According to Globalization101, throughout the 1990s, Argentina was considered globalization’s model of economic success. However, due to the economy taking a negative turn, support for globalization has taken a hit. In fact, according to Yale Global, anti-globalists see Argentina’s economic collapse as a terrible example of globalization and its bankruptcy. Yet, like it or not, it appears that globalization is here to stay, and each country is facing it in their own way.
To help tackle this issue, Horasis, a global visions community, will host the 2019 Horasis Global Meeting, which will revolve around the theme of “Catalysing the Benefits of Globalization.” The event will feature high profile figures from the Latin world such as Guillermo Dietrich, Minister of Transport – Argentina, Daniel Melhem, Managing Partner, Knightsbridge Partners, Valeria Serrano, Partner, Serrano, Pecorari & Asociados.
Launched in 2016, the annual Horasis Global Meeting is a world discussion forum, offering a platform to explore and foster cooperation, impact investing and sustainable growth across the world. Convening at a historic moment in which resentment of globalization is boiling over worldwide, participants are poised to discuss means of restoring faith in the idea of an egalitarian globalization, and to devise actionable plans for ensuring that the fruits of globalization are more evenly distributed.
This year, politicians and business leaders will meet to debate and advance policies that can give rise to a more fair form of globalization, capable of nurturing and sustaining economic development globally. Over the course of the four-day event, talks and discussions will be held on topics such as sustainable development, populism, climate change, cryptocurrencies, the next financial crisis, immersive technologies, diversity in the workplace, the fourth industrial revolution, the post-truth era, halting sexual harassment, modelling sustainable migration, blockchain, and many more.
The event will gather a long list of world leaders. Among the political leaders to attend will be António Costa, Prime Minister of Portugal, Armen Sarkissian, President of Armenia, Hage G. Geingob, President of Namibia, Ilir Meta, President of Albania, Juliane Bogner-Strauß, Federal Minister for Women, Families and Youth, Austria, Guillermo Dietrich, Argentina’s Minister of Transport, and Sahar Nasr, Egypt’s Minister of Investment and International Cooperation. Joining them will be numerous CEOs and representatives of the world’s most respected corporations, including José Manuel Barroso, Chairman of Goldman Sachs International, Galia Benartzi, Co-Founder of Bancor, Deborah Wince-Smith, President, United States Council on Competitiveness, and many others.
“Horasis was founded on the principle that tackling the world’s most pressing economic, social, and political issues necessitates productive dialogue and collective collaboration,” said Frank-Jürgen Richter, Chairman of Horasis. “Gathering key leaders and entrepreneurs at this especially pivotal moment for global politics and trade, we are both thrilled and determined to form actionable plans for sustainable growth and a more morally decent form of globalization.”
It is refreshing to see an event where globalization is reviewed in an objective manner with good intentions, however, whether or not this will have an overall global impact is still to be seen. As the world battles with Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, it is clear that everyday citizens across the world are becoming angry at increasing globalization, and it may take more than a galvanization of top world leaders to push globalization in the right direction.
The 2019 Horasis Global Meeting is co-hosted by the Portuguese Government and the City of Cascais. The event will be held at the seaside resort of Cascais.
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