As globalization continues to build momentum, its ability to provide economic transformation is still open to debate. However, for some countries, the impact could be negative. According to Americas Quarterly, better workers rights could stop the flow of Mexican citizens into the US with the president advocating that migration should be a choice rather than a necessity.
To explore the potential of globalization, Horasis, a global visions community, announces the 2019 Horasis Global Meeting, hosted in Cascais, Portugal, April 6-9. The discussions will be set to revolve around the theme of “Catalysing the Benefits of Globalization,” 800 leaders will gather in the fishing town of Cascais, located just 30 minutes from Lisbon Airport.
The event will feature well known Mexican leaders such as Reyes Tamez Guerra, Former Secretary of Education, Alejandro Valenzuela, Chief Executive Officer, Banco Azteca, and Cristina Rodriguez Padilla, Founding Director, Institute of Immunology, Virology and Molecular Biology.
Launched in 2016, the annual Horasis Global Meeting is a world discussion forum, offering a platform to explore and foster cooperation, impact investing and sustainable growth across the world. Convening at a historic moment in which resentment of globalization is boiling over worldwide, participants are poised to discuss means of restoring faith in the idea of an egalitarian globalization, and to devise actionable plans for ensuring that the fruits of globalization are more evenly distributed.
This year, politicians and business leaders will meet to debate and advance policies that can give rise to a more fair form of globalization, capable of nurturing and sustaining economic development globally. Over the course of the four-day event, talks and discussions will be held on topics such as sustainable development, populism, climate change, cryptocurrencies, the next financial crisis, immersive technologies, diversity in the workplace, the fourth industrial revolution, the post-truth era, halting sexual harassment, modelling sustainable migration, blockchain, and many more.
The event will gather a long list of world leaders. Among the political leaders to attend will be António Costa, Prime Minister of Portugal, Armen Sarkissian, President of Armenia, Hage G. Geingob, President of Namibia, Ilir Meta, President of Albania, Juliane Bogner-Strauß, Federal Minister for Women, Families and Youth, Austria, Guillermo Dietrich, Argentina’s Minister of Transport, and Sahar Nasr, Egypt’s Minister of Investment and International Cooperation. Joining them will be numerous CEOs and representatives of the world’s most respected corporations, including José Manuel Barroso, Chairman of Goldman Sachs International, Galia Benartzi, Co-Founder of Bancor, Deborah Wince-Smith, President, United States Council on Competitiveness, and many others.
“Horasis was founded on the principle that tackling the world’s most pressing economic, social, and political issues necessitates productive dialogue and collective collaboration,” said Frank-Jürgen Richter, Chairman of Horasis.
“Gathering key leaders and entrepreneurs at this especially pivotal moment for global politics and trade, we are both thrilled and determined to form actionable plans for sustainable growth and a more morally decent form of globalization.”
Despite the event’s good intentions, other similar events such as Davos have not run so smoothly. Attendees of the previous Davos event received criticized for traveling to the Alpine ski resort in private jets and helicopters, highlighting concerns that these leaders are out of touch and have very little concern for the environmental impact of their transport. Fortunately, Horasis will be hosted not far from the local airport, however, it is still questionable what the environmental cost will be for this large influx of people.
The 2019 Horasis Global Meeting is co-hosted by the Portuguese Government and the City of Cascais. The event will be held at the seaside resort of Cascais.
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