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August 24, 2017
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ARGENTINA: ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL PERSPECTIVES

Follow the discussion on Twitter: #CouncilARG | @ASCOA

In collaboration with: Asociación de Bancos de la Argentina (ABA), Asociación de Bancos Públicos y Privados de la República Argentina (ABAPPRA), Asociación de Bancos Argentinos (ADEBA), Asociación Empresaria Argentina (AEA), Cámara de Comercio de los Estados Unidos en Argentina (AmCham), Bolsa de Comercio de Buenos Aires (BCBA), Business 20 Argentina 2018 (B20),Consejo Empresarial de América Latina (CEAL), Endeavor Argentina (EA), IDEA - Instituto para el Desarrollo Empresarial de la Argentina, and Unión Industrial Argentina (UIA).

Americas Society and Council of the Americas, in partnership with the Argentine Chamber of Commerce, will host its fourteenth annual conference in Buenos Aires.  The conference will bring together key government officials, legislators, and private sector leaders to address Argentina’s economic outlook, as well as the country’s political prospects leading up to the October legislative elections.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Marcos Peña, Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers @marquitospena
  • Juan José Aranguren, Energy and Mining Minister (Download his presentation.)
  • Francisco Cabrera, Production Minister @cabrerafran
  • Nicolás Dujovne, Treasury Minister @NicoDujovne
  • Andrés Ibarra, Modernization Minister @andreshibarra
  • Juan Manuel Abal Medina, National Senator for the Province of Buenos Aires @juanabalmedina
  • Luciano Laspina, National Deputy for the Province of Santa Fe @LaspinaL
  • Rodolfo Urtubey, National Senator for the Province of Salta @tolourtubey
  • Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Mayor of the City of Buenos Aires @horaciorlarreta (Download his presentation.)
  • Francisco Alvarez-Demalde, Founding Partner, Riverwood Capital
  • Andrés R. Martínez, Bureau Chief, Bloomberg L.P. @Amartinez28R
  • Claudio Muruzabal, President, Latin America & The Caribbean, SAP @cmuruzabal
  • Julia Pomares, Executive Director, CIPPEC (Centre for the Implementation of Public Policies for Equity and Growth) @Juliapomares (Download her presentation.)
  • Roberto Sifón Arévalo, Managing Director, Lead Analytical Manager of Sovereigns & Public Finance Ratings in Latin America, S&P Global Ratings @SPGRatingsLatAm
  • Alejandro Werner, Director of the Western Hemisphere Department, International Monetary Fund @imfnews (Download his presentation.)
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas @s_segal
  • Jorge Luis Di Fiori, President, Cámara Argentina de Comercio y Servicios @CACteinforma

Registration Fee: US$180.00 for AS/COA, CAC, ABA, ABAPPRA, ADEBA, AEA, AmCham, BCBA, B20,CAC, CEAL, EA, IDEA, UIA, and other collaborating organizations;
US$250.00 for non-members.
Registration: Prior registration is required.

Complete this form to register.

Registration: Please email the registration form to council1@cac.com.ar or dbarreiro@cac.com.ar
Payment Options: In advance, in cash, or with Pago Fácil or Pago Mis Cuentas.

Event Information: Marina Martinez de Hoz | mdehoz@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8364
Sponsorship Opportunities: Ana Calderon | acalderon@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8358
COA Corporate Membership Information: Mila Fontana | mfontana@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8331
Note: To view a list of COA corporate members, please click here.
AS Individual Membership Information: Felipe Marin | fmarin@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8342
Press Inquiries: mediarelations@as-coa.org
Cancellation: Please contact council1@cac.com.ar / dbarreiro@cac.com.ar / fromano@cac.com.ar / avalentini@cac.com.ar, before 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 23.

Marcos Peña

Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers, Argentina

Marcos Peña has been Argentina’s chief of the cabinet of ministers since December 2015. Previously, he served as secretary general of the government of the City of Buenos Aires. Mr. Peña was also a deputy in the Buenos Aires City legislature between 2003 and 2007, representing the Republican Proposal party (PRO). He is a founding member of the PRO’s National Council. He has held positions in various NGOs, including the Center for the Implementation of Public Policies Promoting Equity and Growth (CIPPEC) and Poder Ciudadano. Mr.

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Juan José Aranguren

Minister of Energy and Mining, Argentina

Juan José Aranguren has been Argentina’s minister of energy and mining since December 2015. Previously, he served as president of Shell Argentina. He held several positions in Shell, from technical auditor in the Dock Sud refinery to economist at the Shell refinery in Geelong, Australia, as well as a number of managerial positions in Shell’s commercial wing in Latin America and Africa. In 1997, he was appointed vice president for supplies and marketing, and in 2000 he became vice president for the automobile market for the Southern Cone countries.

