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43rd Annual Washington Conference on the Americas

Council of the Americas

May 07, 2013

Events


Read the report on the 43rd Annual Washington Conference.

Click the blog to access other conference materials.


May 7 Opening Reception: Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009

May 8 Conference: U.S. State Department, 2201 C Street (23rd Street entrance), Washington, DC 20001

Speakers:

  • Richard Adkerson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold
  • Rebecca Blank, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Joe R. Biden, Jr., Vice President of the United States (Remarks will be webcast live)
  • Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Managing Director, The World Bank
  • Roberta Jacobson, Assistant Secretary, Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State (Remarks will be webcast live)
  • Anthony Kennedy, Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court
  • Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Special Advisor, U.S. Department of State
  • John McCain, Senator, U.S. Senate
  • Richard McGregor, Washington Bureau Chief, Financial Times
  • Janet Napolitano, Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Remarks will be webcast live)
  • Martin O’Malley, Governor, State of Maryland
  • Ray Suarez, Senior Correspondent, PBS NewsHour

How will the Obama administration respond to the opportunities and challenges in Latin America during a second term? What role will the new Congress play in regional affairs? What are the prospects for strengthened economic recovery in the United States, and how will this impact hemispheric growth? Is progress likely on critical issues like the trade agenda and immigration?

Participants had the opportunity to hear from and engage top-level government and business officials on these and other issues in a Davos-style interview format for speakers. Click "BLOG" in the blue bar above for conference materials.

43rd Annual Washington Conference Blog

Get highlights and read summaries of our annual conference below, featuring remarks by top-level U.S. officials representing the executive, legislative, and judiciary branches talking about immigration, security, and U.S.-Latin American relations.

Vice President Joe Biden on U.S. Priorities for the Americas

Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 | By Rachel Glickhouse

"The Western Hemisphere has always mattered to the United States, but I think it matters more today because it has more potential than any time in American history,” said the vice president, addressing COA's Washington Conference. ... Read More

U.S. Senator John McCain on Security, Immigration Reform, and Economic Integration

Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 | By Carin Zissis

“I would submit to you today that with each passing year…the main goal for all of us is how we increasingly lift our common sights and focus our common efforts beyond our hemisphere," said the senator, who was honored by COA's 2013 Chairman's Leadership Award. ... Read More

Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano on Security Policy and Immigration Reform

Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 | By Rachel Glickhouse

"We’re going to keep evolving because the environment in which we exist is not static," said the secretary in a discussion with AS/COA President and CEO Susan Segal. ... Read More

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley on Trade, Immigration Reform, and U.S. Competitiveness

Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 | By Rachel Glickhouse

O'Malley discussed the importance of Latin America to U.S. trade, as well as how U.S. immigration reform can improve competitiveness. ... Read More

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Anthony Kennedy on Rule of Law in the Americas

Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 | By Rachel Glickhouse

The Supreme Court justice spoke about the most important factors that encompass the rule of law. ... Read More

Panel - Latin America and the Global Economy: U.S. and International Perspectives

Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 | By Carin Zissis

Panelists explored what Latin America’s growing economies mean on the global stage, with topics ranging from the region’s growing middle class to comparisons with Asia. ... Read More

Opening Remarks: Assistant Secretary of State of Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson

Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 | By Carin Zissis

During the opening remarks of the 2013 Washington Conference on the Americas, Jacobson shared her perspective after having joined President Barack Obama during his May 2-4 trip to Mexico and Costa Rica. ... Read More

Video: Highlights of the 43rd Annual Washington Conference on the Americas

July 03, 2013

COA's conference gave an overview of the opportunities for U.S.-Latin American relations, as well as the hemisphere's place in the global economy....

Video: Vice President Joe Biden on U.S. Priorities for the Americas

May 08, 2013

During his remarks at the 2013 Washington Conference on the Americas, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden gave an overview of U.S. priorities for the Americas....

Audio: Anthony Kennedy, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

In a conversation with PBS' Ray Suárez, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy discussed the importance of rule of law in both the United States and abroad....

Read More

Video: Opening Remarks - Assistant Secretary of State of Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson

May 08, 2013

During the 2013 Washington Conference on the Americas, Jacobson shared her perspective after having joined President Barack Obama during his May 2-4 trip to Mexico and Costa Rica....

Video: Senator John McCain Keynote Remarks

May 08, 2013

During the 2013 Washington Conference on the Americas, U.S. Senator John McCain addressed security, immigration reform, and economic integration...

Video: Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano on Security Policy and Immigration Reform

May 08, 2013

During her remarks, Napolitano discussed evolving methods to tackle security challenges, as well as immigration reform....

Video: Governor Martin O’Malley on Trade, Immigration Reform, and U.S. Competitiveness

May 08, 2013

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley discussed the importance of Latin America to U.S. trade, as well as how immigration reform can improve competitiveness....

Video: Panel - Latin America and the Global Economy

May 08, 2013

Panelists explored what Latin America’s growing economies mean on the global stage, with topics ranging from the region’s growing middle class to comparisons with Asia....

Download a PDF of the agenda.

Tuesday, May 7Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C.

5:30-7:00pm: Opening Reception

Wednesday, May 8:  U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

8:00-8:40am:  Continental Breakfast and Registration

8:40-8:45am:  Welcome and Introduction (Live webcast of the opening remarks available.)

  • Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Council of the Americas
  • John Negroponte, Chairman, Council of the Americas                             

8:45-9:00am:  Roberta Jacobson, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs (Live webcast of Jacobson's remarks available.)

9:00-9:30am:  Security, Competitiveness, and Immigration Reform (Live webcast of Napolitano's remarks available.)

  • Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security
  • Interviewed by Susan Segal, President and CEO, Council of the Americas

9:30-10:00am:  Martin O’Malley, Governor of Maryland

  • Interviewed by Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Special Advisor, Department of State

10:00-10:30am:  Coffee Break

10:30-11:30am:  Opportunity and Growth: Where Does Latin America Fit in the Global Economy?

  • Rebecca Blank, Deputy Secretary of Commerce
  • Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Managing Director of the World Bank 
  • Richard Adkerson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold
  • Moderated by Richard McGregor, Financial Times

11:30-12:00pm:  Rule of Law in the Americas

  • Anthony Kennedy, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
  • Interviewed by Ray Suarez, Senior Correspondent, PBS NewsHour

12:00-12:30pm:  The United States and the Hemisphere: Priorities for the Second Term (Live webcast of Biden's remarks available.)

  • Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States
  • Introduced by John Negroponte

12:30-1:00pm:  Relocate to Ben Franklin Diplomatic Reception Hall

1:00-2:30pm:  Keynote Luncheon

  • John McCain, Senator
  • Introduced by John Negroponte