Past Event

EU – CELAC Economic Forum – Channels for a joint future

On 11 October Bruegel together with GIGA and Real Instituto Elcano will organise a conference on relations between the EU and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States.

Date: October 11, 2017, 8:30 am Topic: Global Economics & Governance

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Summary

The political, economic and cultural links between the EU and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States are many and established. It is worth noting that the EU has more association agreements with this region than with any other in the world, having signed comprehensive agreements with CARIFORUM, the Central American countries, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador, and is working towards a conclusion of negotiations with MERCOSUR. This close relationship is significant, specially understood in the context of a multipolar world where the geopolitical balance created after the World War II is changing, offering to the EU a unique opportunity to rethink and strengthen their strategic ties.

This new geopolitical scenario, together with the Digital Revolution, will have significant effects on the development of Latin America and the Caribbean, considering trade, migration and technological channels. These aspects represent common opportunities and challenges for both societies and economies. The EU- CELAC Economic Forum will explore those policies that will contribute to further engagement between both regions.

It is hoped that this new annual forum on EU-CELAC matters will feed into future regional Summits.

Schedule

Oct 11, 2017

8:30-9:00

Check-in and welcome coffee

9:00-9:30

Welcome remarks

Paola Amadei, Executive Director, EU-LAC Foundation

Bert Hoffmann, Head of Berlin Office, GIGA

Emilio Lamo de Espinosa, President, Elcano

Guntram B. Wolff, Director

9:30-10:00

Session I. - Keynote speech

Chair: Guntram B. Wolff, Director

Edita Hrdá, Managing Director Americas, European External Action Service (EEAS)

10:00-11:30

Session II. GEOPOLITICAL Channel: EU- CELAC trade and investment relations in a changing and multipolar world

Chair: Bert Hoffmann, Head of Berlin Office, GIGA

Keynote:

Eduardo Levy Yeyati, Dean, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (UTDT) School of Government and Coordinating Director of the Argentina 2030 Program of the Presidency of the Nation

Panel:

Paulo Carreño King, Director General, PROMEXICO

Gonzalo Gutiérrez, Ambassador of Peru to the Kingdom of Belgium, Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg and to the EU

Mario Pezzini, Director, OECD Development Centre and Special Advisor to the OECD Secretary-General on Development

Everton Vargas, Ambassador of Brazil to the EU

11:30-11:45

Coffee break

11:45-13:15

Session III. PEOPLE Channel: Diaspora and migration as a path for knowledge transfer

Chair: Paola Amadei, Executive Director, EU-LAC Foundation

Keynote:

Ramón Jáuregui, Member of the European Parliament

Panel:

Luicy Pedroza, Research Fellow and Speaker Research Team, GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies

Mario Soares, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee - EESC

Dylan Vernon, Ambassador of Belize to the EU

13:00-14:00

Lunch

14:00-15:30

Session IV. TECHNOLOGY Channel: The challenges of the digital world- Security, privacy and public finance

Chair: Angel Badillo, Senior Analyst, Elcano

Keynote:

Maryleana Méndez Jiménez, Senior Expert at ASIET

Panel:

Linda Corugedo Steneberg, Director, Policy Strategy and Outreach, European Commission, DG CONNECT

Gabriel Lopez, Regulatory Affairs Director, Microsoft

Enrique Medina Malo, Chief Policy Officer, Telefónica

Gonzalo de Castro, Senior Executive, Finance, CAF

15:30

End

Speakers

Paola Amadei

Executive Director, EU-LAC Foundation

Angel Badillo

Senior Analyst, Elcano

Paulo Carreño King

Director General, PROMEXICO

Linda Corugedo Steneberg

Director, Policy Strategy and Outreach, European Commission, DG CONNECT

Gonzalo de Castro

Senior Executive, Finance, CAF

Gonzalo Gutiérrez

Ambassador of Peru to the Kingdom of Belgium, Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg and to the EU

Bert Hoffmann

Head of Berlin Office, GIGA

Edita Hrdá

Managing Director Americas, European External Action Service (EEAS)

Ramón Jáuregui

Member of the European Parliament

Emilio Lamo de Espinosa

President, Elcano

Eduardo Levy Yeyati

Dean, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (UTDT) School of Government and Coordinating Director of the Argentina 2030 Program of the Presidency of the Nation

Gabriel Lopez

Regulatory Affairs Director, Microsoft

Enrique Medina Malo

Chief Policy Officer, Telefónica

Maryleana Méndez Jiménez

Senior Expert at ASIET

Luicy Pedroza

Research Fellow and Speaker Research Team, GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies

Mario Pezzini

Director, OECD Development Centre and Special Advisor to the OECD Secretary-General on Development

Mario Soares

Member of the European Economic and Social Committee - EESC

Everton Vargas

Ambassador of Brazil to the EU

Dylan Vernon

Ambassador of Belize to the EU

Guntram B. Wolff

Director

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Bruegel, Rue de la Charité 33, 1210 Brussels

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matilda.sevon@bruegel.org

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