(23 August 2006) Enrique V. Iglesias, Secretary-General of the Ibero-American Secretariat (SEGIB), will deliver a lecture entitled "The return of the State in development strategies," for the sixth version of the Raúl Prebisch Memorial Lecture Series.
The lecture will take place on Monday, 28 August 2006 at 5:00 pm in the Raúl Prebisch Conference Room at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) headquarters in Santiago, Chile(Av. Dag Hammarskjold 3477, Vitacura). José Luis Machinea, ECLAC Executive Secretary, will introduce the distinguished lecturer and deliver opening remarks.
Enrique Iglesias was appointed Secretary-General of the Ibero-American Secretariat in October 2005, following 17 years as President of the Inter American Development Bank in Washington DC. He held the post of Foreign Minister of Uruguay (1985-1988); Executive Secretary of ECLAC (1972-1985); General Secretary of the United Nations Conference on Sources of New and Renewable Energy (Nairobi, Kenya, 1982); and President of the Ministerial Meeting that launched the Uruguay Round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) in Punta del Este, Uruguay (1986). He was President of the Central Bank of Uruguay from 1967 to 1969.
Iglesias has written numerous articles and essays on diverse aspects of Latin America development, as is the author of the books Latin America at the Doorstep of the 1980s, The Energy Challenge and Development and Equity: The Challenge of the 1980s.
The Raúl Prebisch Memorial Lecture Series was established by ECLAC in 2001 to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the respected Argentine economist, who was Executive Secretary of the UN regional commission between 1950 and 1963.
Prebisch made a decisive mark on ideas and approaches to development in Latin America and the Caribbean, contributing to UN's efforts for more equitable international order. Previous speakers in the memorial lecture series include Brazilian economist Celso Furtado (2001), Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz(2002), former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso (2003), former UNCTAD Secretary-General Rubens Ricupero (2004) and Harvard University Professor of International Political Economy Dani Rodrik (2005).