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2016 Latin American Cities Conferences: Buenos Aires

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

August 25, 2016


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In collaboration with: Argencon, Asociación de Bancos de la Argentina (ABA), Asociación de Bancos Públicos y Privados de la República Argentina (ABAPPRA), Asociación de Bancos Argentinos (ADEBA), Asociación Empresaria Argentina (AEA), Bolsa de Comercio de Buenos Aires (BCBA), Cámara de Comercio de los Estados Unidos en Argentina (AmCham), Endeavor Argentina (EA), Sector Privado de las Américas (SPA), Unión Industrial Argentina (UIA).

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Americas Society and Council of the Americas, in partnership with the Argentine Chamber of Commerce (CAC), will host the thirteenth annual conference in Buenos Aires, “Argentina: Economic and Political Perspectives."

AS/COA’s Buenos Aires conference will bring together key government officials, local governors, and private sector leaders to address the political and economic outlook as well as challenges and opportunities for the Macri administration.

Registration: Prior registration is required.

Registration Fee: US$165.00 for AS, COA, Argencon, ABA, ABAPPRA, ADEBA, AEA, AmCham, BCBA, CAC, EA, SPA, UIA members;
US$220.00 for non-members. Prior registration is required.
Complete this form to register.

Registration: Please email the registration form to and/or

Payment Options: In advance, in cash, or with Pago Fácil.

Confirmed Speakers: *

  • Marcos Peña, Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers, Argentina @marquitospena
  • Juan José Aranguren, Minister of Energy and Mining, Argentina
  • Francisco Cabrera, Minister of Production, Argentina @cabrerafran
  • Andrés Ibarra, Minister of Modernization, Argentina @andreshibarra
  • Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Mayor of the City of Buenos Aires @horaciorlarreta
  • Juan Manuel Urtubey, Governor of the Province of Salta, Argentina @urtubeyJM
  • María Eugenia Vidal, Governor of the Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina @mariuvidal
  • Federico Pinedo, Provisional President of the Senate of Argentina @PinedoFederico
  • Julio Cobos, National Senator (Union Cívica Radical) @juliocobos
  • Omar Perotti, National Senator (PJ Frente para la Victoria) @omarperotti
  • Graciela Camaño, National Deputy (Frente Renovador) @GracielaCamano
  • Jorge Argüello, President, Fundación Embajada Abierta @JorArguello
  • Gerardo Mato, Chairman of Global Banking - Americas at HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. @HSBC_US
  • Rubén Ramírez, Director Representative, Argentina, CAF Development Bank of Latin America @AgendaCAF
  • Roberto Sifón Arévalo, Managing Director, Lead Analytical Manager of Sovereigns & Public Finance Ratings in Latin America, S&P Global Ratings @SPGRatingsLatAm
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas @s_segal
  • Jorge Luis Di Fiori, President, Cámara Argentina de Comercio y Servicios @CACteinforma

*Additional speakers to be confirmed.

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Sponsorship Opportunities: Natalia Novak-Williamson | | 1-212-277-8374
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AS Individual Membership Information: Felipe Marin | | 1-212-277-8342
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Juan José Aranguren

Minister of Energy and Mining, Argentina

Juan José Aranguren has been Argentina’s minister of energy and mining since December 2015. Previously, he served as president of Shell Argentina. He held several positions in Shell, from technical auditor in the Dock Sud refinery to economist at the Shell refinery in Geelong, Australia, as well as a number of managerial positions in Shell’s commercial wing in Latin America and Africa. In 1997, he was appointed vice president for supplies and marketing, and in 2000 he became vice president for the automobile market for the Southern Cone countries.

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Jorge Argüello

Argentine Ambassador to the United States

Ambassador Jorge Argüello assumed the position of Ambassador of Argentina to the United States on February 6, 2020, and is a lawyer and politician. Argüello began his political career in 1987 as a member, then chairman, of the City Council of Buenos Aires. He served twice as a national congressman; the first time during Carlos Menem´s presidency in 1991 and then during Nestor Kirchner´s presidency in 2003.

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Graciela Camaño

National Deputy, Argentina (Frente Renovador)

Graciela Camaño is the national deputy for the Province of Buenos Aires within the party Federal Unidos por una Nueva Argentina. In 2013, she joined the Frente Renovador party headed by Sergio Massa. In 2011, she ran for governor of the province of Buenos Aires, and later as national senator for the province. She served as labor minister in the government of Eduardo Duhalde. She was elected deputy for the Province of Buenos Aires in 1987, 1997, 2003, and 2007. In 1995, she ran for mayor under the Party of General San Martín.

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Julio Cobos

National Senator, Argentina (Union Cívica Radical)

Julio Cobos is a national senator from the Union Cívica Radical. He previously served as vice president of Argentina, from December 2007 to 2011. He was also governor of the province of Mendoza between December 2003 and December 2007. Prior to that, Cobos was elected dean of the National Technological University for two consecutive periods. He was also minister of environment and public works for the government of Mendoza from December 1999 to 2000. Prior to that, he was undersecretary of planning and housing for the city of Mendoza.

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Gerardo Mato

Chairman, HSBC Global Banking & Markets – Americas

Gerardo Mato is chairman of Global Banking & Markets - Americas at HSBC Securities (USA) Inc., a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc (NYSE:HSBC), one of the world’s leading and largest banking and financial services organizations. Mato has more than 25 years of experience in investment banking, markets, and in the corporate banking business across the Americas. He joined HSBC in 2002 from Merrill Lynch. Mato’s postgraduate studies include the Wharton School of Business and Harvard Business School.

