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Sustainable recovery is the theme for this year's World Economic Forum Latin America.

BY CHRONICLE STAFF

As some 450 CEO's, presidents and other decisionmakers meet in Cartagena next week, the mood should be relatively good. Not only because of the beauty of the Colombian port city, a frequent host of international events, but also because the outlook for Latin America is looking better, with GDP estimates being revised upwards almost every day.

The Cartagena event is organized by the Swiss-based World Economic Forum, which each year holds a Latin American version of the more famous Davos summit. The  theme of the Cartagena meeting is  "New Partnerships for a Sustainable Recovery" and it will be co-chaired by  Luiz Fernando Furlan, Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors, BRF Brasil Foods, Brazil;. Graham Mackay, Chief Executive, SABMiller, United Kingdom; Luis Fernando Alarcón Mantilla, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Grupo Empresarial ISA, Colombia; Jorge  Londoño Saldarriaga, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bancolombia and James S. Turley, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ernst & Young, USA.

The majority of the attendees -- 70 percent -- are business leaders, with the remainder consisting of several prominent leaders from Latin America as well academics and NGO leaders.

This will be the first World Economic Forum Latin America held in Colombia. The previous four have been in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo), Mexico (Cancun) and Chile (Santiago).

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