Collaboration between the World Bank, the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, and International IDEA goes back to November 2000. It includes roundtables on national dialogue, country development strategies, and middle-income countries’ development experience, with a focus on Latin America.
This Forum, held in Santiago, Chile on 25–27 July 2004, is another example of this longstanding collaboration, and reflects an interest of its organizers in promoting a better understanding of the relationship between economic, social, and political factors in development.
Present and former senior public sector officials and private sector representatives from fourteen countries, together with representatives of the three organizing institutions, met at the Forum to discuss each country’s development experience with the aim of identifying key lessons of success.
National Visions Matter encapsulates a set of central elements common to successful development experiences. It also confirms one of the main tenets of the Comprehensive Development Framework approach put forward by the President of the World Bank in 1999: countries that have succeeded over time have invested in developing long-term visions, and have created the institutions to translate long-term visions into reality.