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48th Annual Washington Conference on the Americas

Council of the Americas

May 8, 2018
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READ THE 2018 CONFERENCE REPORT.

WATCH AMBASSADOR NIKKI HALEY'S REMARKS.

READ HER REMARKS.

WATCH THE PERISCOPE OF MARCO RUBIO'S REMARKS.


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Council of the Americas will hold its forty-eighth annual conference May 8, 2018, at the U.S. Department of State.

Our annual conferences have traditionally featured presentations by the president, the secretary of state, foreign heads of state, cabinet officials from the hemisphere, and leaders of the business community. View the 2017 conference report.

The 2018 Washington Conference on the Americas, the premier Washington event on the Americas, will bring together U.S. administration senior officials and distinguished leaders from across the Americas to focus on the major policy issues affecting the hemisphere. Please make plans now to join us for this important event.

Speakers:

  • Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations @nikkihaley @USUN
  • Rick Perry, U.S. Secretary of Energy @SecretaryPerry @Energy
  • Wilbur Ross, U.S. Secretary of Commerce @secretaryross @CommerceGov
  • John J. Sullivan, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State @StateDept
  • Robert Menendez, U.S. Senator (D-NJ) @SenatorMenendez
  • Marco Rubio, U.S. Senator (R-FL) @marcorubio
  • Benjamin Sasse, U.S. Senator (R-NE) @BenSasse
  • Marcello Estevão, Secretary for International Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Brazil @MarcelloEstevao @FazendaGovBr
  • Philippe Le Houérou, Chief Executive Officer, International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group
  • David Malpass, Undersecretary for International Affairs, U.S. Department of Treasury @USTreasury
  • Ted McKinney, Undersecretary of Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, U.S. Department of Agriculture @USDA
  • Francisco Palmieri, Acting Assistant Secretary, Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State @WHAAsstSecty
  • John Markels, President, Latin America, Merck @JohnMarkels @Merck
  • Maria Pica Karp, Vice President and General Manager, Government Affairs, Chevron @Chevron
  • Shery Ahn, Anchor, Bloomberg TV @SheryAhnNews @BloombergTV
  • Shawn Donnan, World Trade Editor, Financial Times @sdonnan @FT
  • John Negroponte, Chairman Emeritus, Council of the Americas @ASCOA
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Council of the Americas @s_segal @ASCOA
  • Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Council of the Americas @ericfarns @ASCOA

Download the conference brochure and registration form.

Learn more about our past conferences.

Watch Wilbur Ross speaking at our 2017 conference.

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


Caption: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, and U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. (Images: U.S. Government)

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Agenda

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11:00 to 11:45 a.m.   Registration

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

Welcome and Introduction

  • Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Council of the Americas
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Council of the Americas
  • Francisco Palmieri, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Keynote Remarks

  • Nikki Haley, Ambassador, U.S. Mission to the United Nations
  • Introduced by John Negroponte, Chairman Emeritus, Council of the Americas

1:55 to 2:20 p.m.   Outlook on the Region: The View from the State Department (Loy Henderson Conference Room)

  • John J. Sullivan, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of State
  • Introduced by Francisco Palmieri

2:20 to 3:15 p.m.   Future Drivers for Regional Growth

  • Marcello Estevão, Secretary for International Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Brazil
  • Philippe Le Houérou, Chief Executive Officer, International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group
  • David Malpass, Undersecretary for International Affairs, U.S. Department of Treasury
  • Shawn Donnan, World Trade Editor, Financial Times (moderator)

3:15 to 3:40 p.m.   Energy Integration in the Americas 

  • Rick Perry, Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Introduced by Maria Pica Karp, Vice President and General Manager, Government Affairs, Chevron

3:40 to 4:05 p.m.   Networking Break
  
4:05 to 4:30 p.m.   The State of Democracy in the Western Hemisphere 

  • Robert Menendez, U.S. Senator (D-NJ), Ranking Minority Member, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
  • Introduced by Susan Segal

4:30 to 4:55 p.m.   A New Trade Agenda for the Americas

  • Wilbur Ross, Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Introduced by John Markels, President, Latin America, Merck

4:55 to 5:20 p.m.   Trade and Agriculture in the Americas

  • Ted McKinney, Undersecretary of Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Shery Ahn, Anchor, Bloomberg Television (moderator)

5:20 to 5:45 p.m.   Future Directions for Global Trade

  • Benjamin Sasse, U.S. Senator (R-NE), Chairman, Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance
  • Introduced by Eric Farnsworth

6:00 to 7:00 p.m.   Closing Reception (Delegates Lounge)

  • Marco Rubio, U.S. Senator (R-FL), Chairman, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere
  • Introduced by Andrés Gluski, Chairman, Council of the Americas