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Marcos Peña

Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers, Argentina

Marcos Peña has been Argentina’s chief of the cabinet of ministers since December 2015. Previously, he served as secretary general of the government of the City of Buenos Aires. Peña was also a deputy in the City of Buenos Aires legislature between 2003 and 2007, representing the political party Propuesta Republicana (PRO), and was secretary general of the government of the City of Buenos Aires between 2007 and 2015. He is a founding member of the PRO’s National Council.

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Federico Pinedo

Provisional President of the Senate, Argentina

Federico Pinedo is the provisional president of the Senate of Argentina, a position he has held since December 10, 2015. He previously served as a congressman for two consecutive terms: from 2003 to 2007, and from 2007 to 2015. Pinedo worked in the private sector for 25 years as a partner at the law firm Pinedo/Sanchez Elia & Pinedo. Between 1992 and 1993 he worked at the National Telecommunications Commission. Pinedo previously served as inspector general in the municipality of the City of Buenos Aires and was councilman of the City of Buenos Aires from 1987 to 1991.

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Ruben Ramírez

Director Representative, Argentine, CAF - Development Bank of Latin America

Ruben Ramírez is the director representative of the Argentine office of  CAF - Development Bank of Latin America. He previously served as minister of foreign affairs of Paraguay, deputy minister of economic relations and integration, deputy permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva, and permanent representative of Panama to the Latin American Integration Association. During his diplomatic career, he served in numerous countries including Argentina, Ecuador, France, Switzerland, the United States, and Uruguay.

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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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Juan Manuel Urtubey

Governor of Salta, Argentina

Juan Manuel Urtubey is serving his third term as governor of the province of Salta in Argentina, a position he assumed in 2007. Previously, he served for two terms in the Argentine National Congress from 1999 to 2007. During that time, Urtubey was the president of the Bloque Justicialista and president of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs.

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María Eugenia Vidal

Governor of Buenos Aires, Argentina

María Eugenia Vidal has been the governor of the Province of Buenos Aires since December 2015. She previously served as deputy mayor of the city of Buenos Aires. From 2008 to 2011, Vidal was the minister of social development for the City of Buenos Aires and, prior to that, she was a city legislator in Buenos Aires for two consecutive terms where she served as director of the Committee on Women, Children, Adolescents, and Youth. Vidal has also been a director of Social Development and Equity at the Grupo Sophia Foundation.

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The Main Idea: Argentina — Economic and Political Perspectives

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AS/COA's 2016 conference in Buenos Aires joined key stakeholders to discuss the country's economic transformation....

Video: Argentina 2016 – Susan Segal, Marcos Peña, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta y Jorge Luis Di Fiori sobre la confianza inversionista

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Argentina ha despertado un entusiasmo entre inversionistas al nivel global, dijo la presidenta de AS/COA en la apertura de la conferencia....

Video: Argentina 2016 – Francisco Cabrera cómo aumentar la producción

August 25, 2016

Para aumentar la producción del país hay que apoyar a las PYMES, disminuir la burocracia e innovar, dijo el ministro....

Video: Argentina 2016 – Perspectivas económicas y financieras

August 25, 2016

Expertos del sector financiero hablaron con Susan Segal sobre oportunidades para la inversión en Argentina....

Video: Argentina 2016 – Maria Eugenia Vidal y Juan Manuel Urtubey

August 25, 2016

Los gobernadores de Buenos Aires y Salta hablaron de las economías de sus provincias....

Video: Argentina 2016 – Andrés Ibarra sobre un gobierno abierto y avances digitales

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El ministro de modernización habló de cómo mejorar la eficiencia del gobierno mediante nuevas tecnologías. ...

Video: Argentina 2016 – Agenda Legislativa para el Futuro del País

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Legisladores discutieron el rol del congreso argentino durante una nueva etapa del país....


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8:00 – 8:30 a.m.  Registro y Desayuno 

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.  Ceremonia de Apertura

  • Susan Segal, Presidenta & CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Jorge Luis Di Fiori, Presidente, Cámara Argentina de Comercio y Servicios
  • Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Jefe de Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires
  • Marcos Peña, Jefe de Gabinete de Ministros de la Nación, Argentina 

9:15 – 9:30 a.m. 

  • Francisco Cabrera, Ministro de Producción, Argentina

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.  Perspectivas Económicas y Financieras 

  • Roberto Sifón Arévalo, Director Ejecutivo y Líder de Calificaciones Soberanas y de Finanzas Públicas Internacionales para las Américas, S&P Global Ratings
  • Gerardo Mato, Chairman, Global Banking - Americas, HSBC Securities (USA) Inc.
  • Susan Segal, Presidenta & CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (Moderadora)

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.  Receso

10:30 – 11:15 p.m.  Sesión Gobernadores

  • Juan Manuel Urtubey, Gobernador de la Provincia de Salta
  • Maria Eugenia Vidal, Gobernadora de la Provincia de Buenos Aires
  • Ruben Ramírez, Director Representante, Argentina, CAF - Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina (Moderador)

11:15– 11:30 p.m. 

  • Andrés Ibarra, Ministro de Modernización, Argentina

11:30 – 12:30 p.m.  Agenda Legislativa para el Futuro de Argentina

  • Graciela Camaño, Diputada de la Nación (Federal Unidos por una Nueva Argentina)
  • Julio Cobos, Senador de la Nación (Unión Cívica Radical)
  • Federico Pinedo, Senador de la Nación y Presidente Provisional del Honorable Senado de la Nación (Frente Pro)
  • Omar Perotti, Senador de la Nación (Partido Justicialista - Frente para la Victoria)
  • Jorge Argüello, Presidente, Fundación Embajada Abierta (Moderador)

12:30– 12:45 p.m. 

  • Juan José Aranguren, Ministro de Energía y Minería, Argentina

12:45 p.m.  Clausura