Leaders Confirm Attendance at Ibero-American Summit

Asuncion, Oct 18. -At least 14 presidents from Ibero-America have confirmed their attendance at the 21th Summit of Heads of State and Government to be held in Paraguay on October 28-29, an official source confirmed.

The National Coordinator of the Summit, Bernardino Hugo Saguier, told journalists that among the presidents who have confirmed participation in the summit are Felipe Calderon (Mexico), Evo Morales (Bolivia), Jose Mujica (Uruguay), Sebastian Pinera (Chile), Porfirio Lobo (Honduras), Rafael Correa (Ecuador), Ollanta Humala (Peru), Leonel Fernandez (Dominican Republic), Alvaro Colom (Guatemala), Juan Manuel Santos (Colombia), Ricardo Martinelli (Panama), and the head of Government of Andorra, Antonio Marti.

The King and Queen of Spain, Juan Carlos and Sofia, and the head of the Spanish Government, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, have also confirmed their attendance at the annual meeting, as well as Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco.

Other officials who will attend the summit are the chairman of the Inter-American Development Bank, Luis Alberto Moreno, and the head of the Andean Development Corporation, Enrique Garcia, as well as the executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, Alicia Barcena, on behalf of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Jose Miguel Insulza, among others.

Under the slogan "State Transformation and Development," the inauguration of the summit is scheduled for October 28 at 19:00, local time, in the theatre of the Central Bank of Paraguay, in the presence of Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo and other world figures. (Prensa Latina)