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2015 Latin American Cities Conferences: San José

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

June 25, 2015
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COSTA RICA: A NEW INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY

 

In the past year, Costa Rica has faced cases of departures of long-standing international investors. Although the country continues to draw sophisticated investors from around the world, external and internal challenges persist when it comes to attracting greater levels of foreign direct investment (FDI). Since taking office, however, President Luis Guillermo Solís has sought to revamp Costa Rica’s efforts to boost both the volume and nature of FDI.

Americas Society/Council of the Americas, in partnership with Costa Rica’s Ministry of Foreign Trade (COMEX) and the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE), will hold a half-day conference to focus on the country's economic and investment outlook, convening government officials and foreign investors who span various industries.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Luis Guillermo Solís, President of Costa Rica
  • Alexander Mora, Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica
  • César Arias, Director, Latin American Sovereigns Group, Fitch Ratings (Download his presentation)
  • Doyle Boyd, Solutions Director, Marketing Digital Production and Content Services, Accenture
  • José Rafael Brenes, CEO, National Stock Exchange of Costa Rica (Download his presentation)
  • Dave Dalton, President, General Microcircuits
  • Roberto Echandi, Global Lead, Investment Policy, Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice, World Bank
  • Alberto Franco, Economist, Founder and Consultant, Ecoanálisis
  • Vincent Guglielmetti, Costa Rica Site & Mega Lab General Manager, Intel Corporation
  • Ragnhild Melzi, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Luis Mesalles,  Associate Economist of the Central American Academy (Download his presentation)
  • Charlie Noel, Vice President of Operations, MicroVention, Inc.
  • Ed Sanchez, Country Officer, Costa Rica, Citi
  • Jorge Sequeira, Managing Director, Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE)

Follow the discussion on Twitter: @ASCOA | #crASCOA

Registration fee: This event is complimentary for all registrants. Prior registration is required.

Event Information: Guillermo Zubillaga | gzubillaga@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8362
Sponsorship Opportunities: Ana Gilligan | agilligan@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8364 
COA Corporate Membership Information: Monica Vieira | mvieira@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8344
Press Inquiries: Adriana La Rotta | alarotta@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8384

Although the country continues to draw sophisticated investors from around the world, external and internal challenges persist when it comes to attracting greater levels of foreign direct investment. AS/COA's half-day conference will look at the country's economic and investment outlook.

San José 2015 Blog: Welcoming Remarks by President Luis Guillermo Solís

Posted on Thursday, June 25, 2015 | By Holly K. Sonneland

The Costa Rican president talked about the strength of the Costa Rican brand abroad and the country’s commitment to being a destination for foreign investment. ... Read More

San José 2015 Blog: Costa Rican Foreign Trade Minister Alexander Mora

Posted on Thursday, June 25, 2015 | By Elizabeth Gonzalez

Minister Mora explained how the country can attract investment and improve its educational system. ... Read More

San José 2015 Blog: Costa Rica - Challenges and Opportunities for Foreign Investors

Posted on Thursday, June 25, 2015 | By Carin Zissis

Business leaders from Citi, Accenture, General Microcircuits, Intel, MicroVention, and Costa Rica's Investment Agency discussed hurdles to and benefits of working in Costa Rica. ... Read More

San José 2015 Blog: Roberto Echandi Keynote on FDI

Posted on Thursday, June 25, 2015 | By Luisa Leme

The World Bank's global head of the Investment Policy, Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice gave a video presentation on foreign direct investment in Costa Rica ... Read More

San José 2015 Blog: Costa Rica and the Region's Economic Outlook

Posted on Thursday, June 25, 2015 | By Kariela Almonte

Experts examined the challenges and opportunities for Costa Rica to reach economic competitiveness amid a weakening global scenario. ... Read More

San José 2015 Blog: Costa Rica Leading in Life Sciences and Research

Posted on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 | By Elizabeth Gonzalez

The sector is one of the country’s most prosperous, backed by scientific research institutes that stand out in Latin America. ... Read More

San José 2015 Blog: Three Charts on Costa Rican FDI

Posted on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 | By Elizabeth Gonzalez

Costa Rica saw less foreign direct investment in 2014, but surpassed the government target. ... Read More

Luis Guillermo Solís

President of Costa Rica

Luis Guillermo Solís is president of the Republic of Costa Rica for the term of 2014 to 2018. For 30 years he has been a teacher, researcher and academic administrator at both the University of Costa Rica and the National University, and visiting professor at both the University of Michigan and the University of Florida in the United States. He was ambassador to Costa Rica for Central American affairs and director of foreign policy from 1994 to 1998.

