A thousand representatives of the public and private sectors will participate in September at the 22nd Annual CAF Conference to discuss trade and investment outlooks between China and Latin America and international integration of the region within the framework of the trade policy promoted by the United States.
CAF - development bank of Latin America - reported today in a statement released in Panama that the annual meeting will be held on September 5 and 6 at the Newseum in Washington (USA), convened in conjunction with the Inter-American Dialogue and the Organization of American States (OAS).
The new outlooks for trade and investment between China and Latin America will be discussed; the regional efforts that should be undertaken to achieve sustained growth, and how to close the productivity gap, said a statement from the regional financial organization.
Also the topics to be addressed are based on how to think about politics beyond the short term to generate consensus towards sustainable development; the challenges of the 21st century for press freedom; and the elections and political developments in Latin America with a focus on Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay and Venezuela.
The impact of the monetary normalization of the developed economies and the trade policy promoted by the United States will also be included in the topics of high-level dialogue.
The conference is expected to be attended by "more than 1,000 world leaders including government representatives, international organizations and civil society, businesspeople, investors, policymakers, analysts and journalists," said CAF.
It will be installed by the president of CAF, Luis Carranza; by the Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, and by the President of the Inter-American Dialogue, Michael Shifter.
"We are pleased to consolidate this space for dialogue and discussion on issues that are central to the regional development and prosperity. The challenges are enormous, so we have to promote hemispheric understanding and international projection of Latin America, compared to a changing global dynamic in which we also have a lot to contribute," Carranza said in the statement.
Among the more than 30 invited panelists are the executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLAC), Alicia Bárcena; the Ibero-American General Secretary, Rebeca Grynspan; the vice president for Latin America of the World Bank, Jorge Familiar, and the director of the Department of the Western Hemisphere of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Alejandro Werner.
Also the editor of the Washington Post, Marty Baron; the editor of La Nación de Argentina, Carlos Roberts; and the director of El Tiempo de Colombia, Roberto Pombo.
In addition, the panelists that will participate are the Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru, Rogers Valencia; the Secretary of Commerce of Argentina, Miguel Braun; and the former Minister of Economy and Finance of Panama, Dulcidio De La Guardia, among others.