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Loyola University New Orleans hosts international Business Association of Latin American Studies conference

Loyola press release - March 24, 1999

(New Orleans)—Loyola University New Orleans College of Business Administration host the 1999 Conference of the Business Association of Latin American Studies (BALAS), from Wednesday, April 7 - Saturday, April 10, 1999. Events are scheduled on Loyola’s main campus, 6363 St. Charles Ave., and Le Meridien Hotel, 614 Canal St.

The program’s theme is "Latin America’s New Millennium: Reaching ‘El Dorado.’" Over 400 prominent business and academic leaders from over 20 countries are gathering in New Orleans to reflect on Latin America’s recent progress, current opportunities, and challenges in the new millennium. Joseph Ganitsky, professor of international business at Loyola, is conference program chair.

The conference will contain 61 sessions, covering 12 tracks, including ethics and social responsibility, entrepreneurship, finance, human resource management, and marketing. Participants will discuss more than 200 papers and listen to the viewpoints of close to 100 panelists. These activities will enable them to identify new corporate strategies for the economic and social development of Latin America. Discussions will be lead by distinguished speakers, including Guillermo Perry, Ph.D., chief economist for Latin America at the World Bank; Ricardo Hausman, Ph.D., chief economist at the Inter-American Developmental Bank; Ricardo Leal, president of BALAS; and Angela Da Rocha, president-elect of BALAS.

Program highlights include:

Opening Plenary, Thursday, April 8, from 9 - 10:30 a.m., Loyola’s Roussel Hall in the Communications/Music Complex

Features Ricardo Hausman, chief economist of the Inter-American Development Bank since September 1994. Other speakers include BALAS President Richardo Leal and Patrick O’Brien, dean of the Loyola’s College of Business Administration.

President’s Lunch, Thursday, April 8, from noon - 2 p.m., Loyola’s St. Charles Room in Danna Center Student Activities Center

Loyola University President Bernard P. Knoth, S.J., welcomes members of BALAS to New Orleans and Loyola. As part of the event, Knoth will award certificates to past presidents of BALAS. The keynote speaker is Dr. Henry Gomez-Samper, president of Interman and professor emeritus of IESA, Caracas.

Plenary: Latin America-Louisiana Business Connection (Transportation, Tourism and Oil & Gas), Loyola’s Roussel Hall in the Communications/Music Complex

Speakers include Joseph Cocchiara, senior manager, Port of New Orleans; Mahdi Hasan, president and chief executive officer of Shell Deepwater Development Systems; Larry Collins, director of international trade and development for the state of Louisiana; Beverly Gianna, New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau; and Eugene Schreiber, managing director, World Trade Center of New Orleans.

Gala Dinner, Friday, April 9, from 7:30 - 10 p.m., Le Meridien Grand Ballroom, sponsored by Pan American Life

Guillermo Perry, keynote speaker, will refer to the poverty reduction and economic development strategies and policies in Latin America and the Caribbean. Perry directs the bank’s research agenda for Latin America and the Caribbean and over 100 professionals who analyze and advise the bank on economic policy, public sector reform, poverty reduction, and gender issues in the region.

Also at the gala, the identity of the recipients of various awards will be revealed including the prestigious Executive of the Year Award. The latter will be presented to a New Orleans business leader. Recognition also will be given to the best papers presented.

The registration fee for the conference is $310. To register, call 504-865-2101 or e-mail loyno.edu/balas99/confregister.html. Taking advantage of Loyola’s technology, the website contains a listing of all activities as well as direct access to all papers presented.

Participating media must register and attain a press pass, as security will be tight surrounding this event.

For more information about the conference and for interviews with any of the speakers or Program Chair Professor Joseph Ganitsky, call Kristen Jochem at (504) 523-3470 or Angela Anthony at (504) 861-5882.