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The forum ‘The social challenge of Latin America’ addresses in Chile the opportunities of the region with the presence of Gabriel Boric

Latin America is facing a moment of enormous challenges in the midst of a convulsive international scenario. The region is leaving the covid pandemic behind, but its consequences in the economic field have aggravated a situation that came from before. Already in 2019, countries like Chile, Venezuela, Ecuador, Puerto Rico and Bolivia were shaken by social protests. Latin Americans demand a better quality of life, reduce poverty and inequalities and be governed by a political class clean of corruption. Forum The social challenge of Latin America. Reforms, rights and social dialogue in Chile and Latin Americaorganized by EL PAIS and the Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI), with the collaboration of Prisa Media and Ibero Americana Radio Chile, will be held this Friday in Santiago and will provide an opportunity to rethink new consensus and reforms that move the region forward.

The Chilean president, Gabriel Boric, will participate in a conversation with the director of EL PAIS, Pepa Bueno, to delve into these challenges for his country and the rest of Latin America. Boric has served six months in power and comes to this appointment after the recent rejection in the constitutional referendum held on September 4, which precipitated a change in his Cabinet. The Chilean president is part of what has been called the new axis of the Latin American left. A group in which, in addition to him, are the Colombian Gustavo Petro, the Argentine Alberto Fernandez and, with reservations, the Mexican Lopez Obrador and the Peruvian Petro Castillo. Lula could join them if he wins the next elections in Brazil, whose first round is held this Sunday. The country where all regional eyes are on these days.

The conference on Friday will be opened by the Chilean Foreign Minister and former president of the IACHR, Antonia Urrejola, the secretary general of the OEI, Mariano Jabonero, and Carlos Nunez, president of Prisa Media. Former Uruguayan President Pepe Mujica will also participate virtually to send a greeting. Former Colombian President Ernesto Samper will be in charge of giving the inaugural conference of the event under the title of The social challenge of Latin America in the post-pandemic.

The first panel will address The bases of a new social contract in Latin America. The director of EL PAIS America, Jan Martinez Ahrens, will moderate the conversation that will include the Chilean academic Cristobal Bellolio, the former Colombian minister, attorney and constituent Fernando Carrillo and Carol Proner, lawyer and member of the International Secretariat of the Brazilian Association of Jurists for Democracy (ABJD).

Other panels will discuss the Welfare State in the era of digitization, new governments and new social policies, the role of the media in the health of democracy or the search for a resilient, sustainable and innovative production system. for the next 20 years. Key personalities of this moment will participate in them, such as the Vice President of Colombia, Francia Marquez, the Chilean Minister of Education, Marco A. Avila, or the President of CAF -Development Bank of Latin America, Sergio Diaz-Granados.

The forum seeks to delve into a new perspective for the region with the aim of accompanying a growth process without leaving anyone behind to commit to a more egalitarian Latin America with greater opportunities. The Prisa Media events coincide with the new drive from EL PAIS America to reinforce its presence in the region, which already contributes half of the newspaper’s readership.

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