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The Human Factor: Investing in People Today to Address the Challenges of Tomorrow

March 21, 2018 | 15:00pm

Investing in people is not an option, it’s a must. People have become the most important factor in the wealth of nations. Knowledge, skills, and know-how—collectively known as human capital—are today an enormous share of global wealth, bigger than natural resources, factories, or industry.

The world is at a crossroads: advances in technology will require countries to invest more and more wisely in education and health if they want to remain competitive in the economy of the future. Latin America is no exception: 60% of the region’s wealth lies in its human capital, according to a World Bank analysis.

On March 21, the president of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim, will address these issues during his first visit to Uruguay, a country known for innovation in many fields of development. Among other influencers, Kim will  speak with Diego Lugano, former captain of the Uruguayan soccer team and a role model for thousands of young people.

Join this conversation about education, skills, technology, and the future.  


Former World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim on October 24, 2013 in Washington DC. Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank

Former President, World Bank Group

Diego Lugano - Former captain of the Uruguay National Football Team

Former captain of the Uruguay National Football Team

Miguel Brechner - President of Ceibal Center

President of Ceibal Center

Adriana Aristimuño - Co-founder of EDUY21

Co-founder of EDUY21

Geraldine Delfino - Advisory manager at PwC

Advisory manager at PwC

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