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Agenda highlights – March 27

On the third day of activities in Medellín in conjunction with the IDB-IIC Annual Meetings, a series of seminars, loan signing ceremonies and the inauguration of Expodesarrollo 2009 will take place at the Plaza Mayor Convention Center.

9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Boosting Prosperity through Information and Technology. Panelists include Craig Barrett, Chairman of the Board of Intel Corporation; internationally renowned experts Jun Hyong Rho from Korea and Jorma Routti from Finland; and Cornell University professor Carlos Bustamante. Jane Bussey, editorial director of LatinTrade, will be the moderator.  

3:00–6:00 p.m.          
Quality of Life Beyond the Facts: How Perceptions Shape Politics. Among other panelists, former finance minister Roberto Lavagna of Argentina; Alain Touraine, research director at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales; and Moisés Naím, editor in chief of Foreign Policy magazine, will discuss the political implications of perceptions during financial crises. The debate will be moderated by Michael Reid of The Economist.

6:00–6:30 p.m.        
Opening of exhibit on Civil Coexistence and Public Safety With the participation of Colombian President Álvaro Uribe and IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno, Medellín Mayor Alonso Salazar will host the opening of an exhibit on Modelo Medellín, a program showcasing key elements of the transformation of Medellín in recent years, an experience that may inspire other cities in Latin America and the Caribbean. Location: Plazoleta next to Caja de Madera.

6:30–7:30 p.m.
Expodesarrollo 2009
Inauguration of Expodesarrollo 2009, an exhibit at the Pabellón Amarillo of the Plaza Mayor Convention Center, to highlight public/private sector cooperation for development and competitiveness. The exhibit will showcase development initiatives from Colombia, Antioquia and Medellín, including public and private sector projects and strategic alliances, many of them in partnership with the IDB and other international organizations. (

*Several loan and memorandum of understanding signing ceremonies will take place during the day. These are closed events.