FGV coordinates 5th Latin American Think Tank Meeting, in Dominican Republic
FGV’s Latin American Center for Public Policy (CLPP) organized and participated in the 5th Latin American Think Tank Meeting held in Santo Domingo, capital of the Dominican Republic. The event was attended by more than 40 representatives from Latin American think tanks, as well as international observers.
The main topics guiding debates were related to the social and economic challenges faced by the region, particularly the low growth rate of Latin American economies, global trends affecting the region, and the upcoming election season within a scenario overwhelmed by corruption scandals and the emergence of outsiders preaching simple solutions to tackle the widespread ethics crisis across many countries in the region.
The debate also proposed to position think tanks as part of the solutions for the problems identified. This exercise considered not only what is expected from the think tanks, in practical terms, but also the main factors limiting their ability to work, such as issues related to financing, adjustment to new technologies to release studies, and innovation needs within knowledge-sharing and applied research studies.
The 5th Latin American Think Tank Meeting was held at FUNGLODE, the main think tank in the Dominican Republic. Professor Marlos Lima, executive director of FGV’s CLPP, helped organize and also participated in the event. Professor Lima is the coordinator of the Planning Committee for Latin American think tank meetings.
The initiative of hosting the Latin American think tank meetings came from the CLPP, which organized and hosted the first two editions in 2013 and 2014, kick-starting an extremely successful initiative in the region, which attracts more participants and institutions every year.