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2016 Latin American Cities Conferences: Panama City

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

June 29, 2016
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 MÁS ALLÁ DEL CANAL: LA LOGÍSTICA COMO MOTOR DE CRECIMIENTO

En colaboración con: Arias & Castillo Abogados, Asociación Panameña de Ejecutivos de Empresas (APEDE), Cámara de Comercio Industrias y Agricultura de Panamá (CCIAP), Cámara Panameña de la Construcción (CAPAC), 
Centro de Conciliación y Arbitraje de Panamá, (CeCAP),
International Chamber of Commerce Panamá (ICC Panamá)

La economía de Panamá creció casi 6 por ciento en el 2015. El Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo prevé que Panamá seguirá siendo líder en crecimiento económico en América Latina y el Caribe en el 2016. Las inversiones en infraestructura y logística han contribuido significativamente al alto crecimiento y lo seguirán haciendo en los próximos años. A pesar de que el gasto público se reducirá cuando la ampliación del Canal sea completada en junio de 2016, la logística desempeñará un papel cada vez más importante en la economía del país. Más allá de la ampliación del canal, hay muchos otros proyectos de logística que se están desarrollando, como la segunda línea de metro (un monorriel de $2 mil millones), el proyecto de bienes raíces de uso mixto Panamá Pacífico, la primera instalación de la planta de gas natural licuado y gas natural del país, entre otros. Esta conferencia analizará las medidas que deben adoptarse para ejecutar un plan nacional de logística y las oportunidades para los inversionistas internacionales.

AS/COA y el Ministerio de Comercio e Industrias te invitan el 29 de junio para una conferencia que se enfocará en la forma en la que Panamá puede utilizar la logística como un motor de crecimiento sostenible.

 

BEYOND THE CANAL: LOGISTICS AS AN ENGINE OF GROWTH

In collaboration with: Arias & Castillo Abogados, Asociación Panameña de Ejecutivos de Empresas (APEDE), Cámara de Comercio Industrias y Agricultura de Panamá (CCIAP), 
Cámara Panameña de la Construcción (CAPAC), Centro de Conciliación y Arbitraje de Panamá, (CeCAP), International Chamber of Commerce Panamá (ICC Panamá)

Panama’s economy grew by almost 6 percent in 2015. The Inter-American Development Bank forecasts that the country will continue to lead Latin America and the Caribbean in economic growth in 2016. Investments in infrastructure and logistics have been critical to this high growth and will remain so in the coming years. Even though public spending will drop as the canal expansion nears its completion in June 2016, logistics will play a progressively important role in the country’s economy. Beyond the canal expansion, there are many other logistical projects taking shape, such as the second subway line (a $2 billion monorail), the mixed real estate project Panama Pacifico, the country’s first natural gas-powered plant and liquefied natural gas, among others. This conference will analyze the steps which must be taken to execute a national logistics plan and the opportunities for international investors.

Join AS/COA and Panama’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry for a conference on June 29 focused on how Panama can use logistics as an engine of sustainable growth.

Speakers:

  • Augusto Arosemena, Minister of Commerce and Industry @A_Arosemena_M (Download his presentation.)
  • Dulcidio de la Guardia, Minister of Economy and Finance @ddelaguardia (Download his presentation.)
  • Miguel Bolinaga, Country Manager, AES Panama @MiguelEBolinaga
  • Juan Carlos Croston, Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Manzanillo International Terminal @jc_croston
  • John D. Feeley, U.S. Ambassador to Panama @USEmbPAN
  • Joseph Fidanque III, General Manager, Tocumen International Airport @josephfidanque
  • Emanuel Arturo González-Revilla, Panamanian Ambassador to the U.S. @EmbPanama_US
  • Leo González, Administrator, Agencia Panama Pacifico @LeoLgonzalez
  • Irvin A. Halman, General Administrator, National Authority of Government Innovation @iahalman
  • Daniel Korn, Director of Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Latin America, @MicrosoftLatam
  • Humberto López, Director for Central America, The World Bank (Download his presentation.)
  • Manuel A. Orillac, Partner, Capital Markets and Mergers & Acquisitions Groups, Shearman & Sterling
  • Susana Pinilla, Representative Director in Panama, CAF – Development Bank of Latin America @AgendaCAF
  • Francisco Rios, Centre Director, IE Singapore @friosz (Download his presentation.)
  • Gustavo Ripoll, Executive Director for Central America and the Caribbean, Dell
  • Isaac Suarez, Country Director, Telefónica Panamá @PanamaMovistar
  • Mauricio Tarazona, Head of Treasury & Trade Solutions, Citi Panama @tarazonamau
  • Rommel Troetsch, President, Camara Maritima de Panama (CMP) @rtroetsch
  • Ricardo Ungo, General Manager of Business Development, Panama Canal Authority @canaldepanama
  • Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas @ericfarns
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas @s_segal

Registration: This event is complimentary. Prior registration is required.

