Chilean Ambassador, Arturo Fermandois, to speak at NDN on November 17th

On November 17 at 12:30pm, NDN and the New Policy Institute will host the Chilean Ambassador to the United States, Arturo Fermandois.  Ambassador Fermandois was appointed on June 21st by Chile’s new president, Sebastián Piñera, who is the country’s first center-right leader since the return to democracy.

The Latin America Policy Initiative (LAPI) is very excited about this event and we hope that you will be able to join us.  Please be sure to RSVP now.

The global spotlight has been focused on Chile these past few months, as people around the world were captivated by the heroic efforts of the Chilean government to rescue 33 miners who were trapped underground for 69 days.  The Washington Post recently highlighted Ambassador Fermandois’s exciting first few months in the Capital:

"The new ambassador, who arrived in Washington just four months ago, erected a jumbo screen outside the embassy on Massachusetts Avenue so everyone could watch the live broadcast of Chilean miners being rescued. Fermandois set up a guest book for people to write messages for the men. Quite a debut for the rookie diplomat, who left his life as a lawyer and professor of constitutional law (after stints as a Fulbright scholar and at Harvard Law School) to become ambassador. His first few weeks were packed with his country's earthquake recovery efforts, its bicentennial and a visit from new President Sebastián Piñera. Just when he expected things to slow down, news broke of the trapped miners."

But the rescue isn't the only noteworthy news coming out of Chile. In recognition of the sound fiscal leadership that has elevated Chile to be a regional economic power, the country has recently become the first South American member of the OECD group of advanced economic nations. The Ambassador will explore all of this and more at NDN.

Arturo Fermandois at NDN
Wed, Nov 17, 2010
12:30 PM, Lunch to be served
NDN Event Space
729 15th Street, NW
First Floor
Washington, DC
Live webcast will be available, but you must still RSVP