10:30—12:00 PM
Center for Global Development
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Argentina’s Challenging Path to More Open Markets: Lessons from Brazil and Beyond

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Featuring the members of the Latin-American Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee (CLAAF):

Laura Alfaro, Warren Albert Professor, Harvard Business School; former Minister of National Planning and Economic Policy, Costa Rica

Guillermo Calvo, Professor of Economics, Columbia University; former Chief Economist, Inter-American Development Bank

Pedro Carvalho de Mello, International Coordinator, FGV Management; former Director, Securities and Exchange Commission of Brazil (CVM)

Alberto Carrasquilla, Professor of Economics, Universidad de los Andes, Former Minister of Finance, Colombia

Roque Fernández, Professor of Economics, CEMA University. Former Minister of Finance, Argentina

Pablo Guidotti, Dean of the School of Government, Torcuato di Tella University. Former vice-Minister of Finance, Argentina

Guillermo PerryNon-resident Fellow, CGD; former Minister of Finance, Colombia

Liliana Rojas-Suarez, President, CLAAF and Senior Fellow and Director, Latin America Initiative, Center for Global Development

Ernesto TalviDirector, Brookings-CERES Economic and Social Policy in Latin America Initiative

The new government in Buenos Aires has taken quick steps that send a strong message to the world: Argentina wants to open its markets. President Mauricio Macri’s moves to ease market distortions caused by currency controls, trade taxes, and a lack of international financing, have greatly improved local and international expectations about the country's future. However, history shows that the road to a more market-friendly economy can be rocky. Moreover, the challenges can be monumental under small fiscal space, as the recent experience in Brazil demonstrates.

In a rare gathering, some of the sharpest minds on Latin American economics – including four former finance ministers – will debate some of the challenges that lie ahead for Argentina:

- Dealing with fiscal imbalances and how politics constrains economic policy

- Anchoring expectations of inflation: The role of the exchange rate and the central bank interest rate, especially when inflation is temporarily raised by removing price distortions, e.g., energy subsidies

- Getting funding: International capital markets and the IMF

This event is one of the biannual conferences of CGD’s Latin America Shadow Financial Committee (CLAAF) and a short report will also be made available, detailing the Committee’s findings and recommendations for Argentina’s road ahead.


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