II CEO Summit of the Americas (Panama)


Business Leaders and Heads of States discussed on the Americas Business Dialogue’s agenda and analyzed the region’s current situation on Infrastructure, Logistics and Connectivity, Food Security and Agribusiness, Financial Integration and Inclusion, Women Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Information Technology, Energy, and Corporate Social Innovations.



DAY 1 – April 9, 2015

Opening Remarks – Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the Inter-American Development Bank

Inaugural Address – Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado, Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Panama


“Food Security and Agribusiness: Progress for the Region, Food for the World”

Welcoming Remarks – Juan Carlos Varela, President, Republic of Panama


“Financial Integration and Inclusion: Mobilizing Resources for Social and Economic Development”

“Towards full integration of capital markets in Latin America and the Caribbean: the case of MILA” (Juan Pablo Córdoba Garcés, Chairman, World Federation of Exchanges)


“Making the Internet More Accessible” (Juan Carlos Varela, President of the Republic of Panama, and Mark Zuckerberg, Chairman and CEO of Facebook)

“New Trade and Investment Opportunities in Cuba” (Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz, Minister of Trade and Foreign Investment, Republic of Cuba)


“Women’s economic empowerment: good for women, good for businesses and good for development”

“Corporate Social Innovations: Driving Entrepreneurship for Social Development”


“The future of the labor world: challenges and opportunities” (Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization)

“Innovations in Corporate Social Responsibility” (Carlos Slim Helú, President, Fundación Carlos Slim)


Head of State Presentation: Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize

Head of State Presentation: Danilo Medina Sánchez, President, Dominican Republic


“Innovation & Information Technology: Reimagining the future of the Americas”

“Opportunities for Latin America and the Caribbean in the online world” (Vint Cerf, Vicepresident and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google)


DAY 2 – April 10, 2015

Head of State Presentation: Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister, Republic of Trinidad & Tobago

“Energy: Fueling the Americas’ Growth”


“Non-Conventional Fuels Revolution: The Present and Future of Energy in the Americas” (Miguel Galuccio, CEO, YPF)

Head of State Presentation: Juan Manuel Santos, President, Republic of Colombia


“Aerospace and the Americas” (W. James McNerney Jr., CEO, The Boeing Company)

“Infrastructure, Logistics and Connectivity: Bringing the Americas Together”


“Panama Canal Expansion: A Game Changer for the Global Economy” (Jorge Quijano, CEO, Panama Canal Authority

Conversation with Heads of State: Presidents Salvador Sánchez Cerén, President of the Republic of El Salvador; Otto Pérez Molina, President of the Republic of Guatemala; and Juan Orlando Hernández, President of the Republic of Honduras


“Working Together: Public-Private Partnership for Sustainable Development” (Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General, United Nations)

Head of State Presentation: Horacio Manuel Cartes Jara, President, Republic of Paraguay


“Americas Business Dialogue: Building a Regional Public-Private Dialogue for Development”

Conversation with Heads of State: Barack Obama, President, United States of America; Dilma Rousseff, President, Federative Republic of Brazil; Enrique Peña Nieto, President, Mexico; y Juan Carlos Varela, President, Republic of Panamá; and CEOs/Americas Business Dialogue