_ 80 political leaders, economists, intellectuals and scholars from Europe, Latin America and the United States have participated
_ Proposals to consolidate democracy, the Rule of Law and prosperity in the region have been advanced
_ The Forum has focused on three major topics: democracy, institutions and the Rule of Law; parties and political action; and economy and civil society
_ Among other personalities, Lacalle, Quiroga, Diez Canseco, Fontaine, Mayor Oreja, Cabrera and Rojas have participated
"José María Aznar, former Prime Minister of Spain and president of FAES Foundation, and Mauricio Macri, head of the Government of the autonomous city of Buenos Aires, have opened the ‘1st FAES Forum on Latin America’ in the Argentinean capital, with the participation of 80 political leaders, economic experts, intellectuals and scholars from Europe, Latin America and the United States.
Among other personalities, the Forum had the participation of Luis Alberto Lacalle, Uruguay’s former president, Jorge Quiroga, Bolivia’s former president, Raúl Díez Canseco, Peru’s former vice-president, Juan Andrés Fontaine, Chile’s former minister of Economy, Jaime Mayor Oreja, vice-president of the Popular Group in the European Parliament, Francisco Cabrera, regional minister of Economic Development of Buenos Aires and president of Pensar Foundation, Carlos Floriano, vice-secretary of Organization and Elections of the Popular Party, José Ramón García, PP’s executive secretary of International Relations, Pablo Arias, MEP for the Popular Party, the writers Álvaro Vargas Llosa and Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza, Mauricio Rojas, economic historian and Swedish former MP, Gerardo Bongiovanni, president of Libertad Foundation, Rafael Alfonzo, president of CEDICE, and Alex Chafuen, president of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation.
Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo, FAES director of the International Area, and Guillermo Hirschfeld, coordinator of the Foundation’s Program for Latin America, also attended the event.
The ‘1st FAES Forum on Latin America’, organized jointly with Pensar Foundation, has taken place within the celebrations of the 25th Anniversary of Libertad Foundation’s. Its aim was to analyse the region’s political, social and economic situation, its challenges and opportunities, and advance ideas and proposals to consolidate democracy, the Rule of Law and prosperity.
POLITICS, INSTITUTIONS AND ECONOMY
The members of the Forum, from more than 15 countries, have approached the great issues affecting Latin America around three major topics: democracy, institutions and the Rule of Law; parties and political action; and economy and civil society.
In this respect, several issues have emerged such as the necessity of building strong institutions and political parties and the importance of ideas for the construction of an alternative to the left and to populism. On the other hand, the appropriation of democratic institutions and procedures in benefit of personal power projects were reported. Furthermore, the participants have stressed the necessity of implementing policies to consolidate the middle class; the direct relationship between freedom and development, and the opportunities of a new triangular relationship between Latin America, United States and Europe.
20 institutions were represented in the ‘1st FAES Forum on Latin America’, amongst others, the Americans Heritage Foundation, Cato Institute and Atlas Economic Research Foundation; Pensar and Libertad Foundations; the CEDICE, and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation. FAES’ purpose is to provide continuity to the ‘1st FAES Forum on Latin America’ organizing a meeting in a region’s city every year.
Secretaría de Estado de Cooperación Internacional y para Iberoamérica