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Luis Enrique García Rodríguez

Former President of the CAF - Development Bank of Latin America (1991-2017)


English, Spanish


Specific topics

Latin American Econonyeconomic growtheconomical outlookglobal economicspolitical outlook

Enrique García R, was Executive President of CAF, a regional multilateral financial institution that brings 19 countries together (17 from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal) for 25 years, between December 1991 and March 2017.Before his election as President of CAF he was the Minister of Planning and Coordination and Chief of the Economic and Social Cabinet of Bolivia (1989-1991) and Undersecretary of Planning and member of the Board of the Central Bank ( 1975-1978).

At the international level he also held professional and executive positions for 17 years at the IDB-Inter-American Development Bank (1966-1973 and 1979-1989), where he concluded his career as Treasurer of the institution, before joining the Bolivian cabinet in 1989.

He is currently President of the Council of International Relations for Latin America (RIAL), Co-Chair of the Ibero-American Productivity and Competitiveness Council (CIPYC) and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Trust for the Americas. He is also a member of the following boards and / or advisory boards: Inter-American Dialogue, Wilson Center, Institute of the Americas, Emerging Markets Forum, Carter Center, Eminent Advisory Group of the President of FIDA, Patronato Fundación Euroamérica, Canning House in London, Harvard Universities, Notre Dame Georgetown, London School of Economics (LSE), Bolivian Private University (UPB), Emerging Markets Institute in Beijing and San Ignacio de Loyola University in Peru.

In the academic field, he has been a professor at the Major Universities of San Andrés and Católica in La Paz Bolivia (1973-76). He is currently a visiting professor at the London School of Economics (LSE) and visiting professor at the University of Havana. He is also visiting fellow at the University of Oxford and Professor at the Atlantic Institute of Government.
He is a member of the Bolivian Academy of Economic Sciences and the Council of Science and Technology of the Academy of Sciences of Bolivia. He has received honorary doctorates and other degrees and recognitions from universities and academic centers at an international level.

They have been awarded high decorations by the governments of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Uruguay, Venezuela, the Sovereign Order of Malta and also by the Andean Parliament, the General Secretariat of the Community Andina, the Bolivian Senate, the Bolivian Legislative Assembly, the Argentine Senate, governorships and mayorships in Latin America. He has received awards and distinctions from public and private entities and media at an international level.

Mr. Garcia holds a bachelor's degree (BS) in Economics and Political Science and a master's degree (MA) in Economics and Finance from St. Louis University in the United States. He also has additional postgraduate studies in economic development at American University in the United States.

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