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Alexander Mora

Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica

Alexander Mora is minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica since May 8 2014, where he oversees Costa Rica’s foreign trade and investment portfolios, as well as the relationship with multilateral organizations like the WTO, OECD, SIECA, among others. Mora has extensive experience in trade, banking, and digital technologies. Firstly, he is a successful entrepreneur in digital technologies, telecommunications, and corporate services areas, with over 25 years of experience.

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Cesar Arias

Director, Latin American Sovereigns Group, Fitch Ratings

César Arias is director in the Latin American Sovereigns Group at Fitch Ratings since May 2011. He is the lead analyst for Central American sovereigns and frontier markets, including Bolivia, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Paraguay, and Suriname. Arias speaks regularly to investors and the media about macroeconomic policies and fixed income markets in Latin America. He worked as a research officer in the Monetary and Capital Markets Department at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, D.C. from 2008 to 2011.

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Doyle Boyd

Solutions Director, Marketing Digital Production and Content Services, Accenture

Doyle Boyd is the Global Digital Production Solution Director for Accenture. In this role, he oversees Accenture’s Digital Production New Business service offering.  They support over 60 clients globally with these capabilities. Doyle joined Accenture as part of the avVenta acquisition where he provided new business solution development and sales leadership.  avVenta was a pioneer in marketing content production with a long history of operations in Costa Rica.

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José Rafael Brenes

CEO, National Stock Exchange of Costa Rica

José Rafael Brenes is CEO of the National Stock Exchange and partner-consultant at Ecoanálisis. In the National Stock Exchange, he develops market segment for medium-sized companies with high growth potential and is actively involved in the evaluation and selection of eligible companies for this market. Additionally, he is member of the Costa Rican Institute for Corporate Governance that promotes and develops the adoption of best practices for corporate governance. Previously, he was general manager of the Central Bank of Costa Rica from 1998 to 2004.

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David Dalton

President, General Microcircuits

David G. Dalton is president and CEO of General Microcircuits since 1990. In addition, he serves on the Charlotte Regional Partnership’s New Energy Capital New Technology Advisory Board and is a member of the Charlotte Chamber’s Manufacturers Council. Philanthropically, he has been the long term Chairman of Charlotte’s annual Festival in the Park and its most recent branding sibling, the Kings Drive Art Walk. He has a bachelor’s in radio, television and motion pictures, which he received in 1981 from UNC Chapel Hill.

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Roberto Echandi

Global Lead, Investment Policy, Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice, World Bank

Roberto Echandi is the investment policy global lead of the Investment Climate Unit of the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice of the World Bank Group. Prior joining the World Bank Group, he was director of the Program on International Investment at the World Trade Institute (WTI) of the University of Bern.

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Alberto Franco

Economist, Founder and Consultant, Ecoanálisis

Alberto Franco is founder and consultant of Ecoanálisis, associate economist of the Central American Academy, and private consultant. Prior to this position, he was director for Costa Rica at the Inter-American Development Bank, the Inter-American Investment Corporation and the Multilateral Investment Fund in the U.S. He has been director of the Central Bank of Costa Rica, economic advisor to the president of the Republic Costa Rica, director of Financial Miravalles and financial analyst at Farmers Insurance Group Inc. in the United States.

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Vincent Guglielmetti

Costa Rica Site & Mega Lab General Manager, Intel Corporation

Vincent Guglielmetti is general manager of Intel Costa Rica since June 2014. As a leader, his main task is to transform Intel Costa Rica from a manufacturing operation to a research and development facility; accompanied by a global services center of excellence. Guglielmetti works for the Intel since 2000. He moved to Costa Rica in 2005, where he was factory manager, manufacturing manager and controller at Intel Costa Rica. He holds a bachelor’s degree in administration and a master´s in finance from the University of Michigan.  

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Ragnhild Melzi

Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Ragnhild Melzi is Americas Society/Council of the Americas' vice president. She provides leadership for the organizations' international programming, which attracts top government officials, global business leaders, and prominent policy analysts to confront matters of critical hemispheric importance at discussions that take place across the Americas. Melzi has extensive experience in Latin American corporate finance and wealth management.

