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2016 Latin American Cities Conferences: Bogotá

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

June 9, 2016


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Colombia’s economic performance remains solid despite the sharp drop in world oil prices, growing at a slower rate than in the recent past but still higher than in many emerging economies. The country is also in the middle of an unprecedented political moment, with the chance to put an end to a 50-year-old conflict. In this context, structural reforms and improvements to the macroeconomic framework will be essential for supporting growth and offsetting the headwinds from external conditions.

AS/COA's 20th conference in Bogotá, in partnership with Fedesarrollo and ANIF, will look at the country's economic and political forecasts, as well as its trade agenda, by bringing together Wall Street analysts and investors, key government officials, and representatives from different trading partners.


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Registration Fee: $210 for AS and COA members; $260 for non-members.
Complete this form to register.

By credit card: Send completed form via e-mail to by Tuesday, June 7, 2016.

Event Information: Virginia Guevara | | 1-212-277-8376
Sponsorship Opportunities: Claudia Angulo | | 1-212-277-8358
COA Corporate Membership Information: Monica Vieira | | 1-212-277-8344
AS Individual Membership Information: Felipe Marin | | 1-212-277-8342
Press Inquiries: Adriana La Rotta | | 1-212-277-8384

Luis Francisco Alarcón González

Managing Director and Head of Global Markets, BBVA Colombia

Luis Francisco Alarcón González is managing director and head of Global Markets for BBVA Colombia. Previously, he worked for HSBC where he held a variety of positions including head of Global Market, member of the Assets and Liability Management Committee, and head of trading and balance sheet management in which he assumed responsibility for the bank’s liquidity management. Alarcón González also worked at ABN Amro Bank Colombia from 2003 to 2008, where he worked as market risk manager and head of FX and structured products.

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Jorge Humberto Botero

President, Fasecolda

Jorge Humberto Botero is the president of the Federación de Aseguradores Colombianos (Fasecolda). Previously, he served as Colombia’s minister of industry, business, and tourism during the administration of Álvaro Uribe. Botero has also been an executive director at the World Bank Group, president of Asociación Bancaria de Colombia (Asobancaria), president of the Asociación de Fondos de Pensiones y Cesantías (Asofondos), president of Banco Cafetero, and legal secretary at the Presidency of the Republic.

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Fernando Bravo

Director for Andean Region, Goldman Sachs

Fernando Bravo heads the Goldman Sachs’ Andean Region coverage effort for the Latin American Financing Group, where he is responsible for origination and structuring of financing opportunities for governments and corporations in Chile, Colombia, and Peru. Prior to assuming his current role, Bravo was a member of the emerging markets local sales team, where he led the effort of developing relationships with Peruvian institutional clients; he was named managing director in 2012.

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Mauricio Cárdenas

Minister of Finance, Colombia

Mauricio Cárdenas is the minister of finance of Colombia. Previously, Cárdenas served as the minister of mines and energy of Colombia. He was also the executive director of the Fundación para la Educación Superior y el Desarrollo (Fedesarrollo) in Bogotá from 2003 to 2008. Cárdenas was the president of Titularizadora Colombiana from 2001 to 2003, which became the first ever entity in Colombia to specialize in the securitization of mortgage loans.

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Sergio Clavijo

President, ANIF

Sergio Clavijo is the executive director of the Asociación Nacional de Instituciones Financieras (ANIF). He also serves as vice chairman on the board of directors of the Stock Exchange of Colombia, and as president of the Investments Committee of the Colombian Private Pension Fund. Clavijo has also been a lecturer at the Universidad de los Andes since 1981. He was the deputy minister of finance of Colombia from 1998 to 1999, and served on the board of directors for the Central Bank of Colombia between 1999 and 2005.

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Simón Gaviria Muñoz

Director, National Planning Department

Simón Gaviria Muñoz is the general director of Colombia’s National Planning Department (DNP) in addition to being the youngest ever national director of the Liberal Party. He began his political career as a representative from Bogotá in the Chamber of Representatives from 2006 to 2014. In this capacity, Gaviria Muñoz helped create and promote several laws that would better the daily lives of the Colombian people including the law of insolvency which gives more than 15 million Colombians the chance to raise money before their houses are seized or they are evicted from them.

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Munir Jalil

Chief Economist for the Andean Region, Citi

Munir Jalil heads the research department at Citibank Colombia where he provides coverage for the Andean Region. Prior to joining Citibank in 2009, he worked for 10 years at Banco de la República (the central bank of Colombia), where he most recently was a researcher and advisor to the Inflation and Macroeconomic Programming Department. In this role, Jalil’s duties included writing technical recommendation to the Monetary Policy Board staff. He has held visiting positions at the University of California, San Diego and the University of California, Berkeley.

