Santiago, Dominican Republic—UPF’s 2019 Latin America and Caribbean Summit drew over 500 participants from 43 nations on December 14 and 15, 2019. The conference’s attendees included President Jimmy Morales of Guatemala and the former presidents of Trinidad and Tobago, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Bolivia and Haiti. Ten current and former speakers of parliaments, 30 parliamentarians, and interfaith and civil society leaders, as well as business and media leaders, also graced the conference as guests. Regional associations and their members participating in the event were Foro de Presidentes de Poderes Legislativos (FOPREL) and Central American Parliament (PARLACEN).
The two-day program began on the afternoon of December 14 at the Santiago Government Hall and was opened by Governor of Santiago Hon. Ana Maria Dominguez, who was representing Danilo Medina, president of the Dominican Republic. Other dignitaries were H.E. Maria Fernanda Flores de Aleman, First Lady of Nicaragua from 1997 to 2002, H.E Anthony Thomas Carmona, former president of Trinidad and Tobago; H.E. Lupe Rosario Serrano, former president of Ecuador; H.E. Jocelerme Privert, former president of Haiti; and H.E. Jaime Zamorra, former president of Bolivia.