Grupo Salinas Hosts U.S. Delegation of Journalists, Business Leaders and Political Leaders to Attend Ciudad de las Ideas Thinkers' Forum in Puebla

Nov 14, 2012, 17:05 ET from Grupo Salinas from ,Ciudad de las Ideas

MEXICO CITY, Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grupo Salinas, a group of dynamic, fast-growing and technologically advanced companies founded by Ricardo B. Salinas that are deeply committed to the modernization of the countries in which they operate, is pleased to have hosted a group of leading U.S. journalists, business leaders and political leaders who will attend the Ciudad de las Ideas thinkers' forum in the city of Puebla.

The delegates represent organizations as diverse as the New America Foundation, the Aspen Institute, Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute  and Zocalo Public Square.

The trip included high-level meetings with top members of the federal government elect, representatives of the U.S. Embassy and executives of Grupo Salinas companies, among others.

The distinguished visitors will also attended a three-day forum on global ideas called La Ciudad de las Ideas. The forum, which is now in its fifth year, features speakers such as Latino astronaut Jose Hernandez; cyborg activist Neil Haribisson;  Isaac Hernandez, soloist for the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam; and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebad, among many others. The event includes a total of over 50 speakers, who presented a ground-breaking idea during a 20-minute intervention.

"Now is an especially crucial moment to foment high-level dialogue between Mexico and the United States and we're proud to host this delegation," said Luis J. Echarte, Chairman of Azteca America.  

"As Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI), it has been a privilege to take part in the free flow of ideas in the Ciudad de las Ideas thinkers forum convened by Grupo Salinas in Mexico. CHLI looks forward to contributing to the forum's success," said former U.S. Congressman and CHLI Chairman Lincoln Diaz-Balart.

Grupo Salinas is a proud sponsor of Ciudad de las Ideas since its inception. The event is organized by the Mexican think-tank Poder Civico S.A. and curated by its president, Andres Roemer.

"For the third straight year, thanks to an invitation from the Grupo Salinas, a delegation of New America Foundation fellows has been able to come to Mexico to learn about the country and the important bilateral relationship, said Andres Martinez, VP and Editorial Director of New America Foundation.

"It feels like an especially opportune time for our group to attend the Ciudad de las Ideas in Puebla and engage with Mexican political leaders, journalists and academics in Mexico City, as both countries emerge from their electoral seasons ready to re-engage each other and strengthen ties across the Rio Grande."

Grupo Salinas Profile
Grupo Salinas ( is a group of dynamic, fast growing, and technologically advanced companies focused on creating shareholder value, building the Mexican middle class, and improving society through excellence. Created by Mexican entrepreneur Ricardo B. Salinas (, Grupo Salinas operates as a management development and decision forum for the top leaders of member companies. These companies include:: TV Azteca (;, Azteca America (, Grupo Elektra (, Banco Azteca (, Afore Azteca (, Advance America (, Seguros Azteca ( and Grupo Iusacell ( Each of the Grupo Salinas companies operates independently, with its own management, board of directors and shareholders. Grupo Salinas has no equity holdings.

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