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Ragnhild Melzi

Vice President, Public Policy Programs and Corporate Relations, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Ragnhild Melzi is Americas Society/Council of the Americas’ vice president of Public Policy Programs and Corporate Relations. She provides leadership for the organizations’ international programming, which attracts top government officials, global business leaders, and prominent policy analysts to confront matters of critical hemispheric importance at discussions that take place across the Americas. Melzi has extensive experience in Latin American corporate finance and wealth management.

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Jaime Vargas

Managing Tax Partner, Ernst & Young

Jaime Vargas is managing tax partner at EY Colombia. Previously, he was a partner of Baker & McKenzie, corporate and international tax manager of Coca-Cola Femsa in Mexico, managing tax partner of Deloitte Colombia, and managing tax partner of Andersen Colombia. Vargas has provided tax advice to companies such as Enel, Telefónica, Chevron, Pacific Rubiales, Terranum, British American Tobacco, Coca-Cola Femsa, Cemex, Jeronimo Martins, and Cemex, among others. He is also a professor of tax planning in the postgraduate program at the Universidad Externado de Colombia.

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Leonardo Villar

Executive Director, Fedesarrollo

Leonardo Villar is the director of Fedesarrollo, the principal private research center in Colombia. Previously, he was chief economist and vice president of development strategies and public policy at the Corporacion Andina de Fomento (CAF) based in Caracas. In the public sector, he was co-director of the Bank of the Republic from 1997 to 2009, technical deputy of finance from 1994 to 1997, and he also served on the Advisory Board of Foreign Trade. Additionally, Villar served as a member of the research group at Fedesarrollo.

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Kevin Whitaker

U.S. Ambassador to Colombia

Kevin Whitaker is the United States ambassador to Colombia. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, he was previously deputy assistant secretary of state for South America in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. Whitaker has served in the United Kingdom, Jamaica, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, where he was deputy chief of mission from 2005 to 2007.

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The Main Idea: Bogotá 2016 – Colombia a los ojos de Wall Street y dividendos de la paz

June 15, 2016

Vea: Expertos hablan de los retos que enfrenta el país, desde una crisis exportadora a los desafíos del posconflicto....

Video: Bogotá 2016 - Mauricio Cárdenas y las perspectivas fiscales de Colombia y sus reformas estructurales

June 09, 2016

El ministro de hacienda habló sobre el ajuste económico del país frente una caída grande en exportaciones....

Video: Bogotá 2016 - Alejandro Werner sobre el manejo de transiciones y riesgos en América Latina

June 09, 2016

Werner habló del contexto global de crecimiento económico y los desafíos particulares para Colombia....

Video: Bogotá 2016 – Leonardo Villar y los riesgos externos de la economía colombiana

June 09, 2016

El ejecutivo de Fedesarrollo presentó datos sobre la inflación en Colombia y los retos del deficit fiscal....

Video: Bogotá 2016 – Colombia a los ojos de Wall Street

June 09, 2016

La economía colombiana ha sufrido fuertes golpes recientemente, pero hay optimismo sobre su futuro....

Video: Bogotá 2016 - Dividendos económicos de la paz para Colombia

June 09, 2016

La paz aumentaría el crecimiento económico de Colombia en un 1,1 a 1,9 por ciento....

LatAm in Focus: Simón Gaviria on Financing Peace in Colombia

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Colombia’s GDP will grow an additional 1.9 percent per year in a post-conflict era, forecasts the National Planning Department director....

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Baje la agenda en español.

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.: Registration

8:00 – 8:15 a.m.: Welcoming Remarks

  • Ragnhild Melzi, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

8:15 – 9:00 a.m.: Colombia's Fiscal Outlook and Structural Reforms

  • Mauricio Cárdenas, Minister of Finance

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.: External Shocks and the Colombian Economy

  • Leonardo Villar, Executive Director, Fedesarrollo

9:45  – 10:30 a.m.: Managing Transitions and Risks: The Outlook for Latin America

  • Alejandro Werner, Director, Western Hemisphere Department, International Monetary Fund

10:30  – 10:45 a.m.: Luis Carlos Sarmiento Angulo - Public Policy Research Award

10:45  – 11:15 a.m.: Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:00 p.m.: Colombia's Macroeconomic Performance and Outlook

  • Sergio Clavijo, Director, ANIF

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Panel: Colombia in the Eyes of Wall Street

  • Jaime Vargas, Tax Managing Partner, EY (moderator)
  • Luis Alarcon, Head of Global Markets, BBVA Colombia
  • Fernando Bravo, Head of Andean Region Financing Group, Goldman Sachs
  • Munir Jalil, Director, Chief Economist for the North Andean Region, Citibank

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.: Lunch

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.: Growth Potential and Dividends of Peace

  • Sergio Clavijo, Director, ANIF

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Panel: The Financial Dividends of Peace

  • Sergio Clavijo, President, ANIF (moderador)
  • Simón Gaviria, Director, National Planning Department
  • Kevin Whitaker, United States Ambassador to Colombia
  • Jorge Humberto Botero, President, Fasecolda