Colombia Post-Uribe: Predicting the Impact on Business

by admin on June 13, 2010

Friday, June 25 / 8-9:30 a.m. Hyatt Regency Coral Gables 50 Alhambra Plaza, Coral Gables

With an election run-off on June 20th in Colombia between Juan Manuel Santos, a former Colombian defense minister (and strong ally of the current pro-Washington, security-conscious Álvaro Uribe), and Green Party candidate Antanas Mockus, a former mayor of Bogota known for his antics and anti-traditional approach to politics, WorldCity is taking a look at what the election outcome might mean to South Florida’s multinational community. Polling quite high before the first round election, Mr. Mockus’s popularity had lead some to see a shift in priority away from security — which has helped create jobs and a more stable nation over the last eight years — to a more transparent environment. Yet as it turned out, Mr. Santos captured 46.6% of the votes and Mr. Mockus just 21.5%, prompting the runoff.

Joining us to discuss how the election results might change the panorama for multinationals doing business in Colombia (currently South Florida’s No. 2-ranked trading partner) is a trio of panelists including Carlos Garcia, the President of Novartis Latin America, a leading provider of healthcare products with more than 11 offices in Colombia (and himself a Colombian); Michael Diaz Jr, the Managing Director of Diaz Reus, an international law firm with a thriving practice in Colombia; and Manuel Lasaga, the president and cofounder of StratInfo, an economic and business consulting firm known for its independent analysis of Latin American economies (along with Florida and the U.S.), and of course familiar with the Colombian market.

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