Leading economist to lead Chile Salmon Council

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Salvador Valdés Prieto joins newly formed trade group.

In a press release, the Chilean Salmon Council reports that, as of July 30, leading economist Salvador Valdés Prieto has joined as Director of the group formed with the country’s biggest salmon farmers.

Prieto has a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He’s worked on financial, dairy, steel and energy markets and has also advised the governments of China, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia and others, via the World Bank, on pension policies.

He was director of the investment manager Larraín Vial AGF for 11 years and director of BancoEstado for 4 years. From 2014 to 2020 he was a researcher at CLAPES-UC where he developed research in tax, labour and pension policy.

Formed this year, the board of the Chilean Salmon Council consists of Fernando Villarroel, representing of Mowi; Pablo Baraona of Salmones Aysén, AquaChile’s Sady Delgado and Steven Rafferty from Cermaq.

“To lead in salmon farming, our country must combine its privileged conditions with the promotion of quality employment, free competition and protection of the environment,” said Salvador Valdés.

In July, the Salmon Council appointed economist Joanna Davidovich as executive director.