Participating Members

Cesar Gaviria

President of Colombia

César Gaviria began his political career as city councilor for the Liberal Party in 1970. In 1974 he was elected member of the House of Representatives of Colombia. In 1978 he was named Vice-Minister of Development and from 1983 to 1984 he was President of the House of Representatives. In 1986 he served as Minister of Finance and Public Credit (1986-1987), Minister of Justice (1987-1988) and Minister of the Government (1987-1989) in Barco’s government. He then led the presidential campaign of Senator Luis Carlos Galán. After the brutal murder of Senator Galán by narcoterrorists, he became the presidential candidate for the Liberal Party. He was elected President in 1990 and served until 1994. Following his presidency Mr. Gaviria was elected Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) in 1994 where he served until 2004.

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