Venezuela’s future is topic at Rice’s Baker Institute April 23

MEDIA ADVISORY

Jeff Falk
jfalk@rice.edu
713-348-6775

Venezuela’s future is topic at Rice’s Baker Institute April 23

HOUSTON – (March 26, 2019) – A panel of experts including Julio Borges, former president of the National Assembly of Venezuela, will gather at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy April 23 to examine the evolving politics, economics and oil industry of the crisis-stricken country.

Map showing VenezuelaThe event, hosted by the Baker Institute’s Center for Energy Studies and Latin America Initiative, is free and open to the public. Registration is required at www.bakerinstitute.org/events/2002.

Who: Panelists Julio Borges, former president of the National Assembly of Venezuela; Alejandro Grisanti, president of Ecoanalítica; and Francisco Monaldi, the fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Baker Institute.

Erika de la Garza, senior adviser for the Latin America Initiative, will serve as moderator.

What: A panel discussion titled “Venezuela: What’s Next?”

When: Tuesday, April 23, 6-7:30 p.m. A reception will be held at 5:30.

Where: Rice University, James A. Baker III Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.

Venezuela was once the wealthiest democracy in South America. Today, despite having the largest oil reserves in the world, Venezuela is in crisis, with hyperinflation, food shortages, escalating crime and the mass emigration of more than 3 million people in the last few years, according to event organizers. In January, most Western democracies declared Nicolás Maduro, the fraudulently elected incumbent president, as illegitimate. Instead, Juan Guaidó, the head of Venezuela’s National Assembly, has been recognized as the country’s interim president. The U.S. and other countries have also imposed economic sanctions on Venezuela in an attempt to help restore democracy to this troubled nation.

A live webcast of the event will be available at www.bakerinstitute.org/events/2002.

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.

For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to www.rice.edu/maps. Media should park in the Central Campus Garage (underground).

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About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.