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Rio de Janeiro welcomes the international symposium to debate global problems

Press Release October 15, 2012

Recognized as one of the major worldwide meeting, the Global Economic Symposium (GES) will take place for the first time in Brazil, on October 16th and 17th.

Rio de Janeiro, October 15th, 2012 – Brazil gets ready in order to become the center of the worldwide economical debate in October and, for the first time in Brazil, GES 2012 will be the meeting point of international leaders of the academic and governmental sectors, and of civil and corporate societies in order to create new paths for the economy.

Organized by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), by Bertelsmann Foundation and in cooperation with FGV Foundation (FGV) and the National Economy Library of Germany – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics (ZBW), the Symposium will gather experts of various countries in order to analyze and suggest solutions for the main problems faced by the contemporary world, addressing themes such as economic crises, climate changes, food shortage and issues regarding education and jobs. In this year, the central theme will be “Growth through Education and Innovation”.

With Head Office in Kiel, in Germany, the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, one of the most currently prestigious economic centers, is responsible for the idealization of the Global Economic Symposium since 2008. The Symposium which has been consolidating itself as one major initiative for the generation of ideas is based on one unique collaboration and creativity process, which challenges participants to think ‘outside the box’ and to suggest innovative and sound solutions through debates and roundtables, so that they may serve as a catalyst for effective changes in four main thematic axles: economy, politics, society and environment.

Addressed themes – Among panel agenda on global economy we can highlight (i) the issue of central banks future and the control of their inflation goals versus financial stability, (ii) the tax consolidation through tax rules, (iii) the optimization of the use of information by means of the internet and social media, (iv) the effective investments and improvements in the education field and the (v) redefinition of universities.

In global society the following subjects will be discussed: (i) formulation of smart politics of manpower migration, (ii) fighting the inequality of opportunities, (iii) social behavior for one sustainable economy, (iv) how to attack the unemployment problem among young people and the (v) expansion of job opportunities for senior citizens, as well as (vi) implementing diversity in councils.

On the global politics panel, important debates will take place on (i) slums, addressing in innovative manner the challenges issue and global opportunities established in this familiarity and social organization format; there will be also a debate on (ii) the safety towards globalization and (iii) how to promote open government initiatives in public services.

Global environment will have topics such as the (i) protection and the reforestation around the world, (ii) exploration of energy resources of the Arctic Ocean, (iii) reappraisal of renewable energies and the (iv) promotion of nourishment safety by means of the climatically smart agriculture contribution.

Roundtables and plenary sessions – among the themes of debate table there are discussions on the network potential focused on business for the sustainable development, international agency of non-profit credit ratings for sovereign risk, projects of education, innovation and media, social inclusion policies and challenges upon the accomplishment of great events. The main plenary sessions will be on the new approaches for economic challenges and growth through education and innovation – GES 2012 central theme.

Among the Brazilian speaker and guests for GES 2012 there will be Ministers Aloizio Mercadante (Education), and Jorge Hage (General Comptroller Office); Governors Sergio Cabral (Rio de Janeiro), and Tarso Genro (Rio Grande do Sul); Secretaries Andrea Calabi (SP State treasury), Claudia Costin (RJ Municipality Education), José Beltrame (RJ State Public Safety), and Márcio Holland (Economic Policy, Ministry of Treasury). Also participate FGV’s President Carlos Ivan Simonsen Leal, Roberto Rodrigues (former Minister of Agriculture and coordinator of GVAgro), Cesar Cunha Campos (FGV Projetos’ director), Carlos Langoni (former president of Brazilian Central Bank and director of the FGV Worldwide Economy Center), Yoshiaki Nakano (Dean EESP-FGV), Marcelo Neri (IPEA’s president), Mario Monzoni (GVces Coordinator), Márcio Guimarães (RJ State Prosecutor and Professor of Direito Rio-FGV), Fernando Blumenschein (FGV Projetos’ economist and Project Coordinator), among others.

Some of the international experts already confirmed their presence: Dennis Snower (president of the Kiel Institute), László Andor (European Commission), Yves Leterme (deputy general secretary of OECD), Aart de Geus (Chairman of Bertelsmann), Annette Heuse (Bertelsmann), Shai Reshef (president of the University of People), Shumeet Banerji (Booz & Company partner), Robert Phillips (president and CEO of EMEA Edelman), Irene Natividad (president of the Global Women’s Summit), Aolin Liu (Chief Executive Officer of China Internacional Capital Corporation), Misha Glenny (journalist and writer), Laura Thompson (deputy general director of OIM), Ruth Davis (Greenpeace), Horacio Werner (emerging countries director of Cisco Systems), Roberto S. Waack (Forest Stewardship Council), Richard Evans (CEO Alcan Inc and Rio Tinto Alcan).

Kiel Institute for the World Economy

Kiel Institute for the World Economy, founded in 1914 in Kiel, in Germany, is one of the largest worldwide centers of research on worldwide economy, responsible for creating global solutions for urgent problems, developing and applying researches and studies on the worldwide economic relations, economic and educational policies. The Institution relies on a team of international experts, whose researches are in tune with the studies and activities that it develops. In addition, it has the largest worldwide library in economy and social sciences, which grants huge importance in the economic education.

FGV Foundation in GES

The role of FGV in GES has been achieving relevancy since 2010, when it was invited to take part in the organization of panels and debate session gathering leaders of the academic, governmental and corporate sectors with international acknowledgment on the addressed themes. In 2010, FGV organized sessions on energy and education and, in 2011, bringing Brazilian experience in the agribusiness and oil industry.

In this year, by means of this important partnership, FGV will be GES’s organizer in Brazil. FGV will have special participation on debate panels and in major addressed themes, bringing the experience of their academics, experts and projects, as well as important Brazilian authorities.

Global Economic Symposium - GES 2012

Days: 10/16 and 17, 2012 Location: Windsor Atlantica Hotel (Avenida Atlântica, 1020 – Copacabana) - Rio de Janeiro - Brasil

“The Global Economic Symposium (GES) 2012 is being jointly organized by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung, in cooperation with the German National Library of Economics – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics (ZBW) and in collaboration with the Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV).

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