The industrial and financial center of Chile, Santiago generates approximately 45% of the country’s GDP.
Over the last twenty years, Santiago has transformed itself into one of the most important financial centers in Latin America. Given the strong growth, stability, and transparency of the Chilean economy, many multinational corporations have chosen this city of nearly 6 million inhabitants to locate their regional headquarters. Nearby wine valleys, internationally acclaimed ski resorts, and bountiful beaches have made Santiago a “must-see” destination on any visit to the region.
Many observers consider this country of only 17.2 million people to be a blueprint for success that other developing nations would do well to follow. Unlike its neighbors, Chile is continuously ranked favorably among the world’s most developed economies in terms of transparency and corruption and is also among the world’s most aggressive pursuers of free trade agreements. Chile’s transparency and pro-business environment facilitate access to high level meetings and site visits that is difficult to achieve in other countries. Together with consistently high marks for traveler safety, Santiago’s business environment makes it an ideal destination for MBA program visits.