Chile has become the second receiver of foreign direct investment in Latin America


The region of Latin America and the Caribbean received in 2012 a new record amount of foreign direct investment (FDI) of US$ 173.361 million (6.7% more than in 2011), despite the external context of sharp reduction of these global flows, reported today the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) of the United Nations.

These figures are explained by the sustained economic growth of the region, the high prices of raw materials and the high profitability of investments associated with the exploitation of natural resources, the report says foreign direct investment in Latin America and the Caribbean, 2012 presented at the headquarters of the Agency in Santiago.

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Sports Illustrated Chooses the Atacama Desert for Photo Shoot

Atacama Desert
Atacama Desert
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Thanks to its special beauty and unique features, the Atacama Desert has become a privileged witness to global events. While in 2008, the vacant north of the country was chosen as the location for the James Bond film “Quantum of Solace”, this year was the second consecutive in which the Dakar Rally crossed the dunes and arid areas that shape the driest place on the planet .

Recently, the complex and striking desert landscapes took in the sexy supermodel, who quietly moved into the area to do a private photo session, which will be seen in Sports Illustrated, the world’s best selling sports magazine. But not only that,  it will be published in the year’s most anticipated edition: the swimsuit special, the “Swimsuit Edition”.

The models who visited Chile include  Irina Shayk, Daniella Sarahyba, Julie Henderson, and Brooklyn Decker, also known for being the partner of American tennis player Andy Roddick.

For this session, they chose locations in San Pedro de Atacama and the geysers of El Tatio, both locations to be visited by the IFSA Santiago Chilean Universities Program students this semester on their program excursion to the north of Chile.

Source: thisisChile

La Vega Central of Santiago is Chosen Within the World’s Foremost Culinary Markets

Spices at Vega Central
Spices at Vega Central
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The prestigious American magazine Saveur elected La Vega Central within the 100 world’s foremost culinary markets.

“The Saveur 100” highlighted La Vega Central as the best place in the country to learn about and fall in love with the universe of Chilean food .

The publication also highlighted the diversity of recipes, ingredients, and the existence of multicultural people. The text mentions special casseroles, buns and tamales.

Undersecretary of Tourism Jacqueline Plass said that “The United States is one of the 10 markets we have defined as priorities for promoting tourism in our country abroad. During the past year, 180,000 Americans came to Chile, and grew 5% compared to 2011. Regarding foreign exchange earnings, generating a revenue of close to U.S. $ 358.4 million per year. ”

For Andrea Wolleter, General Manager of Tourism Chile, the institution responsible for planning and implementing the strategic plan for tourism promotion abroad, “work in partnership with private companies and tourism services in international markets enables us to be more effective and optimize the international promotion budget. ”

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Chilean Director Sebastián Silva Triumphs at Sundance with “Crystal Fairy”

Sebastián Silva
Sebastián Silva at Sundance Film Festival 2009
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With “Crystal Fairy”, Sebastián Silva confirmed his reputation with Sundance in 2009 after his film “La nana” won the Jury Prize in the international section and actress Catalina Saavedra received an award for her performance in the film.

“Crystal Fairy” tells the psychedelic road trip through the interior of Chile of two youths with opposite personalities.

The Independent Film Festival Sundance began on January 17th in Park City, Utah, and officially closed its doors after projecting 119 feature films, including 51 works by young directors.

Source: Sundance Film Festival 2013

Fundación Chile 21 Appears at Number 20 out of the 45 Most Important Think Tanks in the Region

Fifth Forum on Progressivism
Fundación Chile 21’s Fifth Forum on Progressivism
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Fundación Chile 21 is at number 20 in the list of the 45 most important think tanks in the region of South America and Central America, according to the study “2012 Global Go To Think Tanks Index Report”, produced by the “Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program” at the University of Pennsylvania.

The U.S.  study considered think tanks worldwide. The publication is the result of work carried out over eight months of research.

Scholars, experts, journalists, academics, intergovernmental organizations and academic institutions worldwide were involved in the process.

While other centers such as CEP and Cieplan and LYD are also integrated into this ranking, Fundación Chile 21 emphasized that “we are the only progressive Chilean think tank included”. Libertad y Desarrollo was also included in the top ranking at number 26.

