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2014 Latin American Cities Conferences – Guatemala: Regional Leadership

Guatemala's Culture Palace in Guatemala City

(Image: Gus MacLeod)

August 05, 2014

Nueva York, August 5, 2014—With GDP growth of 3.5 percent last year and policies that make it easier to establish and run businesses, Guatemala is sparking interest in the international community. Over the past decade, foreign direct investment to the country has grown by around 376 percent. In an increasingly globalized world, Guatemala aims to be at the center of regional integration and leadership while taking significant steps toward economic and social development, furthering the well-being of its citizens.

In light of the growing interest in the country, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA), in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala and Fundación para el Desarrollo de Guatemala (FUNDESA), will present their first Latin American Cities Conferences in Guatemala City on Thursday, August 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This conference will be broadcast live.

A distinguished group of government officials, business leaders, and economists will discuss Guatemala’s development and subsequent role in regional integration, with a focus on the economy, security, and investment. The list of confirmed speakers to participate in the event include Otto Pérez Molina, President, Guatemala; Luis Fernando Carrera Castro, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Guatemala; Sergio de la Torre, Minister of Economy, Guatemala; Juan Carlos Paiz, Presidential Commissioner for Competitiveness and Investment, Guatemala; Vanessa Rubio, Undersecretary for Latin America and the Caribbean, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Mexico; Felipe Bosch, President, FUNDESA; Juan Carlos Zapata, Executive Director, FUNDESA; Susan Segal, President and CEO, AS/COA; Osman Rodríguez, CEO, Telefónica Centroamérica; Fernando Bolaños, CEO, AgroAmerica; Oscar Calvo González, Chief Economist for Central America, World Bank; Jorge Mario Mendoza, Senior Manager, Operations, Guatemala and Costa Rica, FedEx; Alexandra Aguirre, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP; Orlando Lopez, Country Manager, Enel Green Power; and Bernardo Chacin, Country Officer, Citi Guatemala. 

Visit for the complete agenda, blog, and live webcast of the conference.
The webcast begins Thursday, August 14, 2014, 9:00 a.m. local time, 11:00 a.m. EDT.
Get live updates on Twitter via @ASCOA and #guatenfoco

Tune into the live webcast here.

2014 Latin American Cities Conferences — Guatemala City
Guatemala: Regional Leadership

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Registration: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Conference: 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Westin Camino Real Hotel
14 Calle 0-20
Guatemala City, Guatemala
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