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49th Washington Conference on the Americas

Council of the Americas

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

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
  • Kevin McAleenan, Acting Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • 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
  • Joaquim Levy, President, BNDES
  • Tao Zhang, Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
  • Kimberly Breier, Assistant Secretary, Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Jan Van Acker, President, Latin America and Emerging Markets, Merck
  • Axel van Trotsenburg, Vice President, Latin America, World Bank Group
  • 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

For registration or sponsorship information, contact Council of the Americas via phone at 202-659-8989 or email: sdavis@as-coa.org

For media inquiries: mediarelations@as-coa.org

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

#2019WCA Video: Vice President Mike Pence's Warnings to Venezuela

May 08, 2019

The vice president outlined the next steps the Trump administration is ready to take to pressure the Maduro regime....

#2019WCA Video: Senator Marco Rubio on Democracy in the Americas

May 08, 2019

The U.S. senator addressed the situation in Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela after receiving the COA Chairman’s Award for Leadership in the Americas from Andrés Gluski....

#2019WCA Video: Marcelo Ebrard on Mexico's Priorities

May 08, 2019

The foreign affairs minister discussed Andrés Manuel López Obrador's agenda, Central American migration, and Mexico's stance on Venezuela....

#2019WCA Video: An Interview with El Salvador's Nayib Bukele

May 08, 2019

El Salvador's president elect spoke with CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera on migration challenges and economic opportunities for his country....

Download a PDF of the agenda.

10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Registration

12:00 p.m. to 1:35 p.m. Opening Luncheon (Benjamin Franklin Room)

Welcome and Introduction:

  • Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Council of the Americas
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Council of the Americas
  • Kimberly Breier, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Keynote Interview:

  • Nayib Bukele, President-elect, El Salvador
  • Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, Contributor, CNBC (interviewer)

Chairman’s Award for Leadership in the Americas

  • Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chairman, Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, U.S. Senate
  • Andrés Gluski, Chairman, Council of the Americas (presenter)

2:15 p.m. to 3:25 p.m. Panel: “Prospects for Investment, Innovation, and Inclusive Growth in the Americas”

  • Bill Cassidy (R-LA), U.S. Senator and Member of the Senate Finance Committee
  • Joaquim Levy, President, BNDES
  • Axel van Trotsenburg, Vice President, Latin America, The World Bank Group
  • Tao Zhang, Deputy Managing Director, IMF
  • Shery Ahn, Bloomberg (moderator)
  • Jan Van Acker, President, Latin America and Emerging Markets, Merck & Co. (introduction)

3:25 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. U.S. Leadership in the Hemisphere

  • Mike Pence, Vice President, United States
  • Andrés Gluski, Chairman, Council of the Americas (introduction)

3:50 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. U.S. Foreign Policy toward the Western Hemisphere

  • Eliot Engel (D-NY), Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Maria Pica Karp, Vice President and General Manager, Government Affairs, Chevron Corporation (introduction)

4:15 p.m. to 4:40 p.m. The View from Colombia

  • Marta Lucía Ramírez, Vice President, Colombia
  • John Negroponte, Chairman Emeritus, Council of the Americas (introduction)

4:40 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Networking Coffee Break (Delegates Lounge)

5:00 p.m. to 5:25 p.m. Canada’s Global Trade Agenda

  • James Carr, Minister, International Trade Diversification, Canada
  • James Politi, Global Trade Editor, Financial Times (interviewer)

5:25 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. Mexico-U.S. Relations, USMCA, and Mexico’s Foreign Policy Agenda

  • Marcelo Ebrard, Minister, Foreign Affairs, Mexico
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Council of the Americas (introduction)

5:50 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Building Regional Prosperity and Security

  • Kevin McAleenan, Acting Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Council of the Americas (introduction)

6:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Networking Reception (Delegates Lounge)