9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. (10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. ET)

Hilton Colon Guayaquil
Gran Salón Isabela
Live Broadcast

Live broadcast


2019 Latin American Cities Conferences: Guayaquil

Join AS/COA on May 9 for “Ecuador: Prospects for Investment and Growth.”

9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. (10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. ET)

Hilton Colon Guayaquil
Gran Salón Isabela
Live Broadcast

Live broadcast



Prospects for Investment and Growth

Follow the discussion on Twitter: #EcuadorCOA | @ASCOA

How can Ecuador continue to attract new investment and make it easier to conduct business in the country? Americas Society and Council of the Americas, in partnership with Ecuador’s Ministry of Production, Foreign Trade, Investment, and Fisheries, will host its Latin American Cities Conference in Guayaquil on Thursday, May 9. This year’s conference will bring together key government officials and private-sector leaders to discuss Ecuador’s investment climate and opportunities.


This event is complimentary. Prior registration is required.

Learn more about the LACC series and see other upcoming events.

Sponsorship Opportunities: Ana Calderon | acalderon@as-coa.org | 212-277-8358
Membership Information: Mila Fontana | mfontana@as-coa.org | 212-277-8374
Note: View a list of COA corporate members.
Press Inquiries: mediarelations@as-coa.org
Cancellation: Contact Juan Serrano-Badrena at jserrano@counciloftheamericas.org before 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8.

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8:00–9:00 a.m. Coffee and Registration

9:00–9:30 a.m. Opening Remarks

  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Jaime Nebot, Mayor of Guayaquil

9:30–9:50 a.m.  Keynote: Doing Business in Ecuador

  • Pablo Campana, Minister of Production, Foreign Trade, Investment and Fisheries of Ecuador

9:50–11:00 a.m.  Panel: Investment Climate and Opportunities in Ecuador

  • Carlos Alaña Pine, Country Manager, Mexichem Ecuador
  • Bexi Jimenez, Risk Management Officer for Latin America, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency
  • Julio Laso, Senior Vice President & Government Affairs Head, Citibank, N.A. Sucursal Ecuador
  • Bernardo Requena, Director Representative, CAF
  • Patricio Alarcón, President, Comité Empresarial Ecuatoriana (moderator)

11:00–11:20 a.m. Keynote: Growth in Ecuador’s Tourism Sector

  • Rosi Prado de Holguín, Minister of Tourism

11:20 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.  Coffee Break

12:10–12:25 p.m. Keynote: Opportunities for Growth in Ecuador’s Transportation Sector

  • Angel Loja, Vice Minister of Transportation

12:25–1:25 p.m.  Conversation: The Future of Mining in Ecuador

  • Fernando Benalcazar, Vice Minister of Mining
  • Andrew Taunton, Vice President, SolGold Ecuador
  • Javier Robalino, Partner, FERRERE (moderator)

1:25–1:40 p.m.  Closing Keynote

  • Otto Sonnenholzner, Vice President of Ecuador


Otto Sonnenholzner
Vice President, Ecuador

Otto Sonnenholzner was elected to be the vice president of Ecuador in December 2018. For 12 years, he was a radio personality with his own talk show and was the general manager of Radio Tropicana in Guayaquil. Sonnenholzner also served as the president of Asociación Ecuatoriana...

Pablo Campana
Foreign Trade and Investment Minister, Ecuador

Pablo Campana was appointed the minister of production, foreign trade, investment, and fisheries in January 2019 after the consolidation of various ministries. In this role, he prioritizes public policy development, improved productivity, competitiveness, and job growth...

Rosi Prado de Holguín
Minister of Tourism, Ecuador

Rosi Prado de Holguín is the minister of tourism of Ecuador. Before assuming her current role, she was the manager and legal representative of AWT SA Group Cinco Continentes Agencia de Viajes y Turismo, general manager at AWT SA Group Ecuador, and general manager of Ecuador: Ocio...

Fernando Benalcázar
Vice Minister of Mining, Ecuador

Fernando Benalcázar has been Ecuador’s vice minister of mining since September 2018. He approaches his role with a vision of transparency and institutional efficiency, promoting the development of economically profitable, socially responsible, and environmentally sustainable...

Jaime Nebot
Mayor, Guayaquil

Jaime Nebot has been the mayor of Guayaquil since 2000, having been reelected three times. Both a lawyer and a politician, he is a two-time presidential candidate. Previously, Nebot represented the province of Guayas in Congress and in 1991 assumed national leadership of the...

Carlos Alaña Pine
Country Manager, Mexichem Ecuador

Carlos Alaña Pine is the country manager for Mexichem Ecuador. He joined Plastigama in 1997 when it was still owned by the Swiss group Amanco. After Mexichem aquired Amanco in 2008, Alaña Pine was transferred to Mexico where he became a commercial director. After two years of...

Patricio Alarcón
President, Ecuadorian Business Committee

Patricio Alarcón currently serves as president of the Ecuadorian Business Committee, the National Federation of Chambers of Commerce, the Chamber of Commerce of Quito, and the Ecuador chapter of the International Chamber of Commerce – ICC Ecuador. He is also part of the...

Bexi Jimenez
Risk Management Officer for Latin America, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency

Bexi Jimenez is a risk management officer for Latin America at the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance and credit enhancement arm of the World Bank Group. She joined MIGA in December 2014 and is the economist responsible for Latin America...

Julio Laso
Senior Vice President, Government Affairs Head, Citibank, N.A. Sucursal Ecuador

Julio Laso is the senior vice president at Citi Ecuador, where leads the legal department. Additionally, he has been responsible for human resources since 2017 and government affairs since 2015. Previously, he worked in banks and local consulting firms, specializing in capital...

Bernardo Requena
Director-Representative, CAF – Development Bank of Latin America

Bernardo Requena is the director-representative of CAF – Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina, in their Ecuador office. Previously, he was the director of Social Development of CAF. In his native Bolivia, Requena served as deputy minister of Public Investment and Financing at...


Javier Robalino Orellana is a partner at FERRERE in Ecuador and a member of the firm’s global executive committee. He also co-chairs the arbitration practice and acts as managing partner for Ecuador, representing various multinationals in multiple local and international...

Andrew Taunton
Vice President, SolGold Ecuador

Andrew Taunton is the vice president for Ecuador Subsidiaries at SolGold. He has held senior management positions for international companies in Ecuador in the security, petroleum, airport management, and mining industries. Among Taunton’s entrepreneurial activities are...

Susan Segal
President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Susan Segal was elected president and CEO of Americas Society/Council of the Americas in 2003 after having worked 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...


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