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Routes to Growth in a New Trade World

Thursday, April 6, 2017
9:00 – 9:30 am
Light Breakfast and Registration
9:30 – 11:30 am
Presentation and Discussion
Lindner Family Commons (602)
Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E St. NW, Washington, DC

The 2017 Latin American and Caribbean Macroeconomic Report analyzes recent developments in the global economy and how Latin American and the Caribbean countries are adapting to external conditions. While US stimulus may boost global demand, rising global trade frictions and higher interest rates could have serious impacts on the open economies of the region.

The report argues that significant progress has been made in fiscal and external adjustment and that if the world becomes more protectionist, LAC should respond by integrating more within the region. LAC is not too far away from being a Free Trade Area but, given the current over-complex architecture, it does not reap the full benefits. A concrete and realistic action plan to deepen integration and boost growth is provided.

Opening Remarks
Paula Alonso
Director, LAHSP
Associate Professor of History and International Affairs, GWU

Andrew Powell 
Principal Advisor, Research Department, IDB

Mauricio Mesquita Moreira
Principal Economic Advisor, Integration and Trade Sector, IDB

Monica De Bolle
Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Danny Leipziger
Managing Director of Growth Dialogue
Professor of Practice of International Business, GWU

José Ernesto López-Córdova
Practice Manager for Competitive Sectors, Trade & Competitiveness, World Bank

Stephen Kaplan
Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, GWU