Infrastructure Project of the Year Nominations Announced: 6th Annual Latin American Leadership Forum "Building the Region's Global Network for Competitiveness & Opportunity"

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Today the 6th Annual Latin American Leadership Forum announced the nominees for Infrastructure Project of the Year awards. "Latin America is beginning to invest in high quality, long-term, infrastructure to both increase competitiveness and create sustainable opportunities," according to Norman F. Anderson, President & CEO of CG/LA Infrastructure, the firm organizing the Leadership Forum. "More than $64 billion in strategic infrastructure projects will be presented by sponsors at next week's forum." The Leadership Forum will be held from April 1- 4 at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay, in Miami, FL.

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    Winners will be announced on April 3 at 11:00 am, during the second day of the Leadership Forum. Nominees are the following:

Engineering (The most creative or challenging engineering project of 2007/8)

-- Rio Grijalva - Mexico

-- Rio de Janeiro Petrochemical Complex (Comperj) -Brazil

-- Ethanol Pipeline Logistics Project - Brazil

Equity/Job Creation (The project that will create the most jobs, and the greatest business opportunities, over the next 25 years)

-- Sao Paulo - Rio de Janeiro Bullet Train - Brazil

-- Panama Canal Project - Panama

-- Azua Bio-diesel Project - Dominican Republic

Long-term Performance (The project that has been operational for at least 5 years, and that demonstrates that infrastructure projects in Latin America perform to world class physical and financial standards)

-- Panama Canal - Panama

-- CFE Generation Program - Mexico

-- Chilean Water & Wastewater Investment Program - Chile

Finance (The financial structure that best points the way forward, in terms of a replicable model, so that the region might achieve the goal of tripling investment in infrastructure within the next five years).

-- San Jose-Caldera Highway - Costa Rica

-- Cedae IPO - Brazil

-- Puerto Plata - Dominican Republic

Strategic Project of the Year (The project - underway in the 2007/8 period - that promises to change the competitive face of the region)

-- Corredor Ferreo del Magdalena - (Ferrocarril Chilhuana-Villavieja) Colombia

-- Sao Paulo Mass Transit Digital Clearinghouse - Brazil

-- Panama Canal Expansion - Panama

The Project of the Year Awards - Underwritten by Leadership Forum Sponsors

Sponsors come from 13 countries, making the Leadership Forum a truly international event, and the Project of the Year awards a truly international recognition of excellence. Sponsors include: Platinum level - Barrick Gold/Pueblo Viejo; BCIE; CAF; CEI-RD; Globalia; and Gold level - Caixa, Citibank, Conduit Capital, Control Risks, Depfa Bank, Export Development Canada, ESRI, Fluitecnik, Globasol, Lacaz-Martins, Masada, World Bank/MIGA, NewLink Communications, Autopistas del Nordeste, Odebrecht, Panprojects, ProMexico, Roko-ki, and the US Department of Energy.

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