The inaugural Latin American Forum will see an expert panel discuss this key emerging market.
Amongst those attending will be Fiona Clouder of the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Jose Ramon Perea of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Representatives of the International Labour Organisation, Anglo American and Molecular Power Systems will also be taking part in Business Opportunities in Latin America: Shifting Perspectives, an event being organised by Edinburgh students and the Latin American Society, with the full support of the University.
Students, staff and other interested parties are encouraged to attend the event on 17 May 2012, which will examine a region of the world experiencing rapid social change and economic development.
The Forum takes place as the University prepares to open its new Office of The Americas, based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and which will build upon the already strong relationships between Edinburgh and a range of institutions and companies across Central and South America.
Latin America is an area of increasing importance to the University of Edinburgh and I am delighted that we are hosting this important inaugural event. I would encourage all students and colleagues with an interest in the area to attend.
Sir Timothy O’Shea
The one-day conference, at the University of Edinburgh’s Business School, will feature a variety of interactive panel discussions, case studies and keynote speeches.
It will examine governmental policies and trends, as well as hearing testimony from individual companies on their Latin American experiences.
The Office of The Americas follows the successful establishment of similar offices in Mumbai and Beijing.
The University’s connections with Latin America are extensive and long-standing. Partnerships have been established with a range of institutions including UNAM (Mexico), Universidade de Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Universidad de Chile.
Business links are important and include collaboration with Brazil’s national energy company, Petrobras, and BG Group to improve methods of extracting oil from carbonate reservoirs in offshore fields.
Other partnerships include work to address deforestation in the Andes and Amazonian basin and efforts to tackle health problems in Venezuela using remote telehealth networks.
This article was published on May 4, 2012