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49th Washington Conference on the Americas

Council of the Americas

May 7, 2019


(Image: The White House)

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Our forty-ninth annual conference will be held on May 7, 2019, at the U.S. Department of State.

The Washington Conference on the Americas, the premier Washington event on the Western Hemisphere, will bring together senior officials from the U.S. administration and distinguished leaders from across the region to focus on the major policy issues affecting the hemisphere. Please make plans now to join us for this important event.

We are delighted to recognize Senator Marco Rubio’s leadership in U.S. foreign policy toward the Western Hemisphere by presenting him with the 2019 Chairman’s Award for Leadership in the Americas.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Mike Pence, Vice President, United States
  • Nayib Bukele, President-Elect, El Salvador
  • Marta Lucía Ramírez, Vice President, Colombia
  • Marcelo Ebrard, Minister, Foreign Affairs, Mexico
  • Jim Carr, Minister, International Trade Diversification, Canada
  • Marco Rubio, U.S. Senator (R-FL), Chairman, Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere
  • Bill Cassidy, U.S. Senator (R-LA), Member, Finance Committee
  • Eliot Engel, U.S. Representative (D-NY), Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee
  • Tao Zhang, Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
  • Axel van Trotsenburg, Vice President, Latin America, World Bank Group
  • Kimberly Breier, Assistant Secretary, Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Maria Pica Karp, Vice President, Government Affairs, Chevron
  • Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, Contributor, CNBC
  • James Politi, Global Trade Editor, Financial Times
  • Shery Ahn, News Anchor, Bloomberg TV
  • Andrés Gluski, Chairman, Council of the Americas
  • John Negroponte, Chairman Emeritus, Council of the Americas
  • Susan Segal, President & CEO, Council of the Americas
  • Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Council of the Americas

Invited speakers include:

  • Kevin McAleenan, Acting Secretary of Homeland Seceurity; Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Joaquim Levy, President, BNDES

For registration or sponsorship information, contact Council of the Americas via phone at 202-659-8989 or email:

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Read the 2018 conference report and agenda and watch speaker videos.