PROSPECTS for a FREE TRADE
AREA of the AMERICAS

 
An International Conference
 
Presented by

The Center for Latin American Issues
and Bayer Consulting, LLC

 
Thursday, November 21, 2002

Speakers

 

 

Alejandro Chafuen
 
Alejandro (Alex) Chafuen has been President and CEO of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation since 1991. As president of Atlas, he participated at the FTAA meetings in Belo Horizonte, Brazil; San Jose, Costa Rica; Toronto, Canada; and Buenos Aires Argentina. Atlas has organized pre-FTAA events for market-oriented NGOs at these events and has sent fellows to preparatory meetings of the next FTAA meeting in Quito. Dr. Chafuen and Atlas have been particularly active on issues pertaining to rule of law, intellectual property rights, and free trade.
 
Born in Argentina, Dr. Chafuen is a former Assistant Professor of Political Economy at the Law School of the University of Buenos Aires. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics and has written extensively on distributive justice, natural law, corruption and economics, with many of his articles appearing in The Wall Street Journal, La Nación (Argentina’s major newspaper), and academic journals. He has lectured on these topics at various universities throughout Latin America and in the United States.
 
Robert Devlin
 
Robert Devlin has been an economist at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C., since 1994. He currently is Deputy Manager of the Integration and Regional Programs Department. From 1975 he worked at the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, in Santiago de Chile; his last position was Deputy Director of the Division of International Trade, Finance and Transport.

Dr. Devlin has a Ph.D. in Economics and was a lecturer at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, in Washington D.C. during the period 1987-1990. He has published four books and numerous articles in the area or international economics and economic development. Dr. Devlin is on the Advisory Committee of the Latin American Trade Network.


Eric P. Farnsworth
 
Mr. Farnsworth is an international strategic consultant, focusing on business facilitation efforts with U.S. corporations overseas and assisting foreign corporations and governments in Washington, DC. He consults extensively with the Organization of American States on matters of anti-corruption policy, and has an active role in the foreign policy debate as Adjunct Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He speaks and writes frequently on hemispheric issues, and has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines.
 
Mr. Farnsworth formerly worked in the White House, where he served for over three years as the Policy Director to the Counselor to the President and Special Envoy for the Americas.
 
Congressman Rubén Hinojosa
 
Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, a longtime businessman and native of South Texas, was elected to Congress in November 1996. The Congressman serves on two House Committees: Education and the Workforce, and Financial Services. He is also a Co-Chair of the Democratic Caucus Education Task Force. Congressman Hinojosa has distinguished himself as an advocate for education, Social Security, health care, agriculture, veterans' issues, economic development and infrastructure projects.
 
Prior to his election to the House of Representatives, Congressman Hinojosa served twenty years as President and CFO of a food processing company, H&H Foods, which has received national awards from the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Small Business Administration in Washington, D.C.
 
In recognition of his achievements in Congress and of his service to his community, Congressman Hinojosa has received numerous awards, including honors in the areas of economic development, education, business, agriculture, and health care.
 
Jon E. Huenemann
 
Jon Huenemann is Senior Vice-President of FH/GPC, the strategic advisory, government relations, and public affairs subsidiary of Fleishman-Hillard International Communications (FH), the largest communications firm in North America, with over 80 offices worldwide. Mr. Huenemann leads the trade, investment and global markets practice group, providing strategic counsel and representation for clients.
 
Prior to joining FH/GPC in 2000, Mr. Huenemann spent 15 years in the Executive Office of the President, where he was the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for North American Affairs and a member of the Senior Executive Service. He was the chief strategist on Canada, Mexico and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and managed the trilateral work program. He was Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Western Hemisphere Affairs. He led the negotiations on Chile’s bid to accede to the NAFTA, managed trade relations with Mexico and the NAFTA, was a senior negotiator on the trade action plan at the first Summit of the Americas, and spearheaded a number of trade negotiations in Latin America.   He was the Director for Brazil and Southern Cone Affairs at USTR and a key architect of the trade component of the Enterprise for the Americas Initiative. He was Chief of the Advance Team and Coordinator of the U.S. Delegation to the Ministerial Review of the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations in Montreal.

William Lane
 
Bill Lane is a leading business advocate for free trade and engagement in Washington D.C. He has been with Caterpillar since 1975 and is currently the company’s Washington Director for Government Affairs. Mr. Lane is a co-chair of USTrade, a coalition supporting Trade Promotion Authority, and is Vice President of the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign, a group supporting a robust international affairs budget.

Previously Mr. Lane founded and chaired the USA Engage Coalition. He has held numerous leadership positions with the Business Roundtable, National Foreign Trade Council, and Alliance for GATT NOW. During the late 1980s he founded and led the Zero Tariff Coalition and Coalition of American Steel Using Manufacturers. 

Mr. Lane is a member of the U.S. Industry Advisory Committee for Trade Policy. He received his BA and MA degrees from the Pennsylvania State University and attended the University of Cologne in Germany. Mr. Lane is an Adjunct Instructor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University.

Hector Marquez

Hector Marquez is Director of the Trade and NAFTA office at the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D. C. He was Director General for Analysis of International Trade Agreements in Mexico’s Economic Secretariat, where he assisted in negotiating trade agreements between Mexico and the rest of the world. He monitored the implementation of those agreements for both the Mexican federal government and international commercial partners. He represented Mexico in specific negotiations on dumping, antitrust, and customs procedures. 

As Secretary of Commerce and Industrial Promotion, Mr. Marquez represented the Mexican government in negotiations of antidumping in the automobile, textile, and steel sectors under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Mr. Marquez received a Ph.D in Economics from Rochester University, where he was also assistant professor. He was professor of economics at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, in Mexico.

Jose F. Niño
 
Jose F. Niño is Chairman of Cypress Capital Group, an international financial services company whose clients span the Western Hemisphere and include heads of state. Born in Texas and raised in Chicago, Mr. Niño has many years of experience in working with entrepreneurs, the federal government, corporate America, and the Hispanic community.
 
For eight years Mr. Niño was President and CEO of the US Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (USHCC), the business organization that represents more than 1.3 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States and Puerto Rico. Mr. Niño was Hispanic Business Advisor to President George Bush and to the Clinton Administration.
 
Mr. Niño is on the US-TRADE Secretariat FTAA Committee, which lobbies congress in support of passage of the FTAA. Mr. Niño is a member of the Executive Board of the Hispanic Council on International Relations (HCIR), which is very involved in FTAA passage too.
 
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
 
Dr. Miguel Angel Rodriguez recently completed his term as President of Costa Rica (1998-2002). He is currently J.B. and Maurice Shapiro Visiting Professor of International Affairs at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. Dr. Rodriguez has been a leader of the United Social Christian Party for many years and has served as President of the Costa Rican Legislative Assembly as well as President of the Christian Democrats of America.
 
Before entering public office, Dr. Rodriguez had a highly successful career as a businessman. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California-Berkeley, and has taught Economics at the University of Costa Rica and the Autonomous University of Central America. Dr. Rodriguez has also been Director of Agro-Industrial and Export Bank, SA and President of Agrodynamic International, SA, two leading Costa Rican corporations.
 
Regina K. Vargo
 
Regina K. Vargo is the Assistant U. S. Trade Representative for the Americas. She is responsible for bilateral trade relations and plurilateral efforts, including the NAFTA, the FTAA negotiations, and the U.S.-Chile FTA negotiations.
 
Before joining USTR in June of 2001, Ms. Vargo was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for the Western Hemisphere. In this position, she directed the Department’s activities on trade and investment policy and on commercial and economic relations with the countries of the region.
 
Mike Zellner
 
Mike Zellner is editor-in-chief of Latin Trade, Latin America’s premier pan-regional business magazine, published in English and Spanish, with more than 400,000 readers worldwide. Zellner is part of the team that has made the magazine Latin America’s fastest growing business publication, with triple-digit paid circulation growth. Since Zellner joined Latin Trade in 1998, the magazine has issued the best-selling single issues on newsstands in its history, as well as launched a market-leading Mexico edition. During his fifteen years covering Latin America, Zellner has helped launch publications in Mexico, as well as opened editorial offices in Mexico, Brazil and the United States. He has served as editor at numerous magazines, including Dow Jones & Co. and Euromoney publications. Zellner holds a BA in economics from Tufts University.