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Francisco Cabrera

Production Minister, Argentina

Francisco Cabrera has been Argentina’s minister of production since December 2015. In addition, he is also the president of Fundación Pensar. In 2007, he was appointed minister of economic development of the city of Buenos Aires; he was in this post during Mauricio Macri’s two consecutive terms as the head of government of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires. In 2002, he was the executive director of the newspaper La Nación and was a member of the board of the newspapers La Voz del Interior y Los Andes. Prior to working in the public sector, he worked at Hewlett-Packard.

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Luis Caputo

Finance Minister, Argentina

Luis Caputo has been Argentina’s minister of finance since December 2016. Previously, he served as secretary of finance of the Ministry of Treasury and Public Finances of Argentina from December 2015 to December 2016. Prior to this he was president of AXIS Sociedad Gerente de Fondos Comunes de Inversión, a company that manages mutual fund portfolios in Argentina. Mr. Caputo has also worked at Deutsche Bank as the president of Deutsche Bank in Argentina from 2003 to 2008 and head of Eastern European and Latin American Trading from 1998 to 2003.

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Nicolás Dujovne

Treasury Minister, Argentina

Nicolás Dujovne has been Argentina’s minister of the treasury since January 2017. He has extensive experience both in the private and public sectors. Before being appointed minister, he was director of the consulting firm Nicolás Dujovne & Asociados, where he advised Argentine as well as international companies and banks on macroeconomic issues. From 2001 to 2011, Mr. Dujovne served as chief economist at Banco Galicia.

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Jorge Faurie

Foreign Affairs Minister, Argentina

Jorge Faurie has been Argentina’s minister of foreign affairs since May 2017. He is a career diplomat and has been ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary since 1998. Prior to being appointed Minister, he served as Argentina's ambassador to France since 2015, and ambassador to Portugal from 2002 to 2012. He has held different positions at the Argentine embassies in Chile, Brazil, Romania, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and Venezuela. Among other posts, Amb.

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Andrés Ibarra

Modernization Minister, Argentina

Andrés Ibarra has served as Argentina’s minister of modernization since December 2015. Recently, in July 2017, his ministry took over the responsibilities of the Ministry of Communications. He has held various government positions including deputy secretary of economic, financial, and resource management, secretary of education, and secretary of human resources. He previously worked in the private sector including the sports club Boca Juniors, and held several positions at Correo Argentino (the argentine post office). Mr.

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Horacio Rodríguez Larreta

Mayor of the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Horacio Rodríguez Larreta is mayor of the City of Buenos Aires. He previously served as president of the Republican Proposal political party (PRO) and chief of staff for the city of Buenos Aires. Mr. Rodríguez Larreta joined the Tax Administration Department (DGI) as general director in 2001.

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Rodolfo Urtubey

National Senator for the Province of Salta, Argentina

Rodolfo Urtubey has been national senator for the province of Salta since December 2013. Previously, he spent over six years practicing as an independent lawyer, with specialization in criminal law. He has held different positions within the public sector. Among these, he was a federal judge in the Criminal Court No° 13 in the city of Buenos Aires from 1993 to 2004, and attorney general of the city of Buenos Aires from 1989 to 1993. Urtubey is a lawyer, gratuated from the Catholic University of Salta. 

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Juan Manuel Abal Medina

National Senator for the Province of Buenos Aires

Juan Manuel Abal Medina has been a senator for the province of Buenos Aires since December 2014. Previously, he served as ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Argentina to MERCOSUR and ALADI; chief of the cabinet of ministers from 2011 to 2013; secretary of public communications in 2011; secretary of public management from 2009 to 2011; secretary of Cabinet and Public Management from 2008 to 2009; and undersecretary of public management from 2005 to 2007.

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Luciano Laspina

National Deputy for the Province of Santa Fe

Luciano Laspina has been national deputy for the province of Santa Fe since 2014 and chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee of the Chamber of Deputies since 2015. Previously, he served as advisor to the president of Argentina’s Central Bank, as well as advisor to the Secretariat of Economic Policy of the Ministry of Economy. He also served as chief economist at Banco Ciudad de Buenos Aires.

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Francisco Alvarez-Demalde

Founding Partner, Riverwood Capital

Francisco Alvarez-Demalde is the founder and managing partner of Riverwood Capital, and head of Riverwood’s New York office and its Latin America efforts. Prior to establishing Riverwood, Mr. Alvarez-Demalde was an investment executive at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) and Eton Park, where he focused on private equity investments in the technology industry and other sectors in North America, Latin America, and other emerging markets.  Previously, he was with Goldman, Sachs & Co.

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Andrés R. Martinez

Bureau Chief, Bloomberg L.P.

