10:30—12:00 PM
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Latin American Policy Options for Times of Protectionism

Featuring the Latin American Committee on Macroeconomic and Financial Issues (CLAAF)

Liliana Rojas-Suarez (Peru - Chair of the Committee), Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development and Former Chief Economist for Latin America, Deutsche Bank
Laura Alfaro
(Costa Rica) Warren Albert Professor, Harvard Business School and Former Minister of National Planning and Economic Policy, Costa Rica

Guillermo A. Calvo (Argentina) Professor of Economics, International and Public Affairs, Columbia University and Former Chief Economist, Inter-American Development Bank
Alberto Carrasquilla
(Colombia) Senior Partner, Konfigura Capital and Former Minister of Finance and Public Credit, Colombia
Roque Benjamín Fernández
(Argentina) Director, Fund for the Promotion of Research, CEMA University and Former Minister of Finance, Argentina

José de Gregorio (Chile) Professor of Economics, University of Chile  and Former Governor, Central Bank of Chile

Augusto de la Torre (Ecuador) Former Chief Economist for Latin American and the Caribbean, World Bank and Former Governor, Central Bank of Ecuador

Pablo Guidotti (Argentina) Professor of Economics, School of Government, University Torcuato Di Tella and Former Vice Minister of Finance, Argentina

Guillermo Perry (Colombia) Non-Resident Fellow, Center for Global Development and Former Chief Economist of the Latin America and Caribbean region, World Bank

A protectionist stance from the US looms large as a policy concern for Latin America, where many countries have chosen a growth model based on increased integration with the rest of the world. It may force a major policy revision involving trade and financial sectors. Moreover, the region may be impacted even if protectionist policies are geared to other regions, e.g., China, given that they may result in a deterioration of commodity prices.

What should Latin America’s response be? What are the alternative forms of trade integration and markets creation that the region should explore? What is the role for monetary, fiscal and financial policies? What are the mistakes of the past to be avoided? These are among the key and timely issues that the Latin American Committee on Macroeconomics and Financial Issues (CLAAF) will address.

Coffee and a light breakfast will be available starting at 10:00 a.m.

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