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Peru Economists’ Congress Features New Silk Road and
“Bioceanic Railroad” for South America

by Gretchen Small
November 2016

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Nov. 14, 2016 (EIRNS)--The Ucayali chapter of the Economists Association of Peru, hosts of the Association's XXIII National Congress, has released a lively one-minute (Spanish language) video promoting the Congress to be held Nov. 16-19 in Pucallpa, Ucayali, whose principal topic is "The Peru-Brazil Bioceanic Train: Impact on the Economy of the Amazon Region and the Country." The train project will be "the beginning of the great dream of an economic development corridor" for the entire north and west of Peru, the video spot declares. National and international guests will speak on November 16-17, it announces, showing the poster for the keynote panel, with Schiller Institute Founder Helga Zepp-LaRouche clearly visible; the Transport Committee of the National Congress will participate on the 18th; and the Economists' Congress concludes on the 19th with a summit of the governors of Peru's Pacific Northwest departments, and an Investors Forum, with businessmen from China, Brazil, and Peru scheduled to participate.

Helga Zepp-LaRouche Keynotes the Event  

Mrs. Helga Zepp-LaRouche is delivering the keynote speech to the Congress via a recorded video presentation on the November 17 morning panel, laying out the global perspective around the New Silk Road, and she will then participate in a live Q&A session by videoconference hookup. EIR's chief correspondent in Lima, Luis Vasquez, will also speak on the morning panel, on "Economic Development Corridors and South America's Integration with the BRICS," and EIR's David Ramonet will address the congress the next day (by Google hangouts) on "The Role of Infrastructure in the Development of the Biosphere."

The Dean of the Ucayali Economists, Roberto Vela Pinedo, sent the video out to economists around the country, accompanying his answer to a debate over how to answer critics, especially from youth, who say that the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is a neoliberal outpost. Referencing Peru's hosting this year's APEC Summit, on November 18-19, where leaders of 21 nations will participate, Mr. Vela Pinedo said that "we hope that China brings us pivotal news for the country" around the Economic Development Corridor, whose main component is the Peru-Brazil Bioceanic Corridor, "the mega-project which will transform the destiny of our country, and principally the 11 regions of the Northern Route, whose essential details will be elaborated in the XXIII National Congress of the Economists of Peru." Through the project, Peru will become "a connecting port between the Asia- Pacific region and South America."