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2019 Latin American Cities Conferences: Mexico City

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

May 22, 2019


Unlocking Mexico's Economic Potential: A New Vision for Investment and Economic Development

Follow the discussion on Twitter: #mxASCOA | @ASCOA

Following Mexico's 2018 presidential election, the new administration is undertaking an ambitious social agenda and economic policies as part of its transformative plans. Mexico’s government maintains a focus on inclusive economic development, innovation, and diversification to drive economic growth. And with high approval levels, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has a strong mandate to accomplish his government’s goals. 

Moreover, Mexico remains one of the most attractive foreign investment destinations, given its extensive network of free-trade partners, and ranks at the top of Latin America and the Caribbean in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business index.

AS/COA, in partnership with the Ministry of Finance (SHCP), will host its eleventh Latin American Cities Conference in Mexico City to discuss the new government’s economic priorities. Leaders from both the private and public sectors will address the opportunities arising from Mexico’s economic outlook, the potential for foreign investment, and efforts to fulfill the president's agenda.


  • Carlos Manuel Urzúa Macías, Minister of Finance and Public Credit @CarlosUrzuaSHCP
  • Marcelo Ebrard, Minister of Foreign Affairs @m_ebrard
  • Arturo Herrera Gutiérrez, Deputy Minister of Finance and Public Credit @SHCP_mx
  • Luz María de la Mora Sánchez, Viceminister of Foreign Trade, Ministry of the Economy @luzmadelamora (Download her presentation.)
  • Jose Arosa, Chief Executive Officer, AES Mexico @TheAESCorp
  • Mónica Aspe Bernal, Vice President of External Affairs and Corporate Communications, AT&T México @maspeb
  • Lorenzo Gonzalez Bosco, Head of Mexico & Andean Region, Temasek @Temasek
  • Guilherme Loureiro, President and CEO, Walmart Mexico & Central America @WalmartMXyCAM
  • Daniel Martínez-Valle, Chief Executive Officer, Mexichem
  • Ben Ramsey, Executive Director, Latin America Research, J.P. Morgan @jpmorgan
  • Enrique Quintana, Vice President and Editorial General Director, El Financiero @E_Q_
  • Carlos Salazar Lomelín, President, Consejo Coordinador Empresarial (CCE) @cceoficialmx
  • Mike A. Zarcone, Executive Vice President, Head of Corporate Affairs, MetLife @MetLife
  • Juan Pablo Spinetto, Managing Editor for Economics & Government in Latin America, Bloomberg @JPSpinetto
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas @s_segal

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

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Carlos Manuel Urzúa Macías

Minister of Finance and Public Credit, Mexico

Carlos Manuel Urzúa Macías was appointed secretary of finance and public credit in December 2018. Prior to his current role, Urzúa Macías founded and directed the Graduate School in Public Administration and Public Policy at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico City campus for 10 years. He previously served as Mexico City’s minister of finance from 2000 to 2003. In 1989, Urzúa Macías joined the Economics Department as a professor at the Colegio de México.

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Marcelo Ebrard

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mexico

Marcelo Ebrard has been Mexico’s Minister of Foreign Affairs since December 2018. He has wide experience as a public servant and as elected official. He was the director general of interim affairs of the former Federal District Department (1988-1989), undersecretary of foreign affairs (1993-1994), and congressman (1997-2000).

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Luz María de la Mora Sánchez

Viceminister of Foreign Trade, Ministry of the Economy Mexico

Luz María de la Mora Sánchez is the viceminister of Foreign Trade in the Ministry of Economy. She has been head of the Unit of Economic Relations and the International Cooperation in Mexico’s Foreign Affairs, the International Trade Negotiations Unit in Mexico’s Ministry of Economy, and the representations of Mexico’s Economy Ministry before the European Union in Brussels and before ALADI in Montevideo. Additionally, Luz María has served as economic counselor at the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, DC, and was part of the NAFTA negotiating.

