Augusto Arosemena at AS/COA's 2016 Panama City Conference

(Photo: Joel Chang)


2016 Panama City Conference - Beyond the Canal: Logistics as an Engine of Growth

Economy and commerce ministers will take part in the June 29 conference, focused on logistics and infrastructure investment.

New York, June 27, 2016—Panama’s economy grew by almost 6 percent in 2015 and it looks set to continue leading Latin America and the Caribbean this year, according to the Inter-American Development Bank. Even though public spending will drop while the canal expansion nears its completion this month, logistics will play an important role in the country’s economy as investments in infrastructure have proven critical to high growth.

Americas Society/Council of the Americas, in partnership with Panama’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry, will hold its Latin American Cities Conferences series in Panama City on Wednesday, June 29, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. “Beyond the Canal: Logistics as an Engine of Growth” will focus on the opportunities for international investors and the steps that must be taken to execute a national logistics plan to ensure sustainable growth. See the agenda here. This conference will be live webcast.

Confirmed speakers include: Augusto Arosemena, Minister of Commerce and Industry; Dulcidio de la Guardia, Minister of Economy and Finance; Miguel Bolinaga, Country Manager, AES Panama; Juan Carlos Croston, Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Manzanillo International Terminal; John D. Feeley, U.S. Ambassador to Panama; Joseph Fidanque III, General Manager, Tocumen International Airport; Emanuel Arturo González-Revilla, Ambassador of Panama to the U.S.; Leo González, Administrator, Agencia Panamá Pacífico; Irvin A. Halman, General Administrator, National Authority of Government Innovation; Daniel Korn, Director of Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Latin America; Humberto López, Director for Central America, The World Bank; Susana Pinilla, Representative Director in Panama, CAF – Development Bank of Latin America; Francisco Rios, Centre Director, IE Singapore; Gustavo Ripoll, Executive Director for Central America and the Caribbean, Dell; Isaac Suarez, Country Director, Telefónica Panamá; Mauricio Tarazona, Head of Treasury & Trade Solutions, Citi Panama; Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas; and Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas.

Tune into the live webcast here.

2016 Latin American Cities Conferences
Beyond the Canal: Logistics as an Engine of Growth

Thursday, June 29, 2016
Registration: 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
Presentations: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Hilton Panamá
Balboa Avenida y Aquilino de la Guardia
Panama City
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