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2014 Latin American Cities Conferences: Guatemala City

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

August 14, 2014
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GUATEMALA: REGIONAL LEADERSHIP

In collaboration with: Cámara de Comercio de los Estados Unidos en Guatemala (AmCham) and Cámara de Industria de Guatemala (CIG)

Americas Society/Council of the Americas hosted its first Latin American Cities Conference in Guatemala City in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala and Fundesa. Guatemala has recently sparked interest within the international business community because of its 3.5 percent GDP growth in 2013 as well as the significant steps taken by the country to improve the well-being of its citizens. In an increasingly globalized world, Guatemala will be an important leader as the region continues to further integrate.

This conference focused on Guatemala’s role as a regional leader and its development as an economy of interest for investment. A distinguished group of internationally recognized business leaders, government officials, economists, and journalists discussed Guatemala’s development and subsequent role in regional integration, with a focus on the economy, security, and investment.

Speakers:

  • Otto Pérez Molina, President, Guatemala
  • Luis Fernando Carrera Castro, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Guatemala
  • Sergio de la Torre, Minister of Economy, Guatemala (Download his presentation)
  • Mauricio López Bonilla, Minister of the Interior, Guatemala
  • Juan Carlos Paiz, Presidential Commissioner for Competitiveness and Investment, Guatemala
  • Alexandra Aguirre, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Fernando Bolaños, CEO, AgroAmerica
  • Felipe Bosch, President, FUNDESA
  • Luis Fernando Carrera Castro, Minister of Foreign Relations, Guatemala
  • Bernardo Chacin, Country Officer, Citi Guatemala
  • Enrique Godoy, Journalist, Canal Antigua
  • Oscar Calvo González, Chief Economist for Central America, World Bank
  • Orlando López, Country Manager, Enel Green Power
  • Mauricio Medina Hernandez, Business Development Manager, ICA International
  • Jorge Mario Mendoza, Senior Manager, Operations, Guatemala and Costa Rica, FedEx
  • Luis Pellecer, Journalist, Grupo Albavisión
  • Osman Rodríguez, CEO, Telefónica Centroamérica
  • Vanessa Rubio, Undersecretary for Latin America and the Caribbean, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Mexico
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Juan Carlos Zapata, Executive Director, FUNDESA
     

Event Information: Ernesto Aguilar | eaguilar@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8393
Sponsorship Opportunities: María Otero | mgarciaotero@as-coa.org  | 1-212-277-8373
COA Corporate Membership Information: Monica Vieira | mvieira@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8344
Press Inquiries: Adriana La Rotta | alarotta@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8384

 

Guatemala 2014 Blog: Regional Leadership

The conference will focus on Guatemala’s role as a regional leader and its development as an economy of interest for investment. 

Guatemala 2014 Blog: President Pérez Molina's Remarks

Posted on Thursday, August 14, 2014 | By Rachel Glickhouse

President Otto Pérez Molina highlighted recent security, infrastructure, and integration efforts in Guatemala, and renewed his government's commitment toward further development. ... Read More

Guatemala 2014 Blog: Sergio de la Torre and Investment Panel

Posted on Thursday, August 14, 2014 | By Luisa Leme

Economy Minister Sergio de la Torre gave an overview on Guatemala's economic progress, followed by an expert panel on the topic.  ... Read More

Guatemala 2014 Blog: Interior Minister Mauricio López Bonilla and Panel on Development and Security

Posted on Thursday, August 14, 2014 | By Luisa Leme

Guatemala’s Interior Minister Mauricio López Bonilla opened a panel that focused on the development and security issues the country faces.  ... Read More

Guatemala 2014 Blog: The World Bank's Oscar Calvo González and Development and Regional Integration Panel

Posted on Thursday, August 14, 2014 | By Luisa Leme

Calvo González analyzed Central America's transportation infrastructure, while a group of experts offered their insights on the region's integration.  ... Read More

Guatemala 2014 Blog: Opening Remarks

Posted on Thursday, August 14, 2014 | By Elizabeth Gonzalez

The 2014 Guatemala Conference opened with remarks from AS/COA’s Susan Segal, Foreign Relations Viceminister Rodrigo Vielmann, and FUNDESA’s Felipe Bosch. ... Read More

Guatemala 2014 Blog: Infographic on Guatemala's Economic Profile

Posted on Thursday, August 7, 2014 | By Elizabeth Gonzalez

The Central American country’s economy grew 127 percent over the last decade, while foreign direct investment nearly doubled over the past four years. ... Read More

Guatemala 2014 Blog: Encouraging Investment and Entrepreneurship

Posted on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 | By Brendan O'Boyle

With a series of new measures and legislative action, Guatemala's government aims to attract foreign direct investment and facilitate new businesses. ... Read More

Guatemala 2014 Blog: Interview with Fundesa's Juan Carlos Zapata

Posted on Friday, August 1, 2014 | By Luisa Leme

The Central American country's private sector should have a role in social inclusion efforts, Zapata says. ... Read More

Felipe Bosch Gutiérrez

President, FUNDESA

Felipe Bosch Gutiérrez es presidente de Losa Inversiones y de la Fundación para el Desarrollo de Guatemala (FUNDESA). Es miembro de la junta directiva y presidente de la Comisión Estratégica de Corporación Multi Inversiones, en la cual Losa Inversiones es una de las dos empresas matriz. Bosch Gutiérrez fue presidente del Encuentro Nacional de Empresarios (ENADE). También fue presidente del Comité de Asociaciones Agrícolas, Comerciales, Industriales y Financieras (CACIF) en 2003.

