World Economic Forum on Latin America opens in Rio de Janeiro

13:36, April 28, 2011      

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The World Economic Forum on Latin America 2011 opened here Wednesday, focusing on economic perspectives for the region.

The theme of the forum is "Laying the Foundation for a Latin American Decade," comprised of three thematic pillars: strengthening regional and international governance, enhancing innovation and productivity for equitable growth and promoting effective partnerships for sustainable development.

More than 20 sessions will be held on Thursday and Friday, covering a wide range of subjects such as the education challenges in the region, the drug trafficking problem, the impact of global economic problems on Latin America, energy, innovation, entrepreneurship and food production.

The forum's participants hope to find new ways to boost the development of the region, which is recovering relatively well from the impact of the global financial crisis.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will attend the forum Thursday afternoon, while Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota will participate in Friday's plenary session about Latin America's role in the global governance system.

Source: Xinhua
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