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Latin America’s 40 Top Infrastructure Projects- The Third Annual Latin American Leadership Forum; $60 Billion in Projects in a Region that Grew 5.5% in 2004


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WASHINGTON, VA -- January 21, 2005 -- The Latin American Leadership Forum - featuring the top 40 infrastructure projects in Latin America - will be held in Washington, DC on March 22nd and 23rd. The Forum will be held at the Hall of the Americas, at the Organization of American States.

Boosted by the strong international market for commodities Latin America grew by 5.5% in 2004, and is projected to grow at 4.4% in 2005. Exports increased by more than 25% across the region, lead by Chile’s more than 50% growth. The 3rd Annual Leadership Forum presents the top 40 infrastructure projects in Latin America, along with the top 10 investment programs. Total project value is $60 billion.

Projects in 8 Infrastructure Categories: The Leadership Forum focuses on the best projects in eight distinct project categories: oil & gas; ports & logistics; water and sanitation; digital infrastructure, electricity, mining & logistics, urban mass transit, and strategic infrastructure. Projects address bottlenecks to regional growth, and global competitiveness. Key examples: the Manzanillo regasification facility in Mexico (project value: $1.5 billion), the Transandean freight rail concession between Chile and Argentina (project value: $70 million), the new wastewater treatment plant in Panama City (project value: $350 million), along with 37 other new business opportunities. Key companies presenting include: Petrobras, CFE, Eletrobras, Sabesp, Pemex and other leading firms.

Speakers -A Forum for Leaders: The new Brazilian Public/Private Partnership model will be presented by its authors, as will extensions of the successful Chilean concession model - and other critical financing strategies. “The design of the Leadership Forum, and the series of events around the Forum, allows participants to create a true infrastructure marketplace - of projects, financing sources, ideas and relationships” says Norman Anderson, President and CEO of CG/LA Infrastructure. Keynote speakers include: Enrique Garcia, President of the Andean Development Corporation, Dennis Flannery, Executive Vice President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and Demian Fiocca, Vice President of BNDES in Brazil. On a yearly basis these institutions lend more than $45 billion to the region.

Forum Sponsors: Thirteen public and private entities are sponsoring the Leadership Forum - the SAS Institute Inc. is the Forum’s Platinum Sponsor; Gold sponsors include AON Corporation, Banco do Brasil, Cemex, Lacaz-Martins, MIGA (World Bank Group) Patton Boggs LLP, Taylor-Dejongh Inc. and Zenteno-Lira Mora. Additional sponsors include ExxonMobil, the Colombian Coffee Federation, and FedexKinkos. The IDB will host the Forum reception.

For more information about the Leadership Forum please contact Alex Shtogren at 202.776.0990, or ashtogren@cg-la.com. For more information please visit: www.latinamericanleadershipforum.com.



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