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Oscar Calvo González

Chief Economist for Central America, World Bank

Oscar Calvo-González is the chief economist for Central America and the sector leader of the Poverty Reduction department for Latin America and the Caribbean in the World Bank. Prior to his current positions, he was the chief economist for Peru and a member of the economic teams for Bolivia, Azerbaijan and Turkey. Before moving to the World Bank in 2006, Calvo-González worked as an economist at the European Central Bank.

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Luis Fernando Carrera Castro

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Guatemala

Luis Fernando Carrera Castro is the minister of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala. Prior to his current position, he was head of the Presidential Secretariat for Planning and Programing. Between 2010 and 2011, Carrera Castro was executive director of the Soros Foundation in Guatemala. He was also executive director of the Central America Institute for Fiscal Studies (ICEFI). He began working with the United Nations (UN) in 1994 through the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and eventually became the fund’s deputy representative to Ecuador, Cape Verde and Panama.

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Bernardo J. Chacín

Country Officer, Citi Guatemala

Bernardo J. Chacín S. has worked as the Citi country officer (CCO) of Guatemala since November 2011, where he is responsible for the franchise and oversight of several legal vehicles, including Citibank N.A. Guatemala Branch and Banco Citibank de Guatemala, S.A. He is directly involved in all businesses with presence in the country that relate to Global Consumer Group and its Retail, Cards, and Citi Commercial Bank businesses and Institutional Client Group.

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Sergio de la Torre Gimeno

Minister of Economy of Guatemala

Sergio de la Torre Gimeno has served as the minister of economy of Guatemala since January 2012. He also has longstanding professional experience in the private sector. Prior to his current position, Minister de la Torre was the president of the Editorial Council of the Guatemalan Chamber of Industry, a member of the Economic Commission of the Coordinating Committee of Agricultural, Commercial, Industrial, and Financial Associations (CACIF), and the president of Guatemala’s Chamber of Industry.

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Mauricio Medina Hernández

Business Development Manager, ICA International

Mauricio Medina Hernández is a Business Development manager in ICA International (ICA). As such, he is responsible for coordinating and developing new foreign construction projects for the firm. Prior to joining ICA, Medina occupied various positions in mortgage institutions, including Corporate Accounts manager and Real Estate Projects manager. At the start of his career, he worked with Banamex-Citigroup in evaluating real estate assets and developments. Medina is a graduate from Universidad Iberoamericana, where he studied Civil Engineering.

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Orlando López

Country Manager, Enel Green Power

Orlando López is the country manager of Enel Green Power Guatemala. He joined the company in 2005 working in the finance and management control area. Before his time at Enel Green Power, López spent 13 years in the financial sector, notably in banking.  He has also occupied management positions in the renewable energy sector of Guatemala, Panama and Brazil. López received a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a focus on economics and finance from INCAE Business School. 

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Jorge Mario Mendoza

Senior Manager, Operations, Guatemala and Costa Rica, FedEx

Jorge Mario Mendoza is senior manager of operations for Guatemala and Costa Rica for the FedEx Express Latin America and Caribbean Division. He began his FedEx career in 2000 as country manager for Guatemala. Previously, Mendoza worked as an engineer creating and improving the performance of distribution routes as well as an operational manager in a logistics company. He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala and has a Master’s degree in Operational Investigation from Universidad Francisco Marroquín.

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Juan Carlos Paíz

Presidential Commissioner for Competitiveness and Investment, Guatemala

Juan Carlos Paíz has occupied the position of presidential commissioner for Competitiveness and Investment in Guatemala since 2010. He was also recently appointed commissioner for the Millennium Challenge Corporation by President Pérez Molina. As an entrepreneur, Paíz is the co-founder and president of Pani-Fresh, a bakery that supplies the restaurant industry in 20 countries throughout Latin America. As an academic, he is a professor in the Faculty of Economics at the Universidad Francisco Marroquín.

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Otto Fernando Pérez Molina

President, Guatemala

Otto Fernando Pérez Molina has been the president of the Republic of Guatemala since 2012. He was one of the founders of the Partido Patriota in 2001 and worked as the party’s secretary general. In 2004 he became a member of the Guatemalan Congress. Pérez Molina retired from the Guatemalan military in 2000 after a long career, earning the highest military honor by receiving the Cross of the Guatemalan Military. Prior to retiring, he was head of the Guatemalan Delegation to the Inter-American Defense Board in Washington, D.C.