Follow the discussion on Twitter: #BeyondtheCanal | @ASCOA

Event Information: Guillermo Zubillaga | gzubillaga@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8362
Sponsorship Opportunities: Claudia Angulo | cangulo@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8358
COA Corporate Membership Information: Monica Vieira | mvieira@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8344
AS Individual Membership Information: Felipe Marin | fmarin@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8342
Press Inquiries: Adriana La Rotta | alarotta@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8384

Augusto Arosemena Moreno

Minister of Trade and Industry of Panama

Augusto Arosemena Moreno is the minister of trade and industry of Panama. Prior to this appointment, he served as vice minister of the presidency from July 2014 to December 2015. Additionally, Arosemena serves as president of Logistic Cabinet, whose main objective is to align all government agencies’ initiatives involving the logistic sector, so they work with the common vision of turning Panama into a world-class hub.

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Miguel Bolinaga

Country Manager, AES Panama

Miguel Bolinaga is the president of AES businesses in Panama (AES Panamá, AES Changuinola, and more recently Gas Natural Atlántico and Costa Norte LNG Terminal). Before his arrival to Panama, he served as commercial corporate director and later as vice president of Electric Market and External Relations for AES in El Salvador, where the company holds an 80 percent market share in electricity distribution services through four distributing companies, serving more than one million end customers.

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Juan Carlos Croston

Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Manzanillo International Terminal – Panama

Juan Carlos Croston is vice president of Marketing and Corporate Affairs with Manzanillo International Terminal – Panama (MIT – Panama). In this role, he is responsible for commercial and business development strategies and the company’s social responsibility and sustainability initiatives. Previously, Croston worked onboard Panamax-type vessels. He joined MIT – Panama as a terminal planner in 2004 and was promoted to the position of customer service manager in 2005.

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Dulcidio José De La Guardia González

Economy and Finance Minister, Panama

Dulcidio De La Guardia is the economy and finance minister of Panama. Prior to this position, he was chief operating officer at Morgan & Morgan Group in Panama until May 2014. On July 1, 2009, he was appointed vice minister of finance of Panama. Previously, in March 2008, he joined MMG Bank as director of wealth management. In September 2007, he was promoted head of private banking reporting to the head of private banking Latin America in Switzerland.

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Eric Farnsworth

Vice President, COA, Washington D.C. Office

Eric Farnsworth is vice president of the Council of the Americas and Americas Society, heading the Washington, DC, office since 2003. The organization is the leading voice on the hemisphere, where the public and private sectors meet to discuss and promote an agenda based on democratic governance, open markets, and the rule of law. He is a recognized expert on hemispheric affairs and U.S. foreign and trade policy, having given congressional testimony numerous times.

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John Feeley

U.S. Ambassador to Panama

John Feeley is the U.S. ambassador to Panama, sworn in on January 15, 2016. He is a career diplomat who has focused much of his work on Latin American and Caribbean issues, both in Washington and in the region. Feeley most recently served as principal deputy assistant secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs from 2012 to 2015, responsible for the daily management of regional policy implementation and the supervision of 50 diplomatic posts across the Americas.

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Joseph Fidanque III

General Manager,f Tocumen International Airport

Joseph Fidanque III is the general manager of Tocumen International Airport. In addition, he is also the president of Fidanque Hermanos e Hijos and founder of Star Contact, Ltd. His family-owned business include travel agencies, Fidanque Comunicaciones Industriales, real estate development, and Star Contact S. de R. L. Tercerizador. He is also the founder and CEO of Intelfon-Red, a cell phone provider in El Salvador, the director of Multiholding Corporation (BVP: MHC), Colón Import & Export, Félix B. Maduro, Cochez Holdings, and INDESA.

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Emanuel González-Revilla

Ambassador of Panama yo the United States

Emanuel Gonzalez-Revilla is the ambassador of the Republic of Panama to the United States, appointed to serve by the president of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez, in August of 2014.

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Irvin A. Halman

General Administrator, AIG

Irvin A. Halman is the current general administrator of AIG. He serves on the board of the National Council for Government Innovation as secretary, is president of the Advisory Board for Universal Service and Access, a member of the Competitiveness Council of the Government of Panama, vice president of the Board of Directors of the public interest association for Infoplazas, and participates in the Board of Trustees of the National Competitiveness Center public-private sector partnership. Halman began his career in the Photographic Technology Division at Eastman Kodak Co.

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Daniel Korn

Director of Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Latin America

Daniel Korn is director of corporate affairs for Microsoft Latin America where he leads Microsoft’s government affairs engagements in 46 countries in the region. He comes to Microsoft Latin America from Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington where he was on the global IP policy and strategy team driving Microsoft’s engagement on IP issues in emerging markets, with a special focus on China and Brazil.

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Humberto López

Director for Central America, World Bank

Humberto López is the World Bank country director for Central America (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama). In this capacity, he is responsible for the implementation of the bank’s country development strategy in the six Central American countries, as well as for a broad operational program that includes technical assistance, financing instruments and knowledge products.

