End-of-year special of The Economist features Chilean President

Alongside Barack Obama, David Cameron and Angela Merkel, Sebastián Piñera appears as a columnist in the special ‘World in 2011’ edition, the only global figure featured from Latin America.

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Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera is featured in the special year-end edition of the prestigious magazine The Economist.

A column by President Piñera appears within the same pages as US President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the special issue released in November, providing further proof that Chile is an important player on the global stage.

President Piñera, who assumed office in March 2010, is the only Latin American represented in the issue and just one of six international figures asked to write a column for the special issue of the British weekly magazine, The World in 2011.

His column is titled “We, the bicentennials,” highlighting the fact that Chile and four other countries in Latin America – Venezuela, Argentina, Colombia and Mexico – celebrate 200 years of independence in 2010.

For Chile it has been a momentous year, in particular following the successful rescue of 33 miners trapped underground in the Atacama Desert, watched by 1 billion people around the world.

2010 also saw the election of President Piñera’s new government, the Feb 27 earthquake and subsequent recovery and the country’s most successful World Cup campaign since 1998.

In his piece, the President provides analysis of the region’s current state of development and looks forward to its progression.

“Our good fortune is that Latin America in 2011 will have everything it needs to become a developed region and overcome poverty,” President Piñera writes in the piece, which can also be viewed online.

“We have a vast and fertile territory, abundant natural resources, two sister languages and a shared culture, increasingly strong democracies and, most important, people who have demonstrated that they are capable of overcoming any obstacle that nature or providence puts in their path.”

He concludes: “We can be a continent that leaves underdevelopment behind, that overcomes poverty and that creates opportunities for the material and spiritual progress of all its children—achievements the like of which our region has never known.

“This is why the best for Chile and for all of Latin America is yet to come.”

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