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Book Launch: Can Latin America Compete? Confronting the Challenges of Globalization

Friday, May 9, 2008

At the AS/COA book launch for Can America Compete?, a panel including the publication's contributions and co-editor debated whether Latin America's growth is sustainable and will allow the region to to break the cyclical boom and bust pattern that has historically characterized its economy. ... Read More

U.S. Commerce Secretary Decries Cuba's "Superficial Changes"

Wednesday, May 7, 2008  |  Jason Marczak

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez called for passage of the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement and improvements in Cuba’s human rights at COA's annual Washington Conference on the Americas. He announced a May 21, 2008 White House event to “shine a spotlight” on political prisoners in Cuba. ... Read More

President of Panama Martín Torrijos on Challenges to Latin American Development

Wednesday, May 7, 2008  |  Carin Zissis

Panama's president described how Latin America finds itself at an intersection between sustainable prosperity and challenges such as the global food crisis. Highlighting the Panama Canal expansion project as an opportunity for national dialogue, Torrijos voiced support for open markets and democracy. ... Read More

Luis Carranza Ugarte, Peru's Minister of Finance, on Lima's Economic Growth

Wednesday, May 7, 2008  |  Carin Zissis

Peru's Finance Minister Luis Carranza Ugarte spoke at COA's 38th Washington Conference on the Americas, discussed his recent impressive growth as well as the obstacles to consolidating such gains. “Only through poverty reduction will we be able to consolidate our democratic system," said Carranza. ... Read More

IMF Managing Director Outlines Policies to Consolidate Regional Economic Growth

Wednesday, May 7, 2008  |  Jason Marczak

Speaking at the 38th Washington Conference on the Americas, IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn called for increased private and public investment and greater productivity as key factors for sustaining recent economic growth. A rebalancing of China’s exchange rate and policies to reduce the growth in food prices will be some of the next challenges facing the region and the world. ... Read More