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World Economic Forum On Latin America Will Meet In Chile In April 2007


President Bachelet to join 300 leaders to discuss “The Power of a Positive Regional Agenda”

Geneva, Switzerland, 14 December 2006 - The World Economic Forum, in partnership with the Government of Chile, today announced its World Economic Forum on Latin America , to be held in Santiago de Chile on 25 and 26 April 2007.

This Roundtable meeting, supported by ICARE (Instituto Chileno de Administracion Racional de Empresas), will bring together 300 top global leaders from business, politics, government, academia, civil society and the media. The gathering, taking place in Santiago de Chile, will focus on the key issues facing the region and its relationship with the wider world.

President Michelle Bachelet has already confirmed her participation to this second-ever gathering in Chile of the World Economic Forum. A number of leaders from the region are expected to join business and civil society leaders from Latin America and around the world.

Following the success of the Roundtable hosted last April in São Paulo, Brazil, the Forum will reconvene under the theme The Power of a Positive Regional Agenda.

“We are approaching the end of an election year cycle. By 2007, there will be 12 newly elected heads of government engaged in bringing positive change to Latin America. The World Economic Forum will provide a unique setting for understanding recent power shifts in the region, identifying new opportunities and drawing up economic policies to share regional development,” remarked Emilio Lozoya, the Forum’s Latin America Head. “These new governments have new ideas and have awakened expectations that will not be fulfilled without strong leadership from the business sector,” added Lozoya.

“The government of Chile is very pleased that our country was selected to host one of the most prestigious gatherings of business leaders and government officials in the world. It will be a great opportunity to discuss how to combine higher economic growth with a strong social protection network for everyone in Latin America,” said Andrés Velasco, Minister of Finance of Chile.

The Co-Chairs for the World Economic Forum on Latin America thus far are Andronico Luksic Craig, Vice-Chairman, Banco de Chile, Chile, and Zhou Zhongshu, President, China Minmetals Corporation, People’s Republic of China.

Underpinning various Interactive Sessions and Workshops discussions are several plenary sessions that have been organized for media representatives. These plenary sessions will focus on outcomes related to the following topics:

Changing Perspectives and Priorities in Latin America
Beyond the Washington Consensus: High Economic Growth and Income Distribution
Priorities for Action
Note to the media : Online media registration will open in February 2007.

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