Leadership forum announces $57.9 billion in infrastructure projects

The 6th Annual Latin American Leadership Forum announced the complete list of the Top 50 strategic infrastructure projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Leadership Forum will be held in Miami, from April 1-3, 2008. The projects were selected through a rigorous six-month process, and engaged governments and private developers throughout the region...

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MIAMI, FL, March 14, 2008 -- The 6th Annual Latin American Leadership Forum announced the complete list of the Top 50 strategic infrastructure projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Leadership Forum will be held in Miami, from April 1-3, 2008. The projects were selected through a rigorous six-month process, and engaged governments and private developers throughout the region.

According to Yukiko Omura, the Executive Vice President of the World Bank's critical Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), "The Leadership Forum is the key projects-focused conference in the Americas," and she went on to say that "we make extremely valuable project contacts at the Forum each year -- this is our third straight year of sponsorship, and it is one of the most effective marketing spends of our year!"

Projects from Ten Infrastructure Categories:
Project presentations are made by high-level decision-makes, including at least three ministers. Sectors (with values, and key projects) are the following:

1. Digital Infrastructure $4.2B -- Featuring a major tariff clearinghouse project integrating all of the urban mass transit systems in the city of São Paulo, Brasil;

2. Electricity Generation $13.7B -- Featuring a 535 MW combined cycle power project and 50 MW solar farm in Sonora, Mexico, sponsored by CFE;

3. Highway $2.8 B -- Featuring a $1 billion highway concession in Santiago, Chile, and a Costa Rican highway concession presented by the minister of public works;

4. New Infrastructure $1.0B -- Featuring the $500 Million Azua Bio-diesel project in the Dominican Republic, and a series of wind farm projects in Mexico;

5. Oil & Gas $15B+ - Featuring the $5 billion Camperj Petrochemical Complex in Rio de Janeiro, and other strategic projects from Petrobras, Pemex and Petrojam;

6. Ports & Logistics $3.2B - Featuring the Buenaventura port projects, including major highway and inter-modal logistics in Colombia;

7. Strategic $4 B -- Featuring the Petrobras-sponsored Cuiba to Paranagua ethanol logistics network, in Brazil;

8. Tourism $5.5 B -- Including the $2.5 billion Hatulco Bay Project in Mexico, presented by the Director General of Fonatur;

9. UMT $4.2 B -- Featuring the long-awaited bullet train between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, in preparation for the 2012 World Cup; and

10. Water & Wastewater Treatment $4.3 B -- Featuring a series of major wastewater treatment project in the Valley of Mexico

"This the first time that the project roster has exceeded $50 billion," according to Norman F. Anderson, CEO of CG/LA Infrastructure, "we attribute these large numbers to the fact that Latin America, in the fifth year of a commodities-lead expansion, is re-gaining tis confidence."

The Leadership Forum brings infrastructure projects to life for equipment sellers, technology firms, service providers, EPC firms and investors through more than 60 discrete presentations; a series of high-level keynotes; trend-spotting panel presentations (this year featuring "Success Stories from Singapore" and "The Spanish Infrastructure Model); and more than 2,500+ pre-scheduled private meetings.

The 6th Annual Latin American Leadership Forum is sponsored by leading infrastructure, finance, and equipment/technology firms worldwide, including: Platinum sponsors Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF), Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE), the Dominican Republic and Autopistas de Nordeste; Gold sponsors include: Banco do Brasil; CitiBank; Control Risks; Conduit Capital Partners; Export Development Canada (EDC); ESRI; MIGA/World Bank Group; NewLink Communications; Odebrecht; PanProjects, ProMéxico and the US Department of Energy.

To see the full agenda and participants' roster, please click on: http://www.cg-la.com/lalf6.php.

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