2011 “The 21st Century Economy: A link with future opportunities, investments and business in the next decade”

Speech made to the business community of three important Latin American economies—Peru, Brazil and Argentina—presenting a strategic perspective of the current and future status of economic, commercial and investment interaction in the world economy and identifying strategic sectors of the new economy. Special emphasis was placed on business opportunities in the energy sector through an analysis of the current characteristics of that market, the current and future structure of the mix, global energy projects and investment flows, and analysis of future trends in the sector, particularly the role of renewable energies.

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Argentina’s ambassador to Brazil. After 20 years, I have returned to the national government. Over the past decade (2006-15), my work has focused on the private sector and academia. I founded Foresight 2020 and Global Business Development Network; I served on the boards of directors and committees of businesses and NGOs in the Americas, Europe and Asia, and I was named Senior Associated Member (Saint Anthony´s College, Oxford) and Senior Fellow (Chong Yang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China) of educational institutions. Previously, I was elected twice by an international committee as the Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (1997-05, ONUDI). I was also Argentina’s Secretary of Industry and its Economic and Trade Representative in Washington DC (1993-97).


Carlos Magariños was the director general of UNIDO for two consecutive periods. He was chosen for this position in open, independent elections held among over 170 member states. During the 8 years he headed UNIDO, he managed a USD1.3 billion portfolio. The successful implementation of reforms under his leadership led to 150% growth in voluntary contributions.