TORONTO, Oct. 28, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - In-depth debate around economic growth in an era of geopolitical instability continues today at the Toronto Global Forum with an impressive roster of business leaders, politicians, and dignitaries, including former U.S. Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger and the President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís.
Today's luncheon features remarks from the President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís, who will discuss the importance of foreign direct investments in his country. "We are a small nation but we have extraordinary talent and conditions that are optimal for foreign direct investments," indicated President Solís. "I wish that, as a result of my visit here, we will be able to increase even further the commercial exchanges and the trade relationships between Costa Rica and Canada. This is a process that will hopefully lead, many years from now, to Costa Rica and Canada leading many of the movements in Latin America that will bring us to higher levels of human developments."
Furthermore, in what is sure to be an engaging interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria, and on the heels of his new book World Order, former U.S. Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, will provide Toronto Global Forum's participants with unique insights into the increasingly complex global environment that governments and businesses must navigate. This will take place during the luncheon.
The morning plenary session will start with opening remarks by José Miguel Insulza, Secretary-General of the Organization of American States. Insightful discussions on the new energy landscape will follow with a panel discussion with energy experts that will include Al Monaco, President and CEO of Enbridge Inc..
The Toronto Global Forum will conclude with a discussion on infrastructure financing where speakers from across North America will discuss the cross-industry infrastructure crisis that will require increased access to capital, innovative procurement methods, and strategic investments from both the public and private sectors.
"The current global context forces us to rethink our approach to economic growth. With the latest World Trade Organization (WTO) round of negotiations going off the rails, an annual $1 trillion (USD) shortfall in global basic infrastructure spending, and expected growth of 41 per cent in energy consumption by 2035, there is much to discuss during today's plenary sessions that will focus on energy, trade and infrastructure," concluded the President and CEO of the Forum, Nicholas Rémillard.
This year's event sets the stage for next year's special edition of the Forum, which will be held in Toronto prior to the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games.
Today's Open Media Availabilities
Luis Guillermo Solís
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THE TORONTO GLOBAL FORUM
The Toronto Global Forum is a non-profit organization committed to heightening knowledge and awareness of the major issues concerning economic globalization, with a particular emphasis on the relations between the Americas and other continents. Over the years, the Toronto Global Forum has increasingly developed into a strategic platform for business development through significant opportunities for synergies between stakeholders, speakers, business delegations and attendees onsite. The Forum is held under the auspices of the International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA) which organizes annual summits bringing together Heads of States, the private sector, international organizations, politicians, global economic decision makers and civil society.
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A detailed agenda including speaker biographies is available at http://forum-americas.org/toronto/2014.
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