Daniel Marteleto Godinho, Secretary of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade of Brazil; Manuel Pulgar-Vidal Otalora, Minister of Environment of Peru; Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington D.C.; Enrique García, President of CAF - Latin American Bank, Caracas and José Miguel Insulza, Secretary-General, Organization of American States (OAS), Washington D.C.

Source: Caribbean News Digital