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FIABCI Panama 2016. Approximately 500 real estate industry leaders from 65 countries attended the 67th International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) World Congress that took place recently in Panama City. This is the first time the event has taken place in a Latin American country.
The FIABCI World Congress in Panama gave the participants a unique perspective, focusing on the theme ‘Connecting Development for a Better World.’ Danielle Grossenbacher, FIABCI World President, explained that Panama was chosen to host the congress because of its expanding and dynamic real estate market and strong economic potential.
FIABCI, the International Real Estate Federation, is a business network of real estate professionals worldwide. FIABCI provides access and opportunity for real estate professionals interested in gaining knowledge, sharing information and conducting international business with each other. With members in 65 countries, including 100 Professional Associations, 65 Academic Institutions and 3000 individual members from all professions of the real estate sector, FIABCI is the most representative organization of the real estate industry in the world and holds special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations.
The conference theme, “Connecting Development for a Better World,” served as the basis for the program, which was filled with world-class speakers and international networking and marketing sessions. Special guests included the President of the Republic of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, and Panama’s Minister of Housing, Mario Etchelecu. There was also a unique presentation by the famous Venezuelan Kinetic Artist, Carlos Cruz-Diez, whose innovative artwork integrates sculpture with architecture.
Eric Van Hoorde, President of ACOBIR, the organizing association of the event, explained that “the organization of this global real estate congress represents an event of great significance and is an excellent opportunity for Panama, due to the fact that in recent years we have grown significantly in the global real estate sector. Thousands of people consider Panama as the ideal place to live and do business, due to its first class infrastructure and its tourist attractions which give the city a cosmopolitan ambience .”
Ivan Carlucci, President of FIABCI Panama 2016, added that this event created new business relationships with representatives of the real estate industry around the world. The goal of the event was to encourage multi-national real estate companies to establish branches here, especially with the vast opportunities generated by the opening of the Canal Expansion next month.
FIABCI Panama 2016: One of the many highlights during the Congress was the FIABCI World Prix d’Excellence Awards Gala Dinner. The FIABCI World Prix d’Excellence, considered the “Oscar” of the real estate industry, is a prestigious honor that recognizes real estate development projects that best embody excellence in all real estate disciplines involved in its creation and illustrate the FIABCI ideal of “providing society with the optimal solution to its property needs.