Former President of Bolivia Lectures at TAMIU Oct. 12
Posted: 10/6/11

IBC Keynote Speaker Series at TAMIU Presents
Former President of Bolivia Oct. 12

Jorge Fernando Quiroga Ramirez
Jorge Fernando Quiroga Ramirez,
former President of Bolivia

Jorge Fernando Quiroga Ramirez, former President of Bolivia, will lecture at Texas A&M International University Wednesday, Oct. 12 as part of the International Bank of Commerce Keynote Speaker Series: “Latin America in the Global Economy.”

The Lecture, hosted by the A. R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business’ Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade (CSHWT), is at 7:30 p.m. in the TAMIU Student Center Ballroom, room 203. It is open to the public and free of charge.

Quiroga was Bolivia’s president 2001-2002, and assumed the presidency after the resignation of Hugo Banzer. At age 41, Qurioga had been elected Vice President in 1997, the youngest vice president in the country’s history.

He maintained that Bolivia had the potential to become the vital heart of South America, but said the country’s lack of progress could be blamed on free trade in the United States and Europe and restrictive subsidies and tariffs applied to Bolivia that made it virtually impossible to export to the north.

While he ran again for President in the 2005 election as part of a new right-of-center coalition known as Social and Democratic Power, he was defeated by Evo Morales of the Movement Towards Socialism.

Quiroga is a 1981 graduate of Texas A&M University, where he earned his undergraduate degree in industrial engineering. He is the first Aggie to become a head of state. He also earned a master’s degree in business administration from Austin’s St. Edward’s University.

He has received the World Leader of Tomorrow Award from the World Economic Forum, and has served as a governor for the World Bank, Andean Development Corporation, International Finance Corporation and the International Monetary Fund.

The next IBC Keynote Speaker Series lecture will be Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. in TAMIU Student Center room 236.

It will feature Dr. Nicolas V. Montalto, president of Diversity Dynamics, LLC. Dr. Montalto’s topic will be “Meeting the Social Service Needs of Immigrants: Challenges and Opportunities.”

For additional information, contact Amy Palacios at the Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade at 326.2820, email cswht@tamiu.edu or visit freetrade.tamiu.edu.

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