Source: 2012 Global Go To Think Tanks Index Report

Uruguayan Pianist Pays Tribute to Violeta Parra in New York

Violeta Parra
Violeta Parra
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The Uruguayan pianist and conductor Pablo Zinger leads the Repertorio Español Theater stage in New York, the show “Besame Mucho”, a collection of songs composed by successful Latin American composers such as Violeta Parra and Maria Grever, and performed also by women.

With this show, Zinger, who has directed and performed with orchestras, singers and groups on five continents, returns to Repertorio Español, where between 1985 and 1997, he directed operettas and other projects.

“For over twenty years I dreamed of a show to honor Latina composers. It finally came true and I returned to the theater after 18 years,” said the pianist, who specialized in the music of Astor Piazzolla, the zarzuela and Latin American music.

“Besame Mucho” gathers the work of Violeta Parra, as well as the Puerto Rican Sylvia Rexach, the Mexican Consuelo Velasquez, the Cuban Ernestina Lecuona, and Peruvian Chabuca Granda, among others.

“People laugh and cry with the show in part because of nostalgia, but also by moving songs and lives of these women who struggled  with music in an era that was not easy,” said Zinger.

“Jurame,” by Maria Grever of Argentina, and “Gracias a la vida” of Violeta Parra, are among the 31 chosen and performed compositions by Puerto Rican pianist Brenda Feliciano, and Mexican singers Virginia Herrera and Gizelxanath and Dominican Robmariel Olea.

Zinger, 56, stressed that these composers were chosen “for the quality of music, poetry, expression and passion”, and by the determination and courage with which they “often faced societies in which they were not accepted” and that, in his opinion, “marked the path for women today. ”

The Uruguayan musician said he was “excited” by the reception given to the show to be presented in New York until June 4th.

Source: Meet in Arts

Festival of Arts in Valparaiso, Chile

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In the late ’40s, the Italian Renato Carosone became one of the most famous pop composers of the postwar, mixing swing with jazz, rock and roll, and even the mambo, revolutionizing the neapolitan song. Sixty years later, a group of Italian and Spanish musicians gives new life to the melodies. They are the Carosones, a sextet that has become popular in Europe thanks to their original versions of Tu vuo fa l’ americano o Maruzzela, and on Saturday, the 26th of January, they will convert the Osmán Pérez Freire Auditorium, of Valparaiso, in a ballroom of the 50s.

The international show is one of the highlights in the more than 70 free activities in dance, theater and music this year brought by the Third Festival of Arts of Valparaiso, organized by the Council of Culture and in 2012 brought together more 40,000 people.

The event begins on Thursday, January 24th, at 9:00pm, in the remodeled Severin Library, opposite the Simon Bolivar Plaza, with a concert by Cuban jazz pianist Aldo Lopez Gavilan, Latin Grammy nominee, with saxophonist Roberto Martinez and singer Francesca Ancarola. While on Saturday, January 26th, the Transatlantic Assembly will present, where more than 40 musicians will share the stage with artists such as Nano Stern and Chinoy, in Auditorium Guillermo Bravo.

The auditorium of Duoc UC will host dance: on Friday, January 25th, work mixed with contemporary movements and music of Amy Winehouse and Pink Floyd.

The theater will also fill several port areas with successful productions such as “Extranjero”, the latest from the Patogallina group, who will be at Cerro Mariposas on Friday January 25th; the Onirus Theatre Company takes Altazor, passenger of his destination, based on the poem by Vicente Huidobro, presented the same day in Osman Perez Frerire Auditorium, and the Patriotico Interesante company will mount “La victoria de Victor”, based on the life of singer Victor Jara, outdoors in the Plaza Echaurren on Saturday, January 26th.

The event ends on Sunday, January 27th with a “city concert”, the Spanish Llorenc Barber, renowned for developing musicals in 150 cities worldwide, who will use different urban elements for sound intervention.

Source: Santiago Times

Sundance Festival Starts with Big Stars and a Large Chilean Delegation

Sundance Film Festival 2013
Sundance Film Festival 2013
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Despite being an independent film festival, Sundance has always had a lot of stars, so this edition, in Park City, confirms: Juliane Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Amanda Seyfried, and Daniel Radcliffe are some of the stars to parade down the red carpet.

The meeting also marked an unprecedented Chilean presence with four films in the competition: “No”, “Future”, “Magic, Magic” and “Crystal Fairy”.

