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IMF's Alejandro Werner on Latin America's 2020 Economic Outlook

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

January 30, 2020


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AS/COA will host a discussion on Latin America's 2020 economic outlook with Alejandro Werner, director of the Western Hemisphere Department at the International Monetary Fund.

As growth in the region slowed from 1.0 percent in 2018 to 0.2 percent in 2019, economic policies and political turmoil in some large LAC countries continue to be a drag on growth. Moreover, external factors remain a headwind to economic prospects in the region, led by volatile capital flows and further falls in global growth and commodity prices. Given the challenging global environment, policies across LAC region will need to strike a balance between supporting growth and rebuilding policy space.

Werner will discuss the prospects for economic growth in the hemisphere in this climate.


  • Alejandro Werner, Director, Western Hemisphere Department, International Monetary Fund
  • John Authers, Senior Editor for Markets, Bloomberg News @johnauthers (interviewer)


Registration: Free admission for COA Corporate Members, President's Circle members,YPA members, Students and Diplomats. Admission is $15 for AS members and nonmembers.

Event Information: Adán Toledo | | 1-212-277-8387
Individual Membership Information: Lee Evans | | 1-212-277-8384
Sponsorship Opportunities: Ana Calderon | | 1-212-277-8358
COA Corporate Membership Information: Mila Fontana | | 1-212-277-8331
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Alejandro Werner

Director of the Western Hemisphere Department, International Monetary Fund

Alejandro Werner assumed his current position as director of the Western Hemisphere Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in January 2013. A Mexican citizen, Werner has had distinguished careers in the public and private sectors as well as in academia. He served as undersecretary of Finance and Public Credit of Mexico (December 2006–August 2010) and head of Corporate and Investment Banking at BBVA-Bancomer (August 2011–end of 2012).

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John Authers

Senior Editor for Markets, Bloomberg News

John Authers is a senior editor for markets at Bloomberg News. Previously, he spent 29 years with the Financial Times, where previous posts have included global head of the Lex Column, chief markets commentator, investment editor, U.S. markets editor, Mexico City bureau chief, and U.S. banking correspondent. He is the author of The Fearful Rise of Markets and other books. Authers has a degree in philosophy, politics, and economics from the University of Oxford and an MBA from Columbia University.

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