Check out the best quotes and surprising insights from the World Economic Forum on Latin America in Lima, Peru.

“Latin America is no longer a mere spectator. We are now players.” – Ricardo Martinelli, President of Panama (Latin America: Delivering Growth, Strengthening Societies)

“We need a Silicon Valley for the Amazon, a high-tech innovation model that looks at biodiversity, biotechnology, nanotechnology and biomimicry.” – Juan Carlos Castilla-Rubio, Chief Executive Officer, Planetary Skin Institute, USA (The Future of the Amazon)

“A leader leads best when people hardly know he or she is leading. When people say: we did it ourselves.” – Edwin Bernbaum, Principal, Peak Paradigms: Leadership & Teamwork, USA (An Insight, An Idea)

“This is a good moment for the whole region of Latin America and the Caribbean.” – Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico (Latin America: Delivering Growth, Strengthening Societies)

“We need to grow economically and be able to distribute that growth; what we call social inclusion: growing to include and including to grow.” – Ollanta Moises Humala Tasso, President of Peru (Latin America: Delivering Growth, Strengthening Societies)

“The largest fortune in the world is talent. It’s a question of how you put your talent to work. When you have a talent, you have an obligation to deliver.” – Carlos García Moreno Elizondo, Chief Financial Officer, América Movil, Mexico

“A country can leapfrog. You don’t have to go from low-end manufacturing to higher end and then services. You can leapfrog and pick your niche.” – Mari Elka Pangestu, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy of Indonesia

“It’s possible to reduce deforestation. Brazil has reduced it by more than 80%.” – Virgílio Maurício Viana, General Director, Fundação Amazonas Sustentável, Brazil (The Future of the Amazon)

“Latin America is a priority for us. One reason is potential growth. Second reason is talent. Third is the legal framework. Fourth is government support to develop broadband,” – Jordi Botifoll, President, Latin America, Cisco Systems, USA

“Next time you watch Garfield, bear in mind that 50% of it is created in Indonesia.” – Mari Elka Pangestu, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy of Indonesia