Focus Latin America
Wed, 2 Apr, 2014 12:00 PM — 2:00 PM
West Foyer, Executive Wing (Beehive) Parliament Buildings, Wellington
The seminar took place in Parliament’s Great Hall, and was attended by almost 100 people from different sectors. After a welcome from the Seminar’s MC Professor Roberto Rabel, Pro-Vice Chancellor International for Victoria University, Trade Minister Hon Tim Groser reported on his last visit to Chile and Colombia.
Afterwards, LANZBC Director Charles Finny presented the idea of the Latin America New Zealand Foundation to galvanise New Zealand’s relations with its neighbours to the east as Asia 2000 Foundation has transformed ties to our northern neighbours. The idea was well received by the panel of four Ambassadors of Latin America: Her Excellency Leonora Rueda Ambassador of Mexico, His Excellency Isauro Torres Negri Ambassador of Chile, His Excellency Eduardo Gradilone Ambassador of Brazil and his Excellency Fernando Escalona Ambassador of Argentina.
Professor Warwick Murray, Director of the Victoria Institute for Links with Latin America (VILLA), and our President Matthew O’Meagher also commented the benefits a Foundation would produce for New Zealand and Latin America ties.