World Economic Forum on Latin America 2012

Regional Transformation in a New Global Context 

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 16-18 April 2012

“We would like to align different stakeholders in recognizing the region’s powerful potential, understanding its risks and finding innovative ways to respond adequately to Latin America’s current and future challenges.”  - World Economic Forum’s Senior Director, Head of Latin America, Marisol Argueta de Barillas

Latin America is notable for its stability and innovative social, agriculture and renewable energy achievements. As such, the region is providing new models to address the future course of world affairs. Mexico, in particular, has outstanding potential — with 50% of its population of 110 million aged under 27 — and attracts impressive levels of investment. Economic growth of 3.5% is projected for 2012. Development and financial resilience, food security, employment and green growth were at the top of the agenda at the G20 summit 2012, which was chaired by Mexico.

President Felipe Calderón of Mexico opened this year’s World Economic Forum on Latin America in Puerto Vallarta, on 16 April. More than 800 professionals from over 70 nations attended, including heads of state Désiré Bouterse, President of the Republic of Suriname;  Ricardo Martinelli, President of Panama;  Otto Perez Molina, President of Guatemala; and Mariano Rajoy Brey, Prime Minister of Spain.

With the full support of the Government of Mexico and the Forum’s key Strategic Partners, the World Economic Forum on Latin America convened key decision-makers from government, industry, civil society and academia. Under the theme “Regional Transformation in a New Global Context”, leaders shaped a strategic vision for the region’s growth, gained understanding of its global potential and aligned stakeholders to realize that vision.

Find out who attended this year’s meeting with our  Official Twitter List 2012.