For almost 50 years, the Council of the Americas’ annual Washington Conference on the Americas has been the premier event on the region, bringing together presidents, secretaries and ministers, and the most senior leaders of the public and private sectors. This annual conference is a platform for the top government, industry, and policy leaders in the hemisphere to discuss and debate the state of regional affairs with a business-relevant focus. Each year, some 250 of the hemisphere’s leading public- and private-sector experts convene to compare notes with their colleagues and set an agenda for the year ahead.
At the 47th Annual Washington Conference of the Americas, AS/COA Chairman Emeritus John Negroponte interviewed U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ). McCain discussed everything from deteriorating human rights situation in Venezuela, to the dangers of negating the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement, known as NAFTA, with Mexico and Canada. ... Play Video
"The solution to Venezuela is one election away," said the Florida senator. ... Play Video
“We do not seek a trade war, least of all with our fellow citizens of the Americas,” said the U.S. secretary of commerce. ... Play Video
Champagne made the case for a progressive trade agenda and addressed recent U.S. tariffs on lumber. ... Play Video