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Japan, United States, and Cooperation with the New Latin America

Council of the Americas will host an expert panel to discuss opportunities for private sector engagement and cooperation with governments in Latin America.

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Overview

A wave of newly elected political leaders in Latin America are facing daunting economic and social challenges. Poverty, inequality and corruption remain obstacles toward addressing the needs of a frustrated population in the wake of the global pandemic. However, opportunities do exist in various sectors to stimulate economic growth and development with the support of the private sector.

Japan, a long-standing partner of Latin America and the Caribbean, supports social and economic development through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and private sector investment across the Americas. The country, along with the United States, is looking to partner with new governments in the region to foster increased cooperation and friendship.

Please join the Council of the Americas for a conversation on areas of cooperation where governments can partner with the private sector to reduce inequality, increase economic development, and strengthen democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Speakers

  • Barbara Kotschwar, Executive Director, Visa Economic Empowerment Institute, Visa U.S.A. Inc.
  • Erick Langer, Professor of Latin American History, and former Director of the Center for Latin American Studies, Georgetown University
  • Amparo Mercader, Tax Partner, Transfer PricingPwC US
  • Shohei Tada, Deputy Director General, Latin America, Japan International Cooperation Agency
  • Earl Anthony Wayne, Distinguished Diplomat in Residence, School of International Service, American University, and former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and Argentina
  • Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (moderator)

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Speakers

Barbara Kotschwar
Executive Director, Visa Economic Empowerment Institute, Visa U.S.A. Inc.

Dr. Barbara Kotschwar is the Executive Director of the Visa Economic Empowerment Institute, leading the team of fellows and setting the research agenda. Until October 2018 she worked with the Investment Policy team at the World Bank, spearheading thought leadership on services...

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Erick D. Langer
Professor of History, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service

Erick D. Langer is professor of history at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. He teaches courses on Latin American History. He is the author, co-author, and editor of eight books and author or co-author of more than 50 articles in journals and book chapters. Dr...

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Amparo Mercader
Tax Partner, Transfer Pricing, PwC US

Amparo Mercader is a partner with PwC’s Tax practice and serves as the transfer pricing leader for the Carolinas.


Amparo has more than 17 years of experience working in the transfer pricing area.


She advises multinational companies on matters related to determining...

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Shohei Tada
Deputy Director General of Latin America and the Caribbean, Japan International Cooperation Agency

Shohei Tada has over 20 years of experience in the field of providing official development assistance of the Japanese Government for developing countries. He is currently deputy director general of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Department of Japan International...

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Earl Anthony Wayne
Distinguished Diplomat in Residence, School of International Service, American University

Earl Anthony Wayne is a Distinguished Diplomat in Residence at American University’s School of International Service and Advisory Board Co-Chair of the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute.   


Ambassador Wayne served as a US diplomat from 1975 to 2015, including as the U.S...

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Eric Farnsworth
Vice President, AS/COA, Washington DC Office

Eric Farnsworth is vice president of the Council of the Americas and Americas Society, heading the Washington, DC, office since 2003. The organization is the leading voice on the hemisphere, where the public and private sectors meet to discuss and promote an agenda based on...

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