Natural resources and Energy
The Chilean economy relies heavily on the exploitation of the country’s natural resources, as well as on the import of fossil fuels for its energy needs. This makes the country dependent on market fluctuations, thereby limiting competitive strength and capacity for development.
In the sessions within this theme, we want to address ways in which Chile can strengthen itself by responsible and sustainable exploitation of its resources and generation of energy.
Since Chile is a country with generous geography, extended dimensions and a long history of national emergencies, one could say that the country is complex to administrate. However, the country is organized based on a model where administration of resources and decision-making is highly centralized. This reduces the regional capacity for planning and prevision and limits the regional government to operational tasks.
In these sessions the audience is presented with two of the pressing issues at the moment in Chile with respect to decentralization: regional productivity and emergency situations.
Healthcare and Education
Education and public health have been an important topic of public debate in the last years and this has started to result in consensus for legislative reform. The problems with the Chilean educational system are clear, as are the asymmetries in the level and quality of national healthcare services. These two themes present an enormous challenge for Chile’s sustainable future and at the same time a great opportunity to think of improved ways to satisfy the continuing demand for equal access to high quality education and healthcare.
Social equity is a major challenge in Chile’s path towards a sustainable future. Social asymmetries have their impact on society in various ways, but in the end, all reduce the potential of nationwide personal, social and national development.
In these sessions we address social equity from two different, multidisciplinary, standpoints.