An Open Letter From Latin American Think Tanks in Support of Cato

Cato has worked closely with advocates of limited government throughout Latin America during the past several decades, a period that has seen the burgeoning of think tanks committed to promoting free societies. Some 30 think tank leaders in the region have signed an open letter to Cato President Ed Crane and board members in support of an independent Cato. A translation of their letter is below:

Edward Crane and Members of the Board of Directors
Cato Institute
Washington, D.C.

We, the heads of think tanks throughout Latin America, wish to express our respect, admiration and appreciation for the work that the Cato Institute does in our region in defense of the principles of free markets, limited government and peace.

The support we receive from the Cato Institute through its experts, its publications, the seminars for students that it hosts in our countries, its Spanish-language website (elcato.org), the Economic Freedom of the World report of the Fraser Institute that Cato co-publishes in Spanish every year, the distribution of op-eds in the region’s most prominent newspapers, and the immediate response to any of our requests for assistance are evidence of the Cato Institute’s tireless work to create free and prosperous societies in Latin America.

At this time when the Cato Institute is experiencing a threat to its independence, we hope that everything is resolved in the best way possible, and to the benefit of those of us who closely follow the institute and its important work around the world.

We would be pleased to share with you how the contributions of the Cato Institute have benefited our work in pursuing free markets in Latin America.

Warm and libertarian regards,

Agustín Etcheberre / Aldo Abram
Fundación Libertad y Progreso
Argentina

Ángel Soto
Instituto Democracia y Mercado
Chile

Armando Regil
Instituto de Pensamiento Estratégico Ágora
Mexico

Arturo Fontaine
Centro de Estudios Públicos
Chile

Bertha Pantojha
Caminos de la Libertad
Mexico

Carlos Newland
Instituto Universitario ESEADE
Argentina

Daniel Córdova
Invertir
Peru

Denise Couyumdjian
Libertad y Desarrollo
Chile

Dora de Ampuero
Instituto Ecuatoriano de Economía Política
Ecuador

Enrique Ghersi
Centro de Investigación y Estudios Legales
Peru

Ernesto Selman
Centro Regional de Estrategias Económicas Sostenibles
Dominican Republic

Fernando Álvarez
Fundación Global
Argentina

Gerardo Bongiovanni
Fundación Libertad
Argentina

Héctor Ñauparí
Instituto de Estudios de la Acción Humana
Peru

Hugo Vera
Fundación Libertad
Paraguay

Irene Jiménez
Instituto de Estudios para una Sociedad Abierta
Panama

Jorge Lavarreda
Centro de Investigaciones Económicas Nacionales
Guatemala

Juan José Garrido
Instituto Acción
Peru

Marcela Prieto
Instituto de Ciencia Política
Colombia

Margaret Tse
Instituto Liberdade
Brazil

Martín Simonetta
Fundación Atlas 1853
Argentina

Óscar Álvarez
Asociación Nacional de Fomento Económico
Costa Rica

Óscar Ortiz
Fundación Nueva Democracia
Bolivia

Pablo Izquierdo
Fundación Iberoamérica Europa
Spain

Pedro Dajer
Fundación para el Desarrollo Integral de la Sociedad
Dominican Republic

Ricardo López Murphy
Fundación Global
Argentina

Roberto Salinas
Mexico Business Forum
Mexico

Rocío Guijarro
CEDICE Libertad
Venezuela

Surse Pierpoint
Fundación Libertad
Panama

Yesenia Álvarez
Instituto Político para la Libertad
Peru

Wilboor Brun
Populi para la Libertad
Bolivia

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