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47th Annual Washington Conference on the Americas

Council of the Americas

May 9, 2017
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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. 

Speakers:

  • Wilbur Ross, Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce @secretaryross
  • John Hickenlooper, Governor, State of Colorado @hickforco
  • John  McCain, Senator, U.S. Senate @senjohnmccain
  • Marco Rubio, Senator, U.S. Senate @marcorubio (Watch the senator’s remarks)
  • Francisco Palmieri, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • François-Philippe Champagne, Minister, International Trade, Government of Canada
  • 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

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Agenda

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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
  • Francisco Palmieri, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Keynote Remarks

  • Marco Rubio, U.S. Senator and Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights and Global Women's Issues  (Watch the senator’s remarks)
  • Introduced by Andres Gluski, President and Chief Executive Officer, AES and Chairman, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

2:00–2:30 p.m.   Outlook on the Americas (Loy Henderson Conference Room)

  • Francisco Palmieri, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Introduced by Andres Gluski, President and Chief Executive Officer, AES and Chairman, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

2:30–3:00 p.m.   Building Regional Relationships: A View from the State House

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

3:00–3:30 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

3:30–4:00 p.m.   Networking Break (Delegates Lounge)

4:00–5:00 p.m.   The New Washington: A Conversation on What Comes Next (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)

5:00–5:30 p.m.  Inclusive Trade and Prosperity Across the Hemisphere (Loy Henderson Conference Room)

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

5:306:00 p.m.   Washington and the World

  • John McCain, U.S. Senator and Chairman, Senate Committee on Armed Services
  • Introduced by John Negroponte, Chairman Emeritus, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

6:00–7:30 p.m.   Networking Reception (Delegates Lounge)