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Southeastern to host Colombian delegation for conference on governance

Contact: Rene Abadie


     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University will host approximately 24 government and business leaders from the Republic of Colombia April 11-14.
     Sponsored by the university’s Hispanic Business Institute in the College of Business, the program is being offered in alliance with the Colombian Regional Agency for Development. Theme of the program is “Government and Governance in the XX! Century,” and topics include managerial strategies in political campaigning, management of disasters and emergency situations, and other areas.
     Aristides Baraya, director of the Hispanic Business Institute, said participants will have the opportunity to meet and interact with a number of leaders in Louisiana government as well as area business leaders.
     Baraya said the Colombian government and Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler and his office played key roles in helping to organize and develop the program.
     “The Secretary of State’s Office has been an invaluable asset in helping us get this program together,” he said.
     The four-day program will be conducted in New Orleans on Monday and Tuesday, at the old State Capitol in Baton Rouge on Wednesday, and on the Southeastern campus in Hammond on Thursday.
     Among the speakers at the conference are Lt. Gen. Russel Honore (retired); David Doss of Sen. David Vitter’s office; Justin Crossie of Rep. Steve Scalise’s office; Andrew D. Kopplin, New Orleans deputy mayor and chief administrative officer; Pat Santos, deputy director of emergency management of the Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness; neuro-lingustics expert Carolina Ramirez; Tom McHugh, executive director of the Louisiana Municipal Association; Felipe Martinez of the Office of Louisiana Economic Development; Gloria Arias , Colombian Deputy Attorney general, Jeronimo Uribe, president of Ecoeficiencia-Colombia and the son of former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.


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