LAC-EU Economic Forum 2013

ECLAC and the Paris School of Economics co-organized the LAC-EU Economic Forum 2013 with the support of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The event took place on 21 and 22 January 2013 in Santiago de Chile and was entitled “Globalization, International Trade and the Welfare State at Crossroads: Converging Views in European and Latin American countries?”

It was organized with the contribution of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Institut des Amériques and the support of the EU-LAC Foundation and CELARE. The event took place few days prior to the celebration of the I EU-CELAC Summit of Heads of State and Government.

ECLAC’s Executive Secretary, Alicia Bárcena, argued that the economic changes that have occurred in both regions during the last years have affected the type of economic and commercial relations between them. This highlights the importance of the upcoming I EU-CELAC Summit in order to analyse the type of the bi-regional relation.

The Director of the Paris School of Economics, François Bourguignon, underlined the role of the social protection policies regarding the opposed economic trends that the two regions are experiencing during the last years.

The main topics of discussion were asymmetries in economic policy responses; trade imbalances; industrial development and environmental issues; and the future of the welfare state. The participants also suggested some policy proposals.

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