Preparations under way for XXIII IberoAmerican Summit

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The preparations for the XXIII IberoAmerican Summit of Heads of State and Government of 22 countries have confirmed their attendance at the event that will take place from Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 at the Westin Playa Bonita, a few kilometers from Panama City.

In this new summit the heads of state will analyze “The Political, Economic, Social and Cultural Role of the IberoAmerican Community, in a New World Context,” but with a fresh point of view, pushing aside the poetic declarations that have been criticized by the country members.

Not a full house

Some analysts speculate that some heads of state will not come to the summit due to the detention of the North Korean ship with undeclared Cuban weapons, Panama’s threats of possible economic retaliation measures against Colombia and Venezuela for the problems those nations have in the Colon Free Zone and Nicaragua claiming rights over Panamanian seas.

The Summit will be used to define agreements to strengthen and deepen the cultural cooperation for the formation, training and protection of artists, promoters and technicians of the IberoAmerican cultural realm, through joint projects and a coproduction system that will allow the development of the cultural economy and the cultural industries.

King of Spain unable to attend

The King of Spain, Juan Carlos of Borbon will not attend the summit, due to a hip operation that will keep him incapacitated for the next six months. There have been rumors that his son Prince Philip will come in his place, but the Spanish Constitution does not define the heir to the throne’s duties when his father is unavailable to fulfill his diplomatic role.


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