Andrés R. Martinez is the Argentine bureau chief for Bloomberg based in Buenos Aires, where he covers Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. Throughout his career in Bloomberg, Mr. Martínez has reported from more than a dozen countries in four continents. Prior to moving to Argentina, he was Bloomberg’s bureau chief for West Africa from 2013 to 2016, based in Ghana, where he was responsible for the coverage of more than a dozen countries. Previously, from 2011 to 2013 he covered southern Africa’s governments and economy from the Johannesburg bureau, South Africa. Mr.

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Claudio Muruzábal

President, SAP Latin America & the Caribbean

Claudio Muruzábal has been president at SAP Latin America & the Caribbean since July 2015. He has more than 20 years of experience in the information technology industry. Before joining SAP, he served as the chief executive officer of NEORIS, an IT and business consulting company, for ten years. During that time, the company achieved global partner status with SAP. Throughout his 17-year career at NCR, Muruzábal also served as vice president of Teradata, NCR’s subsidiary in Latin America and the Caribbean, and held other numerous executive positions. Mr.

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Julia Pomares

Executive Director, CIPPEC (Center for the Implementation of Public Policy for Equity and Growth)

Julia Pomares has been Executive Director of CIPPEC since December 2015. Previously, she was the director of the organization’s institutional politics program. Ms. Pomares has worked at different levels of government in Argentina and abroad, including as an advisor to the office of the Deputy Prime Minister in the UK, as well as head of the monitoring and evaluation of Guatemala’s ‘electoral decentralization’.

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Roberto Sifón Arévalo

Managing Director and Lead Analytical Manager of Sovereigns & Public Finance Ratings in Latin America, S&P Global Ratings

Roberto Sifón Arévalo is managing director and lead analytical manager of Sovereigns and Public Finance Ratings in Latin America for S&P Global Ratings. He joined the group in 2003 and has since monitored sovereign credits, regional and local governments, and multilateral financial institutions in the region. Prior to joining Standard & Poor’s, Mr. Sifón Arévalo worked for Banco Santander Central Hispano and Banco Sudameris in Argentina.

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Alejandro Werner

Director of the Western Hemisphere Department, International Monetary Fund

Alejandro Werner is the director of the Western Hemisphere Department of the International Monetary Fund. Previously, he served as the head of corporate and investment banking at BBVA Bancomer, undersecretary and head of economic planning at Mexico’s Finance and Public Credit Secretariat, and director of economic studies at the Central Bank of Mexico. Werner has taught economics courses at the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid and at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2007.

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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. A passionate supporter of Latin America, she joined the organizations to implement a new strategic plan to renew and return the Society and Council to their historic position. 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.

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Jorge Luis Di Fiori

President, Chamber of Commerce and Services of Argentina

Jorge Luis Di Fiori is president of the Chamber of Commerce and Services of Argentina (CAC). He is also a consultant member of the Argentine Council for International Relations (CARI) and vice president of the Ibero-American Association of Chambers of Commerce (AICO) for the Southern Cone. In 2008 he was named regional secretary of AICO. In 2001 he was part of the Consulting Commission of Strategies for the Promotion of Foreign Trade by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Commerce, and Cult.

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Agenda

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Note: All times are in local Buenos Aires time (GMT -3), one hour ahead Eastern Time.

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.   Registration and Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.   

  • Susan Segal, President & CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Jorge Luis Di Fiori, President, Cámara Argentina de Comercio
  • Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Mayor of the City of Buenos Aires
  • Marcos Peña, Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers, Argentina

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.   

  • Nicolás Dujovne, Minister of the Treasury, Argentina

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.   

  • Alejandro Werner, Director of the Western Hemisphere Department of the International
    Monetary Fund (IMF)

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.   

  • Luis Caputo, Minister of Finance, Argentina

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.   

  • Francisco Cabrera, Minister of Production, Argentina

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.   Panel: Argentina’s Economic & Investment Outlook

  • Francisco Alvarez-Demalde, Founding Partner, Riverwood Capital
  • Claudio Muruzabal, President Latin America and The Caribbean, SAP
  • Roberto Sifón Arevalo, Managing Director, Lead Analytical Manager of Sovereigns & Public Finance Ratings in Latin America, S&P Global Ratings
  • Andrés Martínez, Bureau Chief, Bloomberg (moderator)

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.   

  • Juan José Aranguren, Minister of Energy and Mining, Argentina

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.   

  • Andrés Ibarra, Minister of Modernization, Argentina

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   

  • Jorge Faurie, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Argentina

12:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.   Panel: A Conversation on Argentina’s Legislative Agenda

  • Juan Manuel Abal Medina, National Senator for the Province of Buenos Aires
  • Luciano Laspina, National Deputy for the Province of Santa Fe
  • Rodolfo Urtubey, National Senator for the Province of Salta
  • Julia Pomares, Executive Director, Centro de Implementación de Políticas Públicas para la Equidad y el Crecimiento (CIPPEC) (moderator)

12:45 p.m.   Closing Remarks