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47th Annual Washington Conference on the Americas

Council of the Americas

May 9, 2017
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REGISTRATION: COA members $895, non-COA members $1,095

Council of the Americas will hold its 47th Annual Washington Conference on the Americas on May 9 at the U.S. Department of State.  

Our annual conference has traditionally featured presentations by the U.S. president, the secretary of state, foreign heads of state, cabinet officials from the hemisphere, and leaders of the business community. (View the 2016 conference report.)

The 2017 conference—the premier Washington event on the Americas—will again bring together the new U.S. administration and distinguished leaders from across the region to focus on the major policy issues affecting the hemisphere. Please make plans now to join us for this important event. 

Confirmed speakers:

  • Wilbur Ross, Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce @secretaryross
  • John Hickenlooper, Governor, State of Colorado @hickforco
  • Marco Rubio, Senator, U.S. Senate @marcorubio
  • Michael Barone, Senior Political Analyst, The Washington Examiner @MichaelBarone
  • Susan Glasser, Chief International Affairs Columnist, POLITICO @sbg1
  • Charles Lane, Editorial Writer, The Washington Post @ChuckLane1
  • Simon Rosenberg, President and Founder, NDN @SimonWDC
  • Demetri Sevastopulo, Washington Bureau Chief, Financial Times @dimi
  • Andrés Gluski, Chairman, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas @s_segal
  • Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas @ericfarns

Make your plans now to join us! To print the registration and email it, click hereFor registration or sponsorship information, please contact Stephanie Davis via phone at 202-659-8989 or email at sdavis@as-coa.org.

Follow the discussion on Twitter: #2017WCA | @ASCOA

Check out videos and summaries of the 2016 conference.

Agenda

Download the pdf.

11:0011:45 a.m.   Registration

12:00–1:35 p.m.   Keynote Luncheon (Benjamin Franklin Room)

Welcome and Introduction

  • Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

A moment of silence in honor of COA founder and patron David Rockefeller

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

Keynote 

  • Marco Rubio, U.S. Senator
  • Introduced by Andres Gluski, President and Chief Executive Officer, AES and Chairman, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Keynote

  • Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (invited)
  • Introduced by Francisco (Paco) Palmieri, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State

2:00–2:40 p.m.   A New Trade Agenda for the Americas (Loy Henderson Conference Room)

  • Wilbur Ross, Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Introduced by Richard Adkerson, CEO, Freeport-McMoRan

2:40–3:10 p.m.   A Governor's Perspective on Latin America

  • John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado
  • Interviewed by Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

3:10–4:10 p.m.   Washington Insiders (Loy Henderson Conference Room)

  • Michael Barone, Senior Political Analyst, The Washington Examiner
  • Susan Glasser, Chief International Affairs Columnist, POLITICO
  • Charles Lane, Editorial Writer, The Washington Post
  • Simon Rosenberg, President and Founder of NDN
  • Demetri Sevastopulo, Washington Bureau Chief, Financial Times (moderator)

4:10–4:40 p.m.   Networking Break (Delegates Lounge)

4:40–5:10 p.m.   Energy and Innovation (Loy Henderson Conference Room)

  • Rick Perry, Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy (invited)
  • Interviewed by Andres Gluski, President and CEO, AES and Chairman, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

5:10–5:40 p.m.   The North American Trade Agenda (Loy Henderson Conference Room)

  • François-Philippe Champagne, International Trade Minister, Canada (invited)
  • Introduced by Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

5:406:10 p.m.   Washington and the World

  • Speaker to be confirmed
  • Introduced by Ambassador John Negroponte, Vice Chairman, McLarty Associates and Chairman Emeritus, Americas Society/ Council of the Americas

6:10–8:00 p.m.   Networking Reception (Delegates Lounge)