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At the end of Foro Latinoamericano Buenos Aires that took place on Friday 25th of February, with journalist Fernando Laborda as guest speaker, there was a toast to cellebrate the eight anniversary of Centro para la Apertura y el Desarrollo de América Latina. The creation of CADAL, in February 2003, took into account the political, institutional and economical crises in Latin America , their regional impact, and the future challenges regarding civic, political and economic liberties. On this regard, CADAL appeared to occupy a space in the region promoting pro-democracy and pro-market policies. The Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL), with its main headquarters in Buenos Aires , Argentina , and an office in Montevideo , Uruguay , is a non-profit, non-partisan, private foundation. CADAL is member of the Network of Democracy Research Institutes ( NDRI ), an Associated Institute of Proyecto Plataforma Democrática, founding member of Red Puente Democrático Latinoamericano and is registered as a Civil Society Organization before the Organization of American States (OAS). The mission of CADAL is to promote: the strengthening of democracy and rule of law; the implementation of public policies fostering economic, social and institutional progress; the regional integration and its opening to world trade; and the international promotion of human rights. CADAL activities are grouped into areas of work: Democratic Governance, Economy and Institutions; International Promotion of Human Rights; and Freedom of Expression.
Carlos Facal, member of CADAL's Advisory Council; Tristán Rodríguez Loredo, Director of CADAL's Advisory Council; and Horacio Reyser, Director of CADAL's Business Council.
Among the participants there were several members of foreign diplomacy: Jacek Bazanski, Ambassador of Poland; journalist Fernando Laborda; and Pavel Sipka, Slovak Ambassador.
Agribusinessman Raúl Zorzón with Bernd Löhmann, officer in Argentina of Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
Gustavo Laville, Jorge Montanari, José Montaldo, Gabriel Salvia –General Director of CADAL- and Rodrigo Maffioli Márquez.