FAES Celebrates the First Editions of its Campus in Central America and Peru

17/09/2012

As of Monday 17, in the city of Guatemala, and 24, in Lima FAES Celebrates the First Editions of its Campus in Central America and Peru

Aznar to launch the FAES strategic report _Latin America: An Agenda for Freedom 2012_ in Guatemala, Mexico City and Lima

Furthermore, Aznar will close the Campus in Central America with the President of Guatemala, Pérez Molina, and he will also open the Campus in Peru

Amongst the subjects to be analysed: the key to economic prosperity and social development and the international role of Latin America

FAES consolidates its Campus' model in Latin America: those of Central America and Peru can be added to the ones already celebrated in Colombia and Argentina

FAES Foundation will be celebrating, as of Monday 17, the first edition of the FAES Campus Central America & the Caribbean, which will take place in the city of Guatemala until Wednesday 19; and the FAES Campus Peru, which will be held in Lima from Monday 24, to Wednesday 26. The former Prime Minister of Spain and President of FAES Foundation, José María Aznar, will also take both these opportunities to launch the FAES strategic report  Latin America: An Agenda for Freedom 2012 in the city of Guatemala (Wednesday 19) and in Lima (Monday 24). Aznar will also travel to Mexico City, where he will launch the report at an event organised with the Mexican Council on Foreign Relation, COMEXI, considered the best think tank of the region, on Friday 21. Previously, Aznar will meet with the President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón.

FAES is organising for the first time its Campus of Central America & the Caribbean in the renowned Universidad Francisco Marroquín, in the city of Guatemala, jointly with that country's Fundación Libertad y Desarrollo. Likewise, the also prominent Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola de Lima will host the first FAES Campus Peru. Both gatherings will assemble politicians, renowned scholars and journalists. The key to economic prosperity and social development, institutions' necessary strength, the importance of ideas in politics, and the international role of Latin America are amongst the issues to be analysed. The region's FAES Campuses have consolidated themselves along 2012 as a gathering of young politicians focused on studying and analysing arguments supporting democracy and freedom.

The FAES Campus of Central America & the Caribbean and Peru can be added to the one in Colombia, held in June for the first time, and to the one in Argentina, a country which has already hosted four Campus editions. All of them follow the model developed by the Foundation in Spain in July.

Amongst other speakers, Guatemala and Lima will have the participation of FAES Secretary-General, Javier Zarzalejos; the director of the Foundation's International Department, Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo; Guatemala's Minister for Foreign AffairsHarold Caballeros; Peru's Minister of Defence, Pedro Cateriano; Peru's former presidential candidates, Luis Castañeda and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski; CATO Institute member, Jaime de Althaus; researcher Martín Santiváñez; the president of Fundación Libertad y Desarrollo of Guatemala, Dionisio Gutiérrez; the rector of Universidad Francisco Marroqu?n of Guatemala, Giancarlo Ibargüen; and the founding president of Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola of Lima, Raúl Díez Canseco.

GUATEMALA

The first edition of the FAES Campus Central America & the Caribbean will take place from September 17 to 19, at the Universidad Francisco Marroqu?n in the city of Guatemala, one of the most renowned colleges of the region (C/ Manuel F. Ayau - 6 Calle final - Zona 10), under the title 'The Rule of Law: A Pillar for a Free and Secure Region'. Jos? Mar?a Aznar will close the sessions on Wednesday 19 at 12:00 am (local time), with the President of the Republic of Guatemala, Otto P?rez Molina, and the president of that country's Fundaci?n Libertad y Desarrollo, Dionisio Guti?rrez, the institution co-organising the Campus. During this event, Aznar will launch FAES strategic report _Latin America: An Agenda for Freedom 2012_.

The Campus' sessions, open to the media, will feature five round tables analysing the importance of security as an essential requirement of freedom, institutions' necessary strength, social development through economic freedom, integration and cooperation in Central America, and the link between freedom of speech and democracy.

The opening session had as speakers the director of the Foundation's International Department, Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo, with Dionisio Gutiérrez and the rector of the Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Giancarlo Ibargüen. Amongst other speakers at the Campus are Guatemala's Minister for Foreign Affairs Harold Caballeros; the president of the Guatemala's Chamber of Journalism, Pedro Trujillo, and FAES' deputy director of international relations and the FAES coordinator of Latin American Programmes, José Herrera and Guillermo Hirschfeld, respectively.

MEXICO

Aznar will travel to Mexico City where he will launch the report _Latin America_ on Friday 21 at an event organised with the Mexican Council on Foreign Relation, COMEXI, considered the best think tank of the region according to the annual ranking of Pennsylvania University, and which comprises former ministers of foreign affairs, diplomats and businessmen. Furthermore, during his stay in Mexico, Aznar will meet with the President, Felipe Calderón. The launch of the FAES report will take place at the Mexico City's JW Marriott hotel (c/ Andr?s Bello, 29) at 2:00 pm. The launch will also be presented by COMEXI's president, Enrique Berruga, and the MP of the Partido Popular Miguel Ángel Cortés.

PERU

On the other hand, the FAES Campus Peru 'Political Stability and Freedom: Keys to Prosperity' will take place from 24 to 26 September at Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola, Lima(Av. La Fontana, 550 ?" Distrito de La Molina). Aznar will open it on Monday 24 at 12:30 pm with the Vice-President of the Republic of Peru, Marisol Espinoza Cruz, and the founding president of San Ignacio de Loyola University, Ra?l D?ez Canseco. During this opening session, Aznar will also present the FAES strategic report, _Latin America: An Agenda for Freedom 2012_.

The sessions will discuss issues such as the importance of ideas in politics, the keys to economic prosperity, political parties as a pillar of democracy, the role of Latin America in the international sphere and the challenges faced by the region.

The Campus will be closed on Wednesday 26 by Javier Zarzalejos and Raúl Díez Canseco. This Campus will have as speakers, amongst others, Peru's Minister of Defence, Pedro Cateriano; former presidential candidates Luis Castañeda and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski; Cato Instuitute member Jaime de Althaus; and researcher Martín Santiváñez, as well as José Herrera and Guillermo Hirschfeld.

"LATIN AMERICA" REPORT

The launches of the FAES strategic report _Latin America: An Agenda for Freedom 2012_ in Guatemala, Mexico City and Lima can be added to the ones taking place in Buenos Aires, "Bogotá, Washington and Cádiz.

The report is an updated and extended edition of the one published by FAES in 2007. It analyses Latin America's situation and future while promoting at both sides of the Atlantic shared ideas if liberal democracy, respect for individual freedoms, validity of the Rule of Law, institutional strengthening and open economy. It will also be launched in other Latin American countries like Chile and Ecuador; as well as in European cities like Brussels, London and Berlin.