After clinching the Special Jury Prize in 2009 for “The Nanny”, Chilean Sebastián Silva returns to the international competition of Sundance with the road movie “Crystal Fairy” starring Michael Cera and Gaby Hoffmann . Silva also released his other film “Magic, Magic” in the Midnight category. Chilean Alicia Scherson also debuts “The Future” the story of two orphaned brothers inspired by the novella “Una novelita lumpen” by Roberto Bolaño.

Source: Santiago Times

First LAC-EU Academic Summit to be Held in Chile

View of Santiago from Cerro San Cristóbal
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Representatives from more than 200 universities and research centers in Europe and Latin America will be present at the First LAC-EU Academic Summit starting January 22nd, 2013, at the main campus of Universidad Central de Chile.

This was announced officially by the rectors of the universities that make up the Chilean Organizing Committee. “That scholars have taken the initiative to join this global gathering of leaders is very important, because it will allow us to contribute from our perspective on issues that heads of state have defined as critical for the development of our continent,” said the former Secretary of Education and representative of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Raúl Allard.

He recalled that the product of this first Academic Summit will be concrete proposals to improve higher education, research in science and technology and innovation.

Meanwhile, the rector of Universidad Central, Rafael Rosell, said that this campus “is proud to host this Summit and its worldwide academic representatives, fulfilling its mission to serve the country by contributing to the creation of public policies that help improve education for future generations. ”

For the first time, the Summit expands to incorporate similar parallel meetings of representatives of the legislative, judicial, and civil society, represented by scholars at Universidad Central and whose conclusions will be embodied in the Declaration of Santiago that 60 delegates will sign.

Source: CELAC-EU

More than 800 Business and Political Leaders Gather in Santiago in CELAC-UE Summit

CELAC-EU Business Summit 2011
CELAC-EU Business Summit 2011
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Santiago will host a large number of senior executives from Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe and much of the political leaders of the countries in these regions on January 25th and 26th. The reason: the CELAC-UE Business Summit 2013, one of the largest international events held in Chile.

This meeting is held every two years and this time will have “investments for economic growth, social inclusion and environmental sustainability” as a central theme.

In addition, part of the presidential summit between the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States and the European Union (CELAC-UE) will be held in late January in Santiago. This will allow the to meeting of authorities such as the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, and the presidents of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, Spain, Mariano Rajoy, Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, and Peru, Ollanta Humala, among several others.

“At a time when the economic and financial situation has degrees of uncertainty in the European region, Latin America and the Caribbean can… seek together to overcome the challenges of development, growth and the eradication of poverty,” says the president of the Confederation for Production and Commerce (CPC), Lorenzo Constans, one of the organizers of the summit.


The CELAC-UE Business Summit 2013 will be held January 25th and 26th at the Convention Center in Hotel W Santiago and will be inaugurated by President Sebastián Piñera and will include three main panels:

Friday, January 25th: Investment panel in environment and sustainable development, including the presidents of companies GDF Suez, Gerard Mestrallet, and Endesa Spain, Borja Prado, and the Chilean Minister of Environment, María Ignacia Benítez, among others.

Saturday, January 26th: Investment panel for development of small and medium businesses, which has, among others, the Colombian Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Sergio Diaz-Granados, executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Barcena, the secretary general of EuroChambres, Arnaldo Abruzzini and EuroChile president, Vicente Cruz.

On Saturday, January 26th, there will also be an investment Panel for human capital development, with the presidents of Telefónica Chile, Claudio Muñoz, Chile’s Mining Council, Joaquín Villarino, and Latin America Initiative of German Business, Dr. Reinhold Festge, among several others. Patricia Janiot, presenter of  CNN in Spanish will be moderating.

There will be a focus primarily on the cooperation between European and Latin American companies.

At the close of the CELAC-UE Business Summit, the German Chancellor, the presidents of Mexico, Colombia and possibly those of Brazil and Peru, the European Council (Herman Van Rompuy), the Commission (José Manuel Barroso), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB, Luis Alberto Moreno) and the organizing committee of the meeting, Rafael Guilisasti will speak.

Indeed, on Sunday, January 27th, a delegation of the organizing committee will issue a report on the findings of the business summit to the presidents, heads of state and prime ministers at the presidential summit CELAC-UE.

The realization of this multilateral business meeting also involves the auspices of Antofagasta Minerals, Banco Santander, Concha y Toro, GDF Suez, Chilean Safety Association, Caja Los Andes, Falabella, Movistar, Sigdo Koppers and Ultramar.

The European Union is the largest direct investor in Latin America and the Caribbean, the first and second cooperating partner.

Source: CELAC-UE