Colombia - 2020

  • Monday, Jun 13, 2011
  • Featured speakers:

    Alejandro Reyes, Advisor to the Colombian Minister of Agriculture

    Juan Carlos Esguerra, former ambassador to the United States and legal expert

    Adam Isacson, Senior Associate, Washington Office on Latin America

    Santiago Montenegro, former Director Colombian National Planning Office

    Ali Moshiri, President, Chevron Africa and Latin America Production Company

    Alberto Bernal, Bulltick LLC

    Carl Meacham, Senior Staff, Senate Foreign Relations Committee

    Moises Naim, syndicated columnist El Pais

    Keynote Addresses:

    Hon. Gabriel Silva, Colombia's Ambassador to the United States

    Hon. James Steinberg, Deputy U.S. Secretary of State

    Moderated by:

    Stephen Johnson, Director, CSIS Americas Program

    Meredith Broadbent, CSIS Scholl Chair in International Business

    Phillip McLean, Senior Associate, CSIS Americas Program


    Monday, June 13, 2011
    9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
    CSIS B1 Conference Center
    1800 K. St. NW, Washington, DC 20006

    Colombia has turned the page after decades of conflict and uncertainty, and emerges as a country with enormous political, social, and economic potential in the region.  President Juan Manuel Santos, elected just a year ago, has chosen an ambitious post-conflict strategy that addresses the past with an unprecedented and historic law of Victims and Land Restitution and the present with a democratic consolidation policy.  The background of this conversation is a country with healthier economic growth  but also challenges of poverty and inequality.  Investment could increase substantially if the U.S. - Colombian free trade agreement is approved. Moreover, Colombia is now the third largest exporter of oil to the United States in the region with  significant  exploration  potential.  Investment and development will help Colombia create employment and build a promising future for coming generations.

    This conference was sponsored by the U.S. - Colombia Business Partnership through a generous donation by Chevron.


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B1 Conference Center
Center for Strategic and International Studies
1800 K Street, NW
Washington DC, 20006

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