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Vicente Fox, President of Mexico, 2000-2006, at the World Congress

Halifax, May 26, 2012 – The World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP), ACCC and NSCC are honored to welcome President Vicente Fox to the World Congress 2012, Driving the Global Economy.

Under Fox’s leadership from 1995 to 1999, Guanajuato became the fifth most important Mexican state economy and, in certain productive sectors, surpassed the national average. Subsequently, Vicente Fox was elected President of Mexico and served from 2000 to 2006. The first candidate from an opposition party to be elected president since 1920, he garnered 42 percent of the vote, marking the first time that the then-dominant Institutional Revolutionary Party had lost a presidential election. During this period, the country experienced fundamental economic strength and stability.

“There is much we can learn from President Fox both from the perspective of his experience in bringing economic growth to his people in a time of need, and from his success at seizing opportunities,” said James Knight, President and CEO of ACCC and Chair of WFCP. “He created Centro Fox, a centre for democratic engagement and access to advanced skills for the disadvantaged. This two-pronged approach is key to Mexico’s economic development. As this Congress unfolds, we are sure to hear more examples of the social and economic benefits of governments committed to higher education.”

President Fox is in Halifax to participate in the Biennial Congress of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics, joining the roster of renowned figures such as His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston the Governor General of Canada, Lieutenant-General The Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire, and John Kao, Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Innovation, to name a few.

Delegates from the following countries will contribute their perspectives:

Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Dominica, England, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, Mozambique, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, USA and Vietnam.

Please visit the World Congress website at:  http://world.accc.ca/congress.

For more information, contact:

Rosemary Lafrenière
Manager, Communications and Information Services
ACCC
Mobile: 613-513-6291
Email: rlafreniere@accc.ca