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45th Annual Washington Conference on the Americas

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

April 20 - 21, 2015
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INTEGRATION & INNOVATION: THE AMERICAS AGENDA

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Please make plans to join us on April 20 and 21, 2015, for the 45th Annual Washington Conference on the Americas. Taking place immediately following the Summit of the Americas in Panama, this year’s theme is Integration & Innovation: The Americas Agenda, and will focus on fostering sustainable growth and regional integration in the Western Hemisphere.   

The Washington Conference on the Americas is the premier event on the region. Each year, this conference offers an excellent opportunity to hear from the most senior-level officials and engage with over 250 business and policy leaders, members of the diplomatic community, and media representatives from throughout the hemisphere.

Given the dramatic recent changes in U.S. policy and the many additional currents impacting the region, this year’s conference is not to be missed.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Juan Orlando Hernández, President of Honduras (confirmed)
  • Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey (confirmed)
  • John Kerry, Secretary of State (confirmed)
  • Anthony Foxx, Secretary of Transportation (confirmed)
  • Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy (confirmed)
  • Bruce Andrews, Deputy Secretary of Commerce (confirmed)
  • Roberta Jacobson, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs (confirmed)
  • Eduardo Caride, Chief Executive Officer, Telefónica Hispanoamérica (confirmed)
  • Angel Cabrera, President, George Mason University (confirmed)
  • Omar Ishrak, Chief Executive Officer, Medtronic (confirmed)
  • Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the Inter-American Development Bank (confirmed)
  • Robert Mosbacher, Jr., Chairman, Mosbacher Energy (confirmed)
  • Megan Murphy, Financial Times Washington Bureau Chief (confirmed)
  • John Negroponte, Chairman, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (confirmed)
  • Susan Segal, President & CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (confirmed)
  • Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (confirmed)

Make your plans now to join us! Register Now.

View last year’s conference report and videos of speaker presentations.

For registration or sponsorship information, please contact the Council of the Americas via phone at 202-659-8989 or email: sdavis@as-coa.org

Blog: 45th Washington Conference on the Americas

Get summaries, videos, remarks, and more from the 45th Washington Conference on the Americas. 

IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno on the Summit of the Americas and Hemispheric Integration

Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | By Holly K. Sonneland

Moreno discusses recent development from the Summit in Panama and the role of innovation in the hemisphere's development.  ... Read More

Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz on Energy Innovation in the Western Hemisphere

Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | By Christian Gómez, Jr.

The secretary gave an overview of the impact of falling oil prices, climate change, integration opportunities, and knowledge sharing in the Americas. ... Read More

Secretary of State John Kerry on the Western Hemisphere's "Extraordinary Moment"

Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | By Holly K. Sonneland

The secretary gave an overview of the Americas agenda, underscoring democracy as a uniting philosophy for the region. ... Read More

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx on Promoting Innovation in Infrastructure and Transportation

Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | By Christian Gómez, Jr.

Foxx used the model of the Panama Canal as "an example of how the international community can ‘out-innovate’ transportation problems." ... Read More

Panel: Innovation as a Driver of Development in the Americas

Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | By Holly K. Sonneland

Experts discuss examples of research and technology boosting growth in the public and private sector. ... Read More

Chris Christie's Take on Cuba, North American Ties, and Immigration

Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | By Christian Gómez, Jr.

The New Jersey governor shared his perspectives on Washington’s policy on energy and Latin America. ... Read More

Keynote: President Juan Orlando Hernández on Honduras’ Upward Trend

Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | By Christian Gómez, Jr.

The Honduran president points to improving job numbers and reduced crime in the country, along with opportunities for Central American integration. ... Read More

Video: John Kerry at COA's 45th Annual Washington Conference on the Americas

April 21, 2015

Watch U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry remarks on trade, climate change, and democracy in the Western Hemisphere....

Video: NJ's Chris Christie on a U.S. View of Western Hemisphere Integration

April 23, 2015

AS/COA's Susan Segal interviewed the governor during the COA's 45th Annual Washington Conference of the Americas....

Video: Secretary Ernest Moniz on Energy Innovation in the Americas

April 27, 2015

The U.S. energy secretary spoke about integrating the region, natural gas, renewables, and the declining price of oil....

Download a PDF copy of the agenda.

Monday, April 20       Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C.

5:30-7:00 pm              Opening Reception (For conference attendees, senior diplomats, and government officials)

  • Roberta Jacobson, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State

 

Tuesday, April 21       U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

8:00-9:00 am              Continental Breakfast and Registration

9:00-9:15 am              Welcome and Introduction

  • Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Council of the Americas
  • John Negroponte, Chairman, Council of the Americas
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Council of the Americas                                

9:15-9:40 am              The Summit of the Americas and Hemispheric Integration

  • Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Interviewed by: Susan Segal

9:40-10:00 am              Energy Innovation in the Western Hemisphere

  • Ernest Moniz, Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Interviewed by: Robert Mosbacher, Jr., Chairman, Mosbacher Energy

10:00-10:30 am              U.S. Policy in the Western Hemisphere

  • John Kerry, Secretary, U.S. Department of State
  • Introduced by: Roberta Jacobson

10:30-10:50 am          Networking Break

10:50-11:05 am          Promoting Innovation in Infrastructure and Transportation

  • Anthony Foxx, Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Introduced by: Eric Farnsworth

11:05 am-12:25 pm    Innovation as a Driver of Development in the Americas

  • Bruce Andrews, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Ángel Cabrera, President, George Mason University
  • Eduardo Caride, Chief Executive Officer, Telefónica Hispanoamérica
  • Omar Ishrak, Chief Executive Officer, Medtronic
  • Moderated by: Megan Murphy, Washington Bureau Chief, Financial Times

12:25 pm-12:50 pm      A View from the States

  • Chris Christie, Governor, State of New Jersey
  • Interviewed by: Susan Segal

12:50-1:15 pm            Relocate to Ben Franklin Diplomatic Reception Hall

1:15-2:30 pm              Keynote Luncheon

  • Juan Orlando Hernández, President, Republic of Honduras
  • Interviewed by: John Negroponte