8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bogotá, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. New York

Crowne Plaza Tequendama Bogotá
Carrera 10 No. 26-21
Live Broadcast

Live broadcast


2016 Latin American Cities Conferences: Bogotá

AS/COA will hold its annual conference in Bogotá, Colombia, on Thursday, June 9, 2016.

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bogotá, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. New York

Crowne Plaza Tequendama Bogotá
Carrera 10 No. 26-21
Live Broadcast

Live broadcast




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.


Follow the discussion on Twitter: #COLWallSt | @ASCOA

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 eventos@anif.org by Tuesday, June 7, 2016.

Event Information: Virginia Guevara | vguevara@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8376
Sponsorship Opportunities: Claudia Angulo | cangulo@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8358
COA Corporate Membership Information: Monica Vieira | mvieira@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8344
AS Individual Membership Information: Felipe Marin | fmarin@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8342
Press Inquiries: Adriana La Rotta | alarotta@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8384

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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


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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...