The First Education Forum of the Pacific Alliance (PA) was held in Peru in order to reflect upon the need to join efforts for improving the quality of inclusive education and thus contribute to the productive, competitive and sustainable development of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.

More than 500 participants attended the event, including entrepreneurs, educational authorities and industry experts, who listened to the presentations of 40 internationally-renowned speakers and panelists on topics of education and competitiveness, such as Lant Pritchett, Faculty Chair of the MPA/ID Program at Harvard Kennedy School or Mauro Dell’Ambrogio, State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation of the Swiss Government.

The Forum also included presentations from Flavio Figallo, Peru’s Vice-Minister of Educational Management; Natalia Ariza, Colombia’s Vice-Minister of Higher Education; Sergio Contreras, Executive Vice-President of the Mexican Business Council for Foreign Trade, Investment and Technology (COMCE); Javier Elguea, Chancellor of Inttelmex Mexico; and Hernán Araneda, Head of the Center for Innovation in Human Capital of Fundación Chile.

The need for companies to prioritize the growth of their business and of education, by promoting a “new DNA” of human resources for development, was raised during this event. Also was the need for the public-private agenda to be directed toward the implementation of educational systems that meet the needs of the economic sector and possible measures to ease the movement of human talent within the AP, as well as other measures to strengthen secondary school education as a basis to enter into a higher education system or the workplace.


The First Education Forum of the Pacific Alliance, considered as one of the most important in the region, was organized by the Pacific Alliance Business Council, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru, PromPeru, ADEX, El Comercio newspaper and el Dorado Investments with the support of the National Competitiveness Council and Nestlé, and sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank and the Andean Development Corporation, with the University of the Pacific as academic partner.

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Lima, May 24, 2016