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Arturo Herrera Gutiérrez

Deputy Minister of Finance and Public Credit, Mexico

Arturo Herrera Gutiérrez was appointed undersecretary of finance and public credit in December 2018. Prior to his current role, Herrera Gutiérrez was manager of the Public and Performance Service Unit for Latin America and the Caribbean at the World Bank. Before that, Herrera Gutiérrez was minister of finance of Mexico City from 2004 to 2006. From 2000 to 2004, he was general director of financial management at Mexico City’s Ministry of Finance.

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Jose Arosa

President & CEO, AES Mexico

Jose Arosa is president and CEO of AES Mexico and has more than 15 years of experience on power markets in Latin America and the Middle East. He oversees the operating portfolio in Mexico for AES and is tasked with the growth strategy for EnerAB, a joint venture with Grupo BAL focused in developing clean energy projects with a 306 MW wind project under construction and with more than 2,000 MW in development. Arosa joined the AES Corporation in 2008 and has worked in different countries and leadership roles in business development and M&A.

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Mónica Aspe Bernal

Vice President of External Affairs and Corporate Communications, AT&T México

Monica Aspe Bernal is the vice president of external affairs for AT&T Mexico. She is also responsible for governmental and institutional relations as well as the company’s social responsibility strategy. Before joining AT&T, Monica served as the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Mexico to the OECD, where she was elected president of its Governing Board. Previously, Monica served as undersecretary of communications for the Ministry of Communication and Transport (SCT), where she encouraged public policies derived from the 2013 Telecommunications Reform.

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Lorenzo Gonzalez Bosco

Head of Mexico & Andean Region, Temasek

Lorenzo Gonzalez Bosco joined Temasek in April 2008 as managing director. Based in Mexico City, he is the head for investment origination and advisory activities in México and the Andean region. Prior to joining Temasek, Lorenzo was with Barclays Capital where he was the chairman and CEO of Barclays Mexico. Lorenzo had direct responsibility for all investment banking activities. He began his career with Citibank in 1985 through the Executive Training Program and subsequently joined Bank of America in 1987 where he opened its banking subsidiary in Mexico.

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Guilherme Loureiro

President and CEO of Walmart México & Central America

Guilherme Loureiro is executive president and CEO of Walmart Mexico and Central America since February 2016. He started his career in Walmart in 2012, assuming the role of executive president and CEO of Walmart Brazil in 2013. He worked for over 20 years for Unilever performing several roles in different markets including global head of mergers and acquisitions, CEO Mexico, global head of strategy, chairman of Unilever Ventures, and CFO for Americas.

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Enrique Quintana

Vice President and Editorial General Director, El Financiero

Enrique Quintana has been vice president and editorial general director at El Financiero for five years. He is responsible for the content of all its platforms: print, digital and TV. Since 1988, Quintana has published the daily column “Coordenadas,” focused on economic, financial and political topics. Moreover, he is part of TV shows La Silla Roja and Al Cierre, which are broadcasted on El Financiero-Bloomberg TV.

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Ben Ramsey

Executive Director, Latin America Research, J.P. Morgan

Ben Ramsey is an executive director in the Latin America research group at J.P. Morgan, where he leads the Latin America economic research team and is responsible for economics and sovereign debt analysis for the Northern Andean region. Ramsey first joined the J.P. Morgan Chase EM research team in 2000, and in 2002 he worked in J.P. Morgan’s São Paulo office. He has covered sovereign credit events and restructurings in the Dominican Republic (2005), Ecuador (2009), and Venezuela (2017). He is a regular contributor to J.P.

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Carlos Salazar Lomelín

President, Business Coordinating Council (CCE)

Carlos Salazar was elected president of the Business Coordinating Council (CCE) on January 18, 2019, and took office February 27. His professional experiences includes more than 45 years in the private sector, in academia, and in social organizations. He has a distinguished career from 1973 to 2019 in FEMSA, a multinational leader among the beverage industry. Salazar held a range of executive posts in FEMSA subsidiaries, including general manager of the brewery and general manager of Coca-Cola FEMSA.

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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 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 Pablo Spinetto

Managing Editor for Economics & Government in Latin America, Bloomberg

Juan Pablo Spinetto is a business journalist with a 15-year-career at Bloomberg News, currently working as the company’s managing editor for economics and government in Latin America.

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Mike Zarcone

Executive Vice President, Head of Corporate Affairs, MetLife, Inc.

Mike A. Zarcone has been executive vice president and head of Corporate Affairs at MetLife since July 2013. He is responsible for leading Global Communications, Global Government Relations, and Global Sustainability. In this role, Zarcone manages MetLife’s engagement with internal and external audiences in the company’s more than 40 countries of operation. His team is responsible for driving communications strategy and protecting corporate reputation, advancing the company’s interests before U.S. and international governments, regulatory agencies, and policy-making bodies.

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#mxASCOA Video: Susan Segal y Carlos Manuel Urzúa sobre oportunidades de inversión en México

May 22, 2019

La presidenta y CEO de AS/COA y el secretario de hacienda y crédito público de México dieron palabras de apertura en la conferencia de la Ciudad de México....

#mxASCOA: Conversación sobre impulsando el desarrollo social y económico en México

May 22, 2019

El Subsecretario de Hacienda y Crédito Público Arturo Herrera platicó sobre los problemas principales limitando el potencial del país....

#mxASCOA video: Marcelo Ebrard sobre Mexico como un destino de inversion

May 22, 2019

El secretario de relaciones exteriores de México presentó sobre las oportunidades para atraer inversión al país a través de la energía y el comercio....

#mxASCOA video: Carlos Salazar Lomelín del CCE

May 22, 2019

El presidente del Consejo Coordinador Empresarial, Carlos Salazar Lomelín, destacó las oportunidades para empresarios mexicanos e internacionales....

#mxASCOA video: Inversión privada y oportunidades de negocios en México, 2019-2024

May 22, 2019

Ejecutivos del sector privado compartieron sus perspectivas sobre el ambiente de negocios en el país a corto y largo plazo....

#mxASCOA video: El sector privado como un aliado para impulsar el crecimiento económico de Mexico

May 22, 2019

Panelistas de los sectores de las comunicacionea y mercado minorista hablaron sobre los avances necesarios para crecer su producción en el país....

#mxASCOA: Luz María de la Mora sobre el comercio exterior mexicano

May 22, 2019

La subsecretaria de economía de México habló sobre la importancia del comercio exterior para seguir impulsando el crecimiento....


Baje un PDF de la agenda.

9:00 – 09:30 a.m.   Palabras de bienvenida

  • Susan Segal, Presidenta & CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Carlos Manuel Urzúa, Secretario de Hacienda y Crédito Público

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.   Conversación: Impulsando el desarrollo social y económico

  • Arturo Herrera, Subsecretario de Hacienda y Crédito Público
  • Benjamin Ramsey, Director Ejecutivo, Latin America Research, J.P. Morgan (moderador)

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.   México: Destino de inversión

  • Marcelo Ebrard, Secretario de Relaciones Exteriores

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.   El papel del sector privado como catalizador del crecimiento

  • Carlos Salazar Lomelín, Presidente, Consejo Coordinador Empresarial (CCE)

11:00am–12:00 p.m.   Panel: Inversión privada y oportunidades de negocios en México, 20192024

  • Jose Arosa, CEO, AES Mexico
  • Mike Zarcone, Vicepresidente Ejecutivo y Jefe de Asuntos Corporativos, MetLife
  • Lorenzo Gonzalez Bosco, Director General para México y Región Andina, Temasek
  • Enrique Quintana, Vicepresidente y Director General Editorial, El Financiero (moderador)

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.   Panel: El sector privado – Aliado para impulsar el Crecimiento Económico

  • Mónica Aspe Bernal, Vicepresidenta de Asuntos Externos y Comunicación Corporativa, AT&T México
  • Guilherme Loureiro, Presidente y CEO, Walmart México y Centroamérica
  • Daniel Martínez-Valle, CEO, Mexichem
  • Juan Pablo Spinetto, Director Editorial de Economía y Gobierno en América Latina, Bloomberg (moderador)

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.   Comercio Exterior Como Palanca de Desarrollo

  • Luz María de la Mora Sánchez, Subsecretaria de Comercio Exterior, Secretaría de Economía