PROSPECTS for a FREE TRADE
AREA of the AMERICAS

 
An International Conference
 
Presented by

The Center for Latin American Issues
and Bayer Consulting, LLC

The
George Washington University
Marvin
Center
Amphitheater
800 21st Street NW
- 3rd Floor
Washington
, DC

 
Thursday, November 21, 2002

Program


9:00 a.m.
    REGISTRATION
9:30 a.m.
    WELCOME  

Dr. James Ferrer
Director, The Center for Latin American Issues

9:35 a.m. U.S. Perspectives on an FTAA

Mary Estelle Ryckman
Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Trade Capacity Building

10:30 a.m.   Background and Current Status of FTAA Negotiations

Robert Devlin
Deputy Manager,
Integration and Regional Programs Department,
Inter-American Development Bank

11:15 a.m.   BREAK
11:30 a.m.   PANEL DISCUSSION: Anticipated Changes in Trade Relations
                                                           under FTAA

o Alex Chafuen
President and CEO,
Atlas Economic Research Foundation
 
o William Lane
Director of Government Affairs
,
Caterpillar Company
 
o Jon E. Huenemann
Senior Vice President,
FH/GPC – A Fleishman-Hilliard Company

Moderator: Albert Angulo
Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean,
U.S. Trade and Development Agency

1:00 p.m. LUNCH (GW Marvin Center Continental Ballroom)

Introduction of Keynote Speaker:
David Bayer
Managing Director, Bayer Consulting LLC

Keynote Speaker:
US Congressman Ruben Hinojosa
United States House of Representatives

2:45 p.m. PANEL DISCUSSION: Dealing with Opportunities under FTAA

o The Honorable Miguel Angel Rodríguez
Visiting Scholar, The George Washington University
Former President, Costa Rica

 
o Hector Marquez
Director
- Trade and NAFTA Office,
Embassy of Mexico

 
o Jose Niño
Chairman, Cypress Capital Group;
CEO, Central American Business Coalition;
Former CEO, US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

 
o Eric Farnsworth
Senior Advisor and Managing Director,
Manatt Jones Global Strategies

 
Moderator:  Mike Zellner
Editor-in-Chief, Latin Trade Magazine

4:45 p.m. WRAP-UP

James Ferrer
Director, The Center for Latin American Issues,
The George Washington University

5pm–6pm   COCKTAIL RECEPTION

  
The Organizers gratefully acknowledge the generous support of:
 

Business News Americas Delta Air Lines
Interconsulting Latin American Newsletters
US – Mexico Chamber of Commerce Latin Trade Magazine