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2017 Latin American Cities Conferences: Bogotá

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

June 7, 2017


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The implementation of the peace accord with the FARC negotiated by the administration of President Juan Manuel Santos has dominated Colombia's political agenda. International investors have closely followed the negotiatons' progress as they hope for a more favorable security environment in Colombia. Attention is now shifting toward the 2018 presidential election, which will define the direction of post-conflict Colombia. The country’s economic outlook remains positive as it battles low commodity prices and inflation, but structural reforms will be needed to sustain economic growth.

AS/COA's twenty-first 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 trading partners.

Confirmed Speakers:*

*Additional speakers to be confirmed.

Registration Fee: $220 for AS and COA members; $260 for non-members. Complete this form to register. Prior registration is required.

Note: This conference will be conducted entirely in Spanish.

Event Information: Cara Caponi || 1-212-277-8368
COA Corporate Membership Information: Mila Fontana | | 1-212-277-8331
Note: To view a list of COA corporate members, please click here.
AS Individual Membership Information: Felipe Marin | | 1-212-277-8342
Press Inquiries:
Cancellation: Please contact Juan Serrano-Badrena at before 3:00 p.m. on June 6.
Sponsorship Opportunities: Ana Calderon | | 1-212-277-8358


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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Iván Duque

Senator, Democratic Center Party

Ivan Duque joined the Colombian Senate in 2014 as a member of the Democratic Center Party. Previously, he was a senior advisor for Colombia at the Inter-American Development Bank and worked in Colombia's Finance and Public Credit Ministry. He holds a law degree from the University of Sergio Arboleda and a master’s in international economic law from American University, as well as a master’s in public administration from Georgetown University. 

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Richard Francis

Director of Sovereign Ratings, Fitch Ratings

Richard Francis serves as director of sovereign ratings at Fitch Ratings. Previously, he was director of sovereign ratings at Standard & Poor’s. Francis was also a research economist at Morgan Stanley. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Rice university and a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University. 

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Mauricio Garrón

Director of Analysis and Energy Strategies, CAF

Mauricio Garrón is director of energy strategy and analysis at CAF – Development Bank of Latin America. Previously, he was director of strategic projects at the Energy Organization of Latin America and director of energy regulation at the Ministry of Energy of Bolivia. Garron holds an MBA from the University of Vienna and a master’s degree in economic development from the University of Notre-Dame de la Paix. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Catholic University of Bolivia.  

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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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Adriana La Rotta

Senior Director, Media Relations, Americas Society and Council of the Americas

Adriana La Rotta is responsible for the development and the implementation of the organizations' media strategy, as well as day-to-day engagement with news outlets and publications. She joined AS/COA in May 2012.

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Leonardo Villar

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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Bogotá 2017 Video: Mauricio Cárdenas sobre Perspectivas Fiscales de Colombia

June 07, 2017

El ministro de hacienda habló sobre el ajuste positivo económico del país, reformas estructurales y las perspectivas para su crecimiento. ...

Bogotá 2017 Video: Volatilidad internacional y los efectos sobre la economía colombiana

June 07, 2017

Director Ejecutivo de Fedesarrollo Leonardo Villar habló sobre la economía colombiana en el contexto global....

Bogotá 2017 video: Sergio Clavijo sobre el desempeño macro-financiero de Colombia

June 07, 2017

El Director ANIF Sergio Clavijo presentó sobre las perspectivas económicas de Colombia en la conferencia....

Bogotá 2017 video: Panel sobre Colombia bajo los ojos de Wall Street

June 07, 2017

Expertos del sector energético y financiero presentaron sobre las areas más competitivas de Colombia....

Bogotá 2017 video: Panorama electoral de Colombia en el 2018

June 07, 2017

Sergio Clavijo y varios políticos colombianos, incluyendo Iván Duque y Marta Lucía Ramirez, ofrecieron sus perspectivas sobre el futuro político del país y las reformas necesarias en la próxima administración....


Download a pdf of the agenda.

Baje la agenda en español.

Note: All times are in local Bogotá time (GMT -5), one hour behind Eastern Time.

7:00 a.m. — Registration

8:00 a.m. — Opening Remarks

  • Adriana La Rotta, Senior Director, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

8:15 a.m. — Fiscal Perspectives and Structural Reforms

  • Mauricio Cárdenas, Minister of Finance

9:00 a.m. — Effects of International Volatility on the Colombian Economy

  • Leonardo Villar, Executive Director, Fedesarrollo

9:45 a.m. — Launch of the Luis Carlos Sarmiento 2017–2018 Public Research Award

10:00 a.m. — Coffee Break

10:30 a.m. — Perspectives on Colombia’s Macro-Financial Performance

  • Sergio Clavijo, Director, ANIF

11:15 a.m. — Panel: Colombia in the Eyes of Wall Street

  • Mauricio Garrón, Director of Analysis of Energy and Strategies, CAF
  • Richard Francis, Director of Sovereign Ratings, Fitch Ratings
  • Munir Jalil, Chief Economist for the Andean Region, Citi
  • Adriana La Rotta, Senior Director, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (moderator)

12:15 p.m. — Lunch

2:00 p.m. — Electoral Probability Analysis: Colombia 2018

  • Sergio Clavijo, Director, ANIF

2:30 p.m. — Panel: Structural Reforms 2018–2022

  • Iván Duque, Senator
  • Marta Lucia Ramirez, former Minister of Defense
  • Fernando Cepeda, Former Interior Minister and Political Analyst
  • Sergio Clavijo, Director, ANIF (moderator)