A more inclusive economic development has to be a priority for Latin America, as businessmen, policy makers and academics gathered at the United Nations stressed on Monday to analyze the situation in the region, a situation marked by recent protests.
This social unrest was the backdrop for the fourth edition of the "Latino Impact Summit", a forum that seeks to discuss solutions to the challenges and opportunities of growth in the continent and foster alliances between different actors.
"Latin America is going to be the fastest growing region in the world this year. There is a connection between people on the streets and data," said Chantal Line Carpentier, director of the New York office of the United Nations Conference on Trade and development.
Carpentier stressed that protests in different countries have common explanations, which include poor economic conditions, high levels of inequality or the dwindling middle class and show a clear discontent on the part of many people.
"The good news is that there is a lot of potential in the region. Latin America used to be one of the world's fastest growing regions due to the wealth of natural resources and human capital and there is absolutely no reason why it cannot return to those days, "he stressed.
That message of optimism was a general trend of the day, which insisted that the answer goes through a more inclusive development that addresses inequality and facilitates more dynamic economies.
The problem of the lack of equity was recognized, for example, by the Panamanian Minister of Tourism, Iván Eskildsen, who recalled that the wealth that his country has achieved thanks to its privileged geostrategic position has ended up concentrating on certain areas and sectors.
"We have a debt in these elements of inclusion," said Eskilden, who stressed the need to ensure that all populations can benefit from that great "wealth of wealth" in the country.
"I feel that all of Latin America needs to be heard and needs to work together. And I feel that businessmen are a fundamental pillar in this request for greater equity, greater inclusion, greater development," said Sylvia Escobar, the president of the Colombian company. of fuel distribution Terpel.
The discussions focused, in large part, on the so-called 2030 Agenda, the great UN strategy against poverty and to protect the environment that replaced the Millennium Goals.
For the president of the Colombian Stock Exchange, Juan Pablo Córdoba, the "what" should be achieved in terms of development is clear, but it is necessary to work more on the "how", because a message has been released that the objectives They are easy to achieve and "that is not so."
In that sense, Damián Valenzuela, president of Latin America Invest, warned that the region is probably not going to meet the goals set for 2030, but stressed that, in this area, "the road is more important than the purpose."
The need for an education that responds to the labor market of the future, to adequately manage the consequences of migration – especially the Venezuelan crisis – and to advance in gender equality were some of the aspects that were discussed in the different panels in the that this "Latino Impact Summit" was structured.
The day also paid special attention to Colombia, the "focus country" of this edition, with a debate in which the president of Procolombia, Flavia Santoro, underlined the commitment to tourism and foreign investment that the Government is making by Iván Duque.
Also in the discussion was the singer Carlos Vives, who this year was awarded the Latino Impact Prize for the work of his foundation After the Pearl, created by the artist to promote the sustainable development of his hometown, the Colombian town of Santa Martha.
The "Latino Impact Summit" is organized by the Latino Impact Alliance, an initiative to promote partnerships for growth and sustainable development in the Americas created by the PVBLIC Foundation and the Ismael Cala Foundation.
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