VIDEO: The 1st Integration & Development Forum

VIDEO: The 1st Integration & Development Forum

Event Exclusives

We are pleased to offer you exclusive access to the 1st Integration and Development Forum. This inaugural event will bring together South America’s economic leaders with heads of regional corporations, investors and development financiers for targeted, high-level discussion on expanding partnerships in key areas to promote sustainable growth across the region.

Click a video player below for live streams of every panel beginning at 8:00 AM EST on Thursday, March 5, and 7:30 AM EST on Friday, March 6.

March 5, 08:00 – 10:00 EST
Project Showcase:
Public Financing Institutions and their Role in Development

Investment promotion agencies and development banks are playing an increasingly significant role in the growth of the regions’ countries. During this session they will present their experiences through successful case studies and opportunities to develop new projects.


Edgardo Alvarez, General Secretary, ALIDE - (1.35)
Sergio Gusmão Suchodolski, President, BDMG, Brazil - (23.11)
Philippe Orliange, Regional Representative, AFD - (43.28)
Matías Bendersky, Representative IDB in Uruguay, IDB - (1.02.49)
Joana Sarmento, Investment Officer for Latin America, European Investment Bank - (1.19.54)
Luciana Botafogo, Operations and Countries Manager, Fonplata - (1.32.55)


ALIDE Project Showcase
BDMG Project Showcase
AFD Project Showcase
IDB Project Showcase
European Investment Bank Project Showcase

March 5, 12:30 - 12:45 EST
Opening Address & Welcoming Remarks

March 5, 12:45 - 14:00 EST
Panel Discussion:
Development, Challenges and Opportunities in the Southern Cone

Trade tensions, a slower global growth and uncertainty in some of the largest economies are significant challenges for the region’s economic growth. This session will discuss growth prospects alongside the economic agendas of Paraguay’s government and the new administrations of Argentina and Uruguay, as well as their priorities for economic development.


Azucena Arbeleche, Minister of Economy and Finance, Uruguay
Benigno López, Minister of Finance, Paraguay
Gustavo Béliz, Secretary for Strategic Affairs, Argentina
Marcos Troyjo, Deputy Minister of Tarde and International Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Brazil

March 5, 14:00 - 15:00 EST
Panel Discussion:
Latin America: Growth and Social Challenges

Adopting regulations to promote a favorable business climate, safeguarding stability in the rules of the game for private activity, implementing sound fiscal policies and strengthening anti-corruption policies are some of the priority objectives in the development agenda. This session will examine the socio-political environment in the region and what actions should be taken to generate a nurturing environment for investment and sustainable and inclusive economic growth, with significant advances to improve living conditions of the population.


Mario Bergara, Senator and Former President Central Bank, Uruguay
José Luis Lupo, Manager Department of Southern Cone Countries, IDB
José Carlos Díez, Member of the Advisory Board, PNUD LATAM
Verónica Amarante, Director in Uruguay, CEPAL

March 6, 07:30 - 08:30 EST
Panel Discussion:
Trade and Integration

With prospects of a future trade agreement between the European Union and Mercosur, countries across the region continue working to expand the scale of their intra-regional and global trade. In the midst of a complex global trade scenario, this session will examine the future for integration policies in the region and the opportunities and challenges of new trade blocs such as the Pacific Alliance.


Ernesto Talvi, