Latin American Day 2016 Held in Hamburg
Leading event in German-Latin American business relations takes place, organised by Lateinamerika Verein e.V.October 19th, 2016
The Lateinamerika Verein e.V. (LAV), which was founded in 1916 by merchants from Hamburg and Bremen, is the main networking and information platform for German companies that have a business interest in Latin America. The LAV organises around 50 events every year in collaboration with embassies, public institutions and other expert associations.
On 13th and 14th October, a major event in German-Latin American business relations, known as the Latin American Day, will be hosted by the LAV in Hamburg.
This year, the 67th Latin American Day will take place in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce in Hamburg under the patronage of Mr. Olaf Scholz, First Mayor of Hamburg.
Recently, Latin America has been facing new cultural, social, economic and political challenges. International specialists will discuss how the region is adapting to these new developments. During the first day, the conference will focus on the actual economic potential of Mexico.
This year is also the official year of German-Mexican culture: both countries have agreed to organise a special year in 2016/17 in which each country will put effort into showcasing the other, in order to foster a greater understanding of the culture.
This joint collaboration includes various activities in the fields of tourism, education, art and creative industries.
Meanwhile, the second day will be dedicated to the analysis of the numerous changes and improvements that Latin America has made during these years. Latin America is not the same as it was at the beginning of the millennium, but 31% of population is still living in poverty. For example, the high level of crime in Mexico and Brazil has always been a barrier to economic development and poverty reduction.
On 14th October, the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, will participate as a speaker at the Gala Dinner that will be held in Hamburg Town Hall.