Aznar and Santos Launch in Colombia the FAES Strategic Report on Latin America First FAES Campus Colombia

26/06/2012

In the context of the first FAES Campus Colombia, at the Universidad Sergio Arboleda of Bogotá

Aznar and Santos Launch in Colombia the FAES Strategic Report on Latin America

"The cooperation of those of us who defend common principles is crucial to face the challenges of the future"

In his opinion, development can be reached by strengthening institutions and legal certainty

The former Prime Minister of Spain and president of FAES Foundation José María Aznar, and the president of the Republic of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, have launched the FAES strategic report "Latin America. An Agenda for Freedom 2012" in Bogota. During the event, Aznar underlined how important it is for like-minded parties in Latin America to join around their common ideas of democracy and freedom, and pointed out that "The cooperation of those of us who defend common values and principles is crucial to face the major challenges of the future and the current times".

In the same way, Aznar has contrasted structural reforms and openness against populism and demagogy, to which he referred as "endemic threats before which one should never lower the guard". In this line, he declared that development can be reached by strengthening institutions and legal certainty, "the foundations for institutional relations" and without which "there can never be economic confidence or political cooperation", he said.

The presentation, which also had as speaker the secretary-general of FAES, Javier Zarzalejos, and the rector of the Sergio Arboleda University in Bogot?, Rodrigo Noguera, took place in the context of the first FAES Campus Colombia, which will develop until Tuesday, June 26, with the title "Institutionalism and Prosperity: Strong State, Rule of Law". The sessions have hosted as speakers the former president of Colombia, Belisario Betancur; the presidents of the Christian Democrat Organization of America, ODCA, and the Union of Latin American Parties, UPLA, Jorge Ocejo and Jovino Novoa, respectively.; and Colombia"s former Finance Minister, Óscar Iván Zuluaga; as well as the director of FAES" department of Constitution and Institutions, Ignacio Astarloa.

After celebrating three editions of the FAES Campus Argentina, this new gathering of renowned politicians and scholars focuses on conveying ideas and arguments in favour of democracy and freedom to young Latin American leaders. With the same purpose, this year FAES will be celebrating new editions of the FAES Campus in Peru and Guatemala.

The launch in Colombia of the "FAES strategic report Latin America. An Agenda for Freedom 2012, an updated and extended edition of the report published by FAES in 2007 on the situation and future of the region, adds to those recently celebrated in Washington, Sao Paulo and Cadiz. The document promotes, at both sides of the Atlantic, the common ideas of liberal democracy, respect for individual liberties, validity of the Rule of Law, institutional strengthening and open economy. It will also be released in 2012 in other Latin American countries like Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Guatemala and Ecuador; as well as on European cities like Brussels, London and Berlin.

Furthermore, José María Aznar, during his stay in Bogotá, will also participate on Wednesday, June 27, at the Commemorative Forum for the 25 years of the Instituto de Ciencia Política-Hernán Echavarría Olózaga.