ICS Lecture: “The Socioeconomic Profile of the Colombian Caribbean”

As part of its Conferencias Caribeñas 8 lecture series for the 2011 semester, the Institute of Caribbean Studies of the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras (UPR-RP), invites the academic community and the general public to the lecture “Perfil socioeconómico del Caribe colombiano” [Socioeconomic Profile of the Colombian Caribbean] by Dr. Joaquín Viloria De La Hoz (Banco de la República-Santa Marta, Colombia). Dr. Juan Lara Fontánez (Department of Economics, School of Social Sciences, UPR-RP) will serve as commentator. The lecture will be held on Wednesday, May 24, from 1:00 to 3:00pm in Amphitheatre CRA 108 (Carmen Rivera de Alvarado Building), School of Social Sciences, Puerto Rico-Río Piedras.

Description: The Caribbean region of Colombia is composed of eight departments (La Guajira, Cesar, Magdalena, Atlantic, Bolívar, Córdoba, Sucre and the archipelago of San Andrés and Providencia), which add up to 132,288 Km2 (about 11% of the country) with 9.4 million inhabitants (21% of the national population). In the last two decades the economic growth of the Caribbean region was higher than the national average. This has allowed for a reduction of the gap between GDP per capita of the region and the rest of the country. However, if the region continues the current growth pattern (2000/2007), it will need about 19 years to double its GDP and more than 170 years to be leveled with the national GDP per capita. Therefore, it is necessary to put into place policies to reduce regional disparities to improve the competitiveness of the Caribbean region and the Colombian periphery.

This activity will be broadcast LIVE online via http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cc71. Comments and suggestions on this presentation will be very welcome at iec@uprrp.edu.

For further information, you may call Dr. Humberto García Muñiz, Director, at (787) 764-0000, extension 4212, or write to iec@uprrp.edu

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