First Biofuels Congress of the Americas, ft. Al Gore, to Take Place in Buenos Aires [Update: date change]


A few weeks ago we informed about the First Biofuels Congress of the Americas, which will take place at the Alvear Palace Hotel in Buenos Aires, Argentina and will feature former U.S. Vice President Al Gore as the keynote speaker (and several political figures including former Colombia president Andres Pastrana). We bring the story back because the date changed: the event will be next May 10th and 11th, 2007. Sessions will include biofuels initiatives, sources of financing and investments, local and hemispheric project development, the government's role in developing projects, and legal framework, among others. "This Congress will be the cornerstone of a series of sub-regional conferences and exchanges during 2007 and 2008. A key goal is to focus governments, producers, NGOs, industry and corporations on viable strategies to develop biofuels throughout the Americas. We also seek to promote public-private partnerships that will result in specific investments and projects", the two organizers (an ONG called Campo en Acción and the Foundation for InterAmerican Development) announce in their website. Following encounters will be in Mexico, Colombia, Central America and Brazil. Some of the confirmed speakers are Andrés Pastrana, former Colombia president; Karen Poniachik Pollak, mining and energy Minister of Chile; Héctor Morales, U.S. Executive Director, Inter American Development Bank, among many others.
The program includes the following conferences: Global Biofuels in context and current trends, Financing and investment sources for Biofuel projects and plants, The Southern Cone & The World's most productive agricultural heartland, Prospects, Opportunities and Challenges, Trends in Legal & Regulatory Frameworks, and the Keynote Address by Al Gore, "Biofuels and the Environment". ::First Biofuels Congress of the Americas