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2016 Panama Investment Conference

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

November 16, 2016
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AS/COA—in partnership with Panama’s Commerce and Industry Ministry, the Panama Trade & Investment Agency (Proinvex), and the American Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Panama—is pleased to present the 2016 Panama Investment Conference, featuring a keynote address by Augusto Arosemena, commerce and industry minister, and the participation of Dulcidio de la Guardia, economy and finance minister, and Alvaro Alemán, minister of the presidency.

According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), Panama is the sixth fastest-rising economy in the globe, with projected GDP growth above 6 percent through the end of the decade with solid macro- and microeconomic fundamentals. Foreign direct investment (FDI) constitutes 10 percent of Panama's current GDP, and the country is receiving close to half of all incoming FDI to Central America, facilitated by a financial services market that is ranked 12th worldwide by the WEF. Globalization and deepening economic integration and interdependence are fostering a new era of international relations and transparency in transnational business. 

This strategic, invitation-only event will bring together senior government officials, investors, and international and national business leaders for a forward-looking and insightful discussion on Panama’s investment opportunities and the country's position as a hub for global multimodal logistics and distribution activities.

Confirmed Speakers:*

  • Alvaro Alemán, Minister of the Presidency, Panama
  • Dulcidio de la Guardia, Minister of Economy and Finance, Panama @ddelaguardia @MEFPANAMA
  • Augusto Arosemena, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Panama @A_Arosemena_M @MICIPTY (Download his presentation)
  • Emanuel Arturo González-Revilla, Panamanian Ambassador to the U.S. @EmbPanama_US
  • Aristides Chiriatti, General Manager of Colon Import & Export, and President of the American Chamber of Commerce of Panama
  • Bernerd Da Santos, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, The AES Corporation @TheAESCorp
  • Joseph Fidanque III, General Manager, Tocumen
  • Leo González, Administrator, Agencia Panamá Pacífico @LeoLgonzalez @APP_GOB_PA
  • James Hardy, Executive Vice President of Global Operations, Under Armour
  • Thomas Kenna, President, Panama Canal Railway and Chairman, Association of American Chambers of Commerce of Latin America and the Caribbean (AACCLA)
  • Daniel Korn, Director of Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Latin America @MicrosoftLatam
  • Sandra Miró, Country Manager, DHL Panama
  • Ragnhild Melzi, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Luis Eduardo Ocando, Senior Partner, EY Panamá
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas @s_segal
  • Jose A. Zapata, General Manager for Central America & The Caribbean, Delta Air Lines

*Additional speakers to be confirmed.

This event is by invitation only. Space is limited.
Register at rsvp@as-coa.org

Event Information: María del Carmen Landa | mlanda@as-coa.org | 212-277-8387
Sponsorship Opportunities: Ana Calderon  | acalderon@as-coa.org | 212-277-8358
AS Individual Membership Info: Felipe Marin | fmarin@as-coa.org  | 212-277-8342
COA Corporate Membership Info: Natalia Williamson | nwilliamson@as-coa.org | 212-277-8374
Press Inquiries: mediarelations@as-coa.org

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Download a PDF of the agenda.

8:00 8:30 a.m.     Registration and Coffee

8:30 8:40 a.m.     Welcoming Remarks

  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Thomas Kenna, Chairman, Association for American Chambers of Commerce of Latin America and the Caribbean (AACCLA)

8:40 – 9:00 a.m.     Keynote: Economic Overview

9:00 – 9:55 a.m.     Panel: The Business Environment in Panama

  • Augusto Arosemena, Minister of Commerce and Industry
  • Alvaro Alemán, Minister of the Presidency
  • Dulcidio de la Guardia, Minister of Economy and Finance
  • Ragnhild Melzi, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (moderator)

Questions for discussion: What steps is Panama taking on policy and public investment to facilitate international trade and to further integrate its international services platform into global value chains? How is Panama strengthening its international financial services sector to meet the needs of local investors, transnational operators, and the international community? How is Panama’s government working in tandem with the private sector and academia to meet development challenges and expand opportunities for private investment? How is Panama capitalizing on logistics’ growing role in shaping the future of the country, while working to ensure sustained economic growth and further socioeconomic development?

9:55 – 10:55 a.m.     Panel: International Strategic Investors and Multinational Regional Operations in Panama

  • Bernerd Da Santos, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, The AES Corporation
  • Leo González, Administrator, Agencia Panamá Pacífico
  • James Hardy, Executive Vice President of Global Operations, Under Armour
  • Luis Eduardo Ocando, Senior Partner, EY Panamá (moderator)

Questions for discussion: What factors attract U.S.-based and international firms to develop projects like shared services, energy projects, distribution and logistics operations, infrastructure megaprojects, and more? Why is Panama, a relatively small economy with about 4 million people, swiftly becoming a Latin American powerhouse for investment attraction and an advantageous platform for serving regional and global markets? How are companies using Panama’s unique advantages and benefits to facilitate business in Latin America and beyond?

10:55 11:10 a.m.     Coffee Break

11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.  Panel: The Role of Information Technology in Logistics

  • Aristides Chiriatti, General Manager of Colon Import & Export, and President of the American Chamber of Commerce of Panama
  • Sandra Miró, Country Manager, DHL Panama
  • Jose A. Zapata, General Manager, Central America and the Caribbean, Delta Air Lines
  • Joseph Fidanque III, General Manager, Tocumen
  • Daniel Korn, Director of Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Latin America (moderator)

Questions for discussion: What are Panama’s unique connectivity advantages, and how are public- and private-sector leaders benefitting from Panama’s role as a bridge nation? How is Panama leveraging innovation and new technology to compete as a top-tier logistics center and further develop opportunities for investors in the sector?

12:10 – 12:30 p.m.      Keynote

  • Emanuel Arturo González-Revilla, Panamanian Ambassador to the U.S.