9:00 to 10:00 am ET



Regenerating the Hemispheric Trade Agenda through USMCA Accession

Top officials and U.S. Senators discuss how the United States can expand regional economic partnerships in a virtual event.

9:00 to 10:00 am ET




At the Los Angeles Summit of the Americas in June 2022, President Joe Biden announced the Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity Initiative which, to date, remains under discussion. Meanwhile, momentum continues to build for a more robust U.S. trade and investment initiative that will meet growing regional economic challenges while shifting the political narrative. The Americas Act, co-sponsored by Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), is an effort to promote shifting supply chains, strengthen broad based growth, and deepen economic and financial integration by creating a pathway for hemispheric nations to accede to USMCA. Panelists at this virtual event will discuss the future of the of the hemispheric agenda.

Concurrently, Council of the Americas has produced a commissioned report on the legalities and possibilities of USMCA accession, it can be found here


The program will be recorded and posted on our website afterward for on-demand viewing.


  • Bill Cassidy, U.S. Senator (R-LA)
  • Michael Bennet, U.S. Senator (D-CO)
  • Manuel Tovar, Minister of Foreign Trade, Costa Rica
  • Jennifer Prescott, Director, International Trade & Tax, LatAm Public Policy, AWS
  • Juan Carlos Baker, Principal Chief Executive Officer, Ansley
  • Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (moderator)


Bill Cassidy
United States Senator, Louisiana

Dr. Bill Cassidy is the senior United States Senator for Louisiana. Bill grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and attended Louisiana State University (LSU) for undergraduate and medical school. In 1990, Bill joined LSU Medical School teaching medical students and residents at Earl...

Michael Bennet
United States Senator, Colorado

Michael Bennet has represented Colorado in the United States Senate since 2009. Recognized as a pragmatic and independent thinker, he is driven by an obligation to create more opportunity for the next generation. Michael has built a reputation of taking on Washington dysfunction...

Manuel Tovar Rivera
Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica

Manuel Tovar Rivera is the Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica, and President of the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promoter (PROCOMER). 

Prior to his appointment as Minister of Foreign Trade, Mr. Tovar served as Representative and Head of the Costa Rican Delegation to the OECD...

Jennifer Prescott
Director, International Trade & Tax, LatAm Public Policy, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Jennifer Prescott joined Amazon in 2020 and serves as Director for International Trade and Tax Policy for Amazon Web Services (AWS), as well as Director of Latin America Public Policy for AWS. Prior to joining Amazon, Jennifer served as Assistant United States Trade...

Juan Carlos Baker
Principal Chief Executive Officer, Ainsley

Juan Carlos Baker is a founding partner at Ansley. He is also a former official with over two decades of professional trajectory in Mexico´s Federal Government, and a lecturer on trade and economics at the Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City. Prior to his current activities...

Eric Farnsworth
Vice President, AS/COA, Washington

Eric Farnsworth leads the Washington office of the Council of the Americas and the Americas Society with a passion for promoting the importance of the Western Hemisphere for U.S. economic, security, and strategic interests.  A recognized expert, he maintains an important policy...