Colombian President will open the Innovation and Development conference

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  • Thu, 11/01/2018 - 11:09
Ivan Duque
  • CAF

On November 7 and 8, 500 global leaders will meet in Bogotá to discuss the main challenges in Latin America, to advance the construction of a comprehensive agenda on productivity and innovation to promote growth and development.

Colombian President Iván Duque along with the executive president of CAF - development bank of Latin America -, Luis Carranza, will open the debate at the CAF Conference: Productivity and Innovation for Development, to be held on November 7 and 8.

One of President Duque’s central axes of its economic development policy is productivity aimed to improve citizens’ income. He also promotes the so-called Orange Economy, with ventures associated with culture, technology and innovation. Likewise, he promotes the so-called the Pact for Colombia, based on Equity, Entrepreneurship and Legality axes.

The local panel members are the Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, José Manuel Restrepo; the mayor of Medellín, Federico Gutiérrez; chef Leonor Espinosa; the president of Corficolombiana, María Lorena Gutiérrez; the president of the Private Competitiveness Council, Rosario Córdoba; the CEO of BBVA Colombia, Óscar Cabrera, and the former finance minister and former president of Ecopetrol Juan Carlos Echeverry.

The invited international lecturers are Oscar Bazán, Executive Vice President of Planning and Economic Development of the Panama Canal Authority; Jeffrey Kratz, general manager for Latin America, Canada and the Amazon Caribbean; Kyoo Sung Noh, president of the Korea Productivity Center; Ric Gros, president of METS Ignited (Australia); Stuart Martin, president of Catapult Satellite Applications (UK); Leong Seng Loo, Chief Technology Officer of GeTS (Singapore); Dyogo de Oliveira, president of BNDES (Brazil), and Sebastián Sichel, executive vice president of CORFO (Chile).

The conference will also be attended by Jorge López Lafuente, president of Grupo Jala (Bolivia); Patricio Meller, project manager of the Studies Corporation for Latin America (CIEPLAN, Chile); Luis Marchese Montenegro, president of the National Society of Mining, Petroleum and Energy of Peru; Fernando De Fuentes, president of Anima Estudios (Mexico); Luis Felipe López-Calva, regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean of UNDP; José Manuel Salazar, regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean of the ILO, and Carlos Heeren, executive director of the UTEC (Peru), among others.

The CAF Conference: Productivity and Innovation for Development will address strategic issues such as the potential of commodities to generate competitive advantages; innovation as the engine of productivity; the logistic platforms and the digital transformation; the future of employment and the skill development; the role of cities in driving growth; the development from the creativity, and the political consensuses and the institutions in the construction of a pact for productivity.

Please, click here for further information and register for free at the Conference, which can also be seen live in the region and comment with the hashtag #ProductividadCAF


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