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Luis Mesalles

Associate Economist of the Central American Academy

Luis Mesalles is general manager of La Yema Dorada and partner-consultant Ecoanálisis. He is also treasurer of the Costa Rican Union of Chambers of Private Enterprise, member of several boards, columnist for The Nation and author of several publications. Previously he was vice president of the Board of the Central Bank of Costa Rica and president of Academy of Central America.

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Charles E. Noel

Vice President of Operations, MicroVention, Inc

Charles E. Noel is vice president of operations at Microvention, Inc. where he leads the creation, enhancement and growth of facilities domestically and internationally utilizing expertise in international operations, manufacturing start-up, project management, plant design and construction, and product development. Prior to this position, Noel was a medical manufacturer producing vascular access devices at Abbott Vascular from 2005 to 2007. He was aortic stent grafts manufacturer at WL Gore Medical from 2003 to 2005.

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Ed Sanchez

Country Officer, Costa Rica, Citi

Ed Sanchez is general manager in Citi Costa Rica. He has been with Citi for 29 years and in that period he has held multiple relevant positions in Corporate Finance and Corporate Banking in various locations including New York, Miami, Brazil, and Venezuela. Sanchez successfully led Corporate and Investment Banking for Central America and the Caribbean before moving to Brazil to head the Corporate Bank, and later started the LATAM RAM business strategy and coverage model for Global Subsidiaries Group Regional Clients.

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Jorge Sequeira

Managing Director, Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE)

Jorge Sequeira is the managing director of the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE). Sequeira joined CINDE from Trade Promotion Agency of Costa Ricawhere he served for four years. Prior to that, he co-founded and acted as CEO of Exactus Corporation, a business software development company with presence in 12 countries throughout Latin America. Sequeira acted also as vice president of the Board of Directors of the Costa Rican Chamber of Industries, as well as of GS1 Costa Rica, the local office of the Brussels-based global organization.

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Video: San José 2015 - Welcoming Remarks by President Luis Guillermo Solís

June 25, 2015

The Costa Rican president talked about the strength of the Costa Rican brand abroad and the country’s commitment to being a destination for foreign investment....

Video: San José 2015 - Costa Rica and the Region's Economic Outlook

June 25, 2015

Experts examined the challenges and opportunities for Costa Rica to reach economic competitiveness amid a weakening global scenario....

Video: San José 2015 - Roberto Echandi Keynote on FDI

June 25, 2015

The World Bank's global lead for its Investment Policy, Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice gave a video presentation on foreign direct investment....

Video: San José 2015 - Costa Rica's Challenges and Opportunities for Foreign Investors

June 25, 2015

Experts from Citi, Accenture, General Microcircuits, Intel, MicroVention, and Costa Rica's Investment Agency talked about the benefits and obstacles for investing and running operations in the Central American country. ...

Video: San José 2015 - Closing Remarks from Alexander Mora

June 25, 2015

The Foreign Trade minister wrapped up the event with remarks on how to continue improving the country's competitiveness....

Video Q&A: Costa Rica's Alexander Mora on "Playing Smartly" in an Era of Mega Trade Blocs

June 30, 2015

The foreign trade minister explains how the Central American country is working to diversify trade....

Download a PDF of the agenda.

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Agenda

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.  Registration

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.  Welcoming Remarks

  • Ragnhild Melzi, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.  Opening Remarks

  • Luis Guillermo Solís, President of Costa Rica

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  Panel: Costa Rica and the Region’s Economic Outlook

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Coffee Break

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Keynote on FDI (via video)

  • Introduction by Christine Zhenwei Qiang, Practice Manager, Investment Climate Unit, Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice, World Bank Group 
  • Keynote by Roberto Echandi, Global Lead, Investment Policy, Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice, World Bank (via video)

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Panel: Costa Rica - Challenges & Opportunities for Foreign Investors

  • Ed Sanchez, Citi Country Officer, Costa Rica
  • Doyle Boyd, Solutions Director, Marketing Digital Production and Content Services, Accenture
  • Dave Dalton, President, General Microcircuits
  • Vincent Guglielmetti, General Manager, Intel Costa Rica
  • Charlie Noel, Vice President of Operations, MicroVention, Inc.
  • Jorge Sequeira, Managing Director, Costa Rica’s Investment Agency (CINDE) (moderator)

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Closing Remarks

  • Alexander Mora, Minister of Foreign Trade, Costa Rica