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Vanessa Rubio Márquez

Undersecretary for Latin America and the Caribbean, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Mexico

Vanessa Rubio Márquez was appointed undersecretary for Latin America and the Caribbean by the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, in 2013. She previously worked for the National Commission for the Retirement Savings System, where she was director general for Communication and Institutional Relations as well as secretary of the Board of Directors and of the Advisory Committee. Rubio held various positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, namely deputy director general for Economic Cooperation.

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Susan Segal

President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Susan Segal was elected president and CEO of the Americas Society and Council of the Americas in August 2003 after working in the private sector with Latin America and other emerging markets for over 30 years. A passionate supporter of Latin America, she joined the organizations to implement a new strategic plan to renew and return the Society and Council to their historic position. Prior to her current position, she was a founding partner of her own investment and advisory group focused primarily on Latin America and the U.S. Hispanic sector.

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Fernando Bolaños Valle

CEO, AgroAmerica

Fernando Bolaños Valle is the chief executive officer of AgroAmerica, one of the largest and leading diversified agricultural companies in Central America with interests in tropical fruits, palm oil, transportation and logistics. AgroAmerica also holds a strategic partnership in the movie exhibition and restaurant business in the region with operations in Guatemala, Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama.

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Juan Carlos Zapata

Executive Director, FUNDESA

Juan Carlos Zapata is the chief executive officer of the Guatemalan Development Foundation (FUNDESA). He is also a columnist for elPeriódico, Revista Crónica and RepúblicaGT, an online magazine. Zapata is responsible for the editorial content of the magazine Mejoremos Guate.

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Video: Guatemala 2014 - President Pérez Molina's Remarks

August 14, 2014

President Otto Pérez Molina detailed successes made and remaining challenges for the Central American country. ...

Video: Guatemala 2014 - Economy Minister Sergio de la Torre

August 14, 2014

Guatemala's economy minister gave his view on Guatemala's position as an investment destination....

Video: Guatemala 2014 - Interior Minister Mauricio López Bonilla and Panel on Development and Security

August 14, 2014

Guatemala’s interior minister and a panel of experts debated ways the country can improve security....

Video: Guatemala 2014 - The World Bank's Oscar Calvo González and Panel on Development and Regional Integration

August 14, 2014

The keynote speaker spoke about Guatemala’s role in Central America, and a group of experts offered their insights on the issue of integration. ...

Video: Guatemala 2014 - Opening Remarks

August 14, 2014

The 2014 Guatemala Conference opened with remarks from AS/COA’s Susan Segal, Foreign Relations Viceminister Rodrigo Vielmann, and FUNDESA’s Felipe Bosch....

Video: Guatemala 2014 - Investment Destination Panel

August 14, 2014

Representatives from the private sector discussed the investment climate in Guatemala....

Agenda

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8:00   –  9:00 a.m.    Registration 

9:00   –  9:45 a.m.   Opening Remarks: 

  • Susan Segal,  President & CEO Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Felipe Bosch, President, FUNDESA
  • Luis Fernando Carrera Castro, Minister of Foreign Relations, Guatemala

9:45   –  10:15 a.m.  Keynote Remarks:

  • Oscar Calvo González, Chief Economist for Central America, World Bank 

10:15  – 11:00 a.m. Panel: Development and Regional Integration

  • Alexandra Aguirre, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP (moderator)
  • Juan Carlos Paiz, Presidential Commissioner for Competitiveness and Investment, Guatemala
  • Osman Rodríguez, CEO, Telefónica Centroamérica
  • Mauricio Medina, Business Development Manager, ICA International

Questions for discussion: What policies can be enacted to facilitate regional integration? What have been the major achievements towards regional integration? What are the challenges towards better coordination in the region? How can Guatemala become a regional leader?

11:00  –  11:15 a.m.  Keynote Remarks:

  • Mauricio López Bonilla, Minister of the Interior, Guatemala 

11:15  –  12:00 p.m.  Panel: Development and Security

  • Luis Pellecer, Journalist, Grupo Albavisión (moderator)
  • Juan Carlos Zapata, Executive Director, FUNDESA
  • Fernando Bolaños, CEO, AgroAmerica
  • Vanessa Rubio, Undersecretary for Latin America and the Caribbean, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Mexico

Questions for discussion: What kind of solutions has Guatemala taken to improve the rule of law? What impact will development have on security and vice versa? How will the expected increase in labor and capital movements affect regional integration and development? What is the role a country like Mexico can play to strengthen the region?

12:00 – 12:15 p.m.   Keynote Remarks:

12:15  – 1:00 p.m.   Panel: Investment Destination

  • Enrique Godoy, Journalist, Canal Antigua (moderator)
  • Orlando López, Country Manager, Enel Green Power
  • Jorge Mario Mendoza, Senior Manager, FedEx Guatemala
  • Bernardo Chacin, Country Officer, Citi Guatemala

Questions for discussion: What measures have been implemented to attract investment? How will Consulta Previa impact business investment in Guatemala and the region? What are some of the risks and benefits for transnational companies investing in Guatemala? What are the possible economic and social impacts of this rise in investments in the country?

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.    Closing Remarks

  • Otto Pérez Molina, President, Guatemala