- Susan Segal, President & CEO, AS/COA
- Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, OECD
- Alexander Mora, Minister of Foreign Trade, Costa Rica
- Andrés Gluski, President & CEO, The AES Corporation; Chairman, AS/COA (moderator)
Business leaders need to be aware of Latin America's core inequality problems and should address inclusiveness issues, as much as productivity ones, to boost growth in the region. That is how OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría framed the conversation about sustainable growth in Latin America at the 2017 COA Symposium. Gurría pointed out that Latin America has only 60 percent of broadband internet coverage, compared to 90 percent among OECD member countries, which widens the inequality gap in the region. Costa Rica's Minister of Foreign Trade Alexander Mora talked about the country's goal to join the OECD and transform itself into a research and development center, growing beyond the tourism industry.
AS/COA's Susan Segal opened the event before the panel saying the organization's CEO Forums have been discussing how business leaders and other sectors are adapting to the digital age and the importance of guiding business toward sustainable growth.