Rio de Janeiro, Apr 14 (Prensa Latina) Latin America’s World Economic Forum, which will discuss strategies to eliminate the international financial crisis’ effects on the region, is starting on Tuesday in this capital, attended by 500 delegates from 35 countries.

Forum Director Emilio Lozoya told press the preparatory meeting for the Summit of the Americas, to be attended by President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, will also tackle business opportunities in the area.

He highlighted that the meeting is being held in an important moment for Latin America, with intensive growth of the internal market. This opens a new window for opportunities in the region, especially to Brazil, he asserted.

He also asserted that this nation is in a better situation than it was decades ago to come out of the crisis, having gained strength. Stability and improvement of the economy are an opportunity for Brazilian companies to grow, within and outside of the country.

In this respect, Brazilian Export and Investment Promotion Agency Chair Alessandro Teixeira said Brazil is in the position to emerge from the international crisis, with a stronger stance and a higher political qualification.

Teixeira said this is largely due to the Brazilian credit structure, the banking and the public financing systems and the macroeconomic and tax policies implemented by the government.

Latin American Manager for the Forum Arturo Franco said that besides seeking solutions to the economic crisis, the participants will tackle other sides to the problems like poverty and unsustainable development in the region.
Franco held that with the layoffs originated by the financial situation there is a risk of moving backward in important areas.

The event’s agenda includes debates, as that of writer and Theologist Frei Beto, a representative of the struggle for human rights, and that with ex President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, who will speak about fighting drugs, together with Colombian ex President Cesar Gaviria.

The meeting’s conclusions will be presented in the 5th Summit of the Americas, to be held in Trinidad and Tobago during the coming weekend.

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