With the participation of leaders from the Central American region in different areas, the Fifth Citizen Convention was held. The activity was organized by Fundación Libertad y Desarrollo.
The Central American region sought to address the importance of building a Central American Economic Community. As it is the only way to achieve social and economic progress in the region.
Juan José Gutiérrez Mayorga, member of the foundation and brother of the president of the foundation, has fully supported the importance of this regional integration.
Juan José has expressed that the unity will lead to bring society together. Presidents, education spaces and businessmen made a public debate on the opportunities that this action represents within everyone’s reach.
The convention consisted of 3 discussion panels
Challenges and challenges of a region in transition.
This panel included the participation of Andrés Pastrana, president of Colombia 1998-2002; Laura Chinchilla, president of Costa Rica 2010-2014 and Moisés Naím, writer.
The members expressed their disappointment at citizens’ attitude towards democracy and politics. As well as the critical moment in which the region finds itself due to social conflict and political crises.
Commitment of all.
The second panel was attended by José María Figueres, president of Costa Rica 1994-1998; Jamil Mahuad, President of Ecuador 1998-2000; Miguel Ángel Rodríguez, president of Costa Rica 1998-2002 and Enrique Bolaños, Rector of INCAE.
Among the conclusions reached in this discussion was the need to unite the commitment of the private sector and the political class of each country to achieve a true integration that prevents all this from remaining just a dream.
Public opinion as a driver.
Finally, the last panel was made up of Luis Alberto Lacalle, President of Uruguay 1990-1995; José María Aznar, President of Spain 1996-2004; Felipe Calderón, President of Mexico 2006-2012 and Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina 2015-2019.
They showed the importance of public opinion to promote economic integration and at the same time showed that it is necessary to correctly transmit the benefits that this would bring to the entire population to be able to accelerate the process.
Listening to different opinions of such a variety of personalities is not only enriching, but also shows the genuine desire for regional development, but at the same time makes it clear that this development will be much easier to build when we work together.
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