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Susana Pinilla Cisneros

Representative Director in Panama, CAF – Development Bank of Latin America

Susana Pinilla Cisneros is currently the representative of CAF - Development Bank of Latin America in Panama. She is a specialist in development issues, including: employment, inclusion, interculturality, competitiveness, and governability. Pinilla Cisneros was a minister of state for the Ministry of Labor and the Promotion of Employment and the Ministry of Women and Social Development within the government of Peru.

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Susan Segal

President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Susan Segal was elected president and CEO of the Americas Society and Council of the Americas in August 2003 after working in the private sector with Latin America and other emerging markets for over 30 years. Prior to her current position, she was a founding partner of her own investment and advisory group focused primarily on Latin America and the U.S. Hispanic sector. Previously, Segal was a partner and Latin American Group head at J.P.

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Francisco Ríos

Center Director for Latin America, Mexico Office, International Enterprise Singapore

Francisco Ríos is the center director for Latin America at the Mexico office of International Enterprise (IE) Singapore. Prior to this appointment in Mexico, he was based in São Paulo Brazil, leading IE Singapore’s efforts in South American countries. Prior to that, Ríos was based in Singapore as manager of Infocomm and Media Division in the Technology Business Group at International Enterprise (IE) Singapore with the task to support Singapore’s infocomm and media companies, agencies, associations and federations in their expansion plans abroad.

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Gustavo Ripoll

Executive Director, Central America and the Caribbean, Dell

Gustavo A. Ripoll is the executive director for Central America and the Caribbean for Dell. He began his career in Harteneck Lopez and Co. (Coopers & Lybrand) in the consulting department, becoming a partner of the firm in 1998. Following the merger with Price Waterhouse, Ripoll became partner of PricewatrehouseCoopers. In 2003, he became director of Public Sector for the South Cone at Microsoft, later serving as country manager for Argentina and Uruguay.

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Isaac Suárez

General Manager, Telefónica Panamá

Isaac Suárez is the general manager for Telefónica Panamá, responsible for operations. Previously, he was director of marketing for Telefónica Brazil and director of corporative marketing for Telefónica Latinoamérica. In 2006, Suárez took the post of vice president of corporative marketing for Telefónica in Ecuador, a position he occupied until 2009 when he was promoted as general manager of Telefónica Panamá. He is licensed in entrepreneurial sciences from the University of Oviedo, Spain, and has an MBA from the School of Business in Madrid, Spain.

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Mauricio Tarazona

Head of Treasury and Trade Solutions, Citi Panama

Mauricio Tarazona is the head of Treasury and Trade Solutions (TTS) for Panama, with the responsibility to lead the areas of international trade, supply chain finance, export agency finance, local and international cash management, and the trust business within the country. Prior to this assignment, he managed the TTS business for Costa Rica from 2012 to 2015. Tarazona Joined Citi Peru in 2005 as a product manager for trade finance and services covering Peru and Bolivia and since then has taken on new positions with expanded roles.

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Agenda

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All times are local (UTC/GMT -5).

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.   Welcome Remarks

  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

8:30 – 9:15 a.m. Conversation – Panama’s Role as a Bridge Nation

  • John D. Feeley, U.S. Ambassador to Panama
  • Emanuel Arturo González-Revilla, Panamanian Ambassador to the U.S.
  • Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (moderator)

9:15 – 9:45 a.m.   Keynote Speaker

  • Augusto Arosemena, Minister, Ministry of Commerce and Industry

9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Panel – Logistics and Economic Growth

  • Juan Carlos Croston, Vice President of Marketing, Manzanillo International Terminal
  • Joseph Fidanque III, General Manager, Tocumen International Airport
  • Ricardo Ungo, General Manager of Business Development, Panama Canal Authority
  • Susana Pinilla, Representative Director in Panama, CAF – Development Bank of Latin America (moderator)

10:45 – 11:15 a.m. Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:00 p.m. Presentation – Panama as a Logistical Hub: A View from Abroad

  • Francisco Ríos, Centre Director, IE Singapore

12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker

  • Dulcidio de la Guardia, Minister of the Economy and Finance, Panama

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Panel – Opportunities in Logistics and Related Activities for Foreign Investors

  • Miguel Bolinaga, Country Manager, AES Panama
  • Leo González, Administrator, Agencia Panama Pacifico
  • Rommel Troetsch, President, Cámara Marítima de Panamá (CMP)
  • Manuel A. Orillac, Partner, Capital Markets and Mergers & Acquisitions Groups, Shearman & Sterling
  • Mauricio Tarazona, Head, Treasury & Trade Solutions, Citi Panama (moderator)

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Lunch Keynote Speaker

  • Humberto López, Director for Central America, The World Bank

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Digital Logistics and the Role of Innovation

  • Irvin A. Halman, General Administrator, National Authority of Government Innovation
  • Daniel Korn, Director of Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Latin America (moderator)
  • Isaac Suarez, Country Director, Telefónica Panamá
  • Gustavo Ripoll, Executive Director, Dell Panama