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Press Advisory


  February 24, 2009

For the third consecutive year, the Organization of American States (OAS) will be the venue for the presentation of the Latinobarómetro annual report of public opinion which will take place in the context of the fourteenth OAS Policy Roundtable, entitled: “The Financial crisis, a challenge to democracy?” to be held on Thursday, February 26th, 2009, at the OAS headquarters in Washington D.C.

On this opportunity, Marta Lagos, Executive Director of Latinobarómetro, will present the findings of the poll taken in 18 countries across Latin-America that asks respondents their perceptions about the economy, unemployment, criminality, corruption, discrimination, Internet usage, government approval, and the attitude toward democracy, among others.

The discussion panel will include Mr. Michael Shifter, Vice President for policy and Director of the Andean Program at the Inter-American Dialogue, and Eric Lynn, Research Associate of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, (IFES) who will present their own perspectives on the results of the report, after an introduction by the OAS Assistant Secretary General, Ambassador Albert Ramdin.

Latinobarómetro Corporation is a non-governmental organization based in Santiago de Chile, responsible for carrying out the annual public opinion survey that applies some 19,000 interviews in 18 countries, representing more than 400 million inhabitants. The initiative is produced, designed, and used mainly by social, political and academic actors of the region.

The fourteenth OAS Policy Roundtable will be webcast live (

WHAT: Fourteenth OAS Policy Roundtable – Presentation of the Latinobarometro Report: The Financial Crisis, A Challenge to Democracy?

WHEN: Thursday, February 26th, 2009

TIME: 3:30 pm (EST)

WHERE: Hall of the Americas
Organization of American States
17th Street & Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20006

Reference: AVI-013/09