Asia and Latin America: Perspectives on Societal Transformation

Asia and Latin America: Perspectives on Societal Transformation

Shanghai, China, photographed on Dec. 3, 2007. (ElNegroChupy/Flickr)

Please join us for a breakfast conversation with Cristovam Buarque, Senator from Brazil, Cheng Siwei, former Vice Chairman of the National People’s Congress in China, and Rizal Ramli, Former Indonesian Minister of Finance, and Khalid Malik, Director of UNDP's Human Development Report Office. The program will be moderated by Jamie Metzl, Partner at Cranemere LLC and Senior Fellow at Asia Society. 

These eminent policy makers from Asia and Latin America will consider how coherent and mutually reinforcing social and economic policies act as enabling factors in the rapid transformation of their societies. Brazil, China, and Indonesia have all experienced extensive societal transformation during the past two decades. They have also emerged as significant players in the global arena, including the G20, and have largely weathered the global financial crisis.

Income per capita has increased significantly in each country, leading to rapid reductions in the number of people living in extreme poverty, but simultaneously, China and Indonesia are also suffering from increasing income inequalities. Meanwhile Brazil has been able to reduce disparities through job creation and social policy innovations, and in the process, strengthened human capital through increased schooling. What are the lessons to be drawn from the dramatic rise of these three countries on two continents, and can growth be sustained in a faltering global economy?

Doors: 8:15 am
Discussion: 8:30 am

* Please RSVP to Diana Choi at Asia Society to receive complimentary tickets: [email protected]

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Event Details

6 June 2012
8:30am - 10:30am

725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street), New York, NY

Free admission (registration required)