Horacio Manuel Cartes JaraPresident of the Republic of Paraguay
Horacio Manuel Cartes Jara was born in Asuncion, Paraguay on July 5th, 1956. He has three children: Juan Pablo (28), Sofia (24), and María Sol (15).
Following in the footsteps of his father, a representative of the Cessna Aircraft Company in Paraguay, he studied at the Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology in Tulsa, Oklahoma before a brief stint at Cessna in Wichita, Kansas.
In 1975, he would begin his entrepreneurial ventures. Mr. Cartes's main financial and commercial ventures are Banco Amambay (since 1992); Tabacalera del Este SA (controlled since 1994); Tabacos del Paraguay (since 1996); Compañía Agrotabacalera del Paraguay SA (since 2002 which focuses in overseeing over 1200 tobacco growers families); Bebidas del Paraguay, Agrocitrus del Paraguay SA. He has also focused his business efforts in the food industry, forming cattle companies such as Ganadera Sofia SA; Ganadera Chajha SA and Ganadera Las Pampas SA, developing genetic and cattle breeding.
Cartes' signature business philosophy focuses on professional training of his employees, smart use of capital and innovation with a strong sense of social responsibility.
Mr. Cartes's also presided as Director of Football for the Paraguayan National teams and the Club Libertad.
In 2009, Cartes joined the Colorado Party. From the very beginning of his political involvement, he selflessly began a grassroots campaign to reposition the party. April 21, 2013 marked the return to power of the Colorado Party as Cartes' was elected by 45.8% of the final official vote-count. The Electoral Tribunal was recognized the 2013 elections as one of the most transparent and most participated in the country's history.
On August 15th of 2013, Horacio Manuel Cartes Jara swore in as President of the Republic of Paraguay for the next 5 years (2013-2018) as stipulated in the National Constitution.
Source: Information provided by the Mission of Paraguay to the United Nations
Date: September 23, 2013 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Teatro, The Italian Academy
Description: This World Leaders Forum program features an address by His Excellency Horacio Cartes, President of the Republic of Paraguay, followed by a question and answer session with the audience.