#2021WCA: Guatemala's Alejandro Giammattei at 51st Washington Conference on the Americas

The Guatemalan president talked about his administration’s efforts to improve Central America’s economic ties.


  • Alejandro Giammattei, President of Guatemala
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Participating in the 51st Annual Washington Conference on the Americas Luncheon in Washington, DC, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei spoke with members of the private sector about his government’s efforts to integrate Central America’s economy, inviting investors to increase their ties with the country. “Your mission—should you choose to accept it, if not this message will self-destruct in five seconds—is to double what is doubling today,” he quipped, extending an invitation to the executives in the room to join in boosting Guatemala’s recovering foreign direct investment levels in the wake of the pandemic. “We are a government in favor of investment, more than any other country in the region,” said Giammattei.

Giammattei was introduced by AS/COA’s Susan Segal, who spoke about the importance of Central America for the United States and the Western Hemisphere on the whole.

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