Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Opening Reception: 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

U.S. Department of State


43rd Annual Washington Conference on the Americas

Council of the Americas hosted its annual Washington Conference at the U.S. Department of State on May 7 and 8.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Opening Reception: 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

U.S. Department of State



Read the report on the 43rd Annual Washington Conference.

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May 7 Opening Reception: Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009

May 8 Conference: U.S. State Department, 2201 C Street (23rd Street entrance), Washington, DC 20001


  • Richard Adkerson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold
  • Rebecca Blank, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Joe R. Biden, Jr., Vice President of the United States (Remarks will be webcast live)
  • Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Managing Director, The World Bank
  • Roberta Jacobson, Assistant Secretary, Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State (Remarks will be webcast live)
  • Anthony Kennedy, Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court
  • Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Special Advisor, U.S. Department of State
  • John McCain, Senator, U.S. Senate
  • Richard McGregor, Washington Bureau Chief, Financial Times
  • Janet Napolitano, Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Remarks will be webcast live)
  • Martin O’Malley, Governor, State of Maryland
  • Ray Suarez, Senior Correspondent, PBS NewsHour

How will the Obama administration respond to the opportunities and challenges in Latin America during a second term? What role will the new Congress play in regional affairs? What are the prospects for strengthened economic recovery in the United States, and how will this impact hemispheric growth? Is progress likely on critical issues like the trade agenda and immigration?

Participants had the opportunity to hear from and engage top-level government and business officials on these and other issues in a Davos-style interview format for speakers. Click "BLOG" in the blue bar above for conference materials.


Download a PDF of the agenda.

Tuesday, May 7Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C.

5:30-7:00pm: Opening Reception

Wednesday, May 8:  U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

8:00-8:40am:  Continental Breakfast and Registration

8:40-8:45am:  Welcome and Introduction (Live webcast of the opening remarks available.)

  • Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Council of the Americas
  • John Negroponte, Chairman, Council of the Americas                             

8:45-9:00am:  Roberta Jacobson, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs (Live webcast of Jacobson's remarks available.)

9:00-9:30am:  Security, Competitiveness, and Immigration Reform (Live webcast of Napolitano's remarks available.)

  • Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security
  • Interviewed by Susan Segal, President and CEO, Council of the Americas

9:30-10:00am:  Martin O’Malley, Governor of Maryland

  • Interviewed by Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Special Advisor, Department of State

10:00-10:30am:  Coffee Break

10:30-11:30am:  Opportunity and Growth: Where Does Latin America Fit in the Global Economy?

  • Rebecca Blank, Deputy Secretary of Commerce
  • Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Managing Director of the World Bank 
  • Richard Adkerson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold
  • Moderated by Richard McGregor, Financial Times

11:30-12:00pm:  Rule of Law in the Americas

  • Anthony Kennedy, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
  • Interviewed by Ray Suarez, Senior Correspondent, PBS NewsHour

12:00-12:30pm:  The United States and the Hemisphere: Priorities for the Second Term (Live webcast of Biden's remarks available.)

  • Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States
  • Introduced by John Negroponte

12:30-1:00pm:  Relocate to Ben Franklin Diplomatic Reception Hall

1:00-2:30pm:  Keynote Luncheon

  • John McCain, Senator
  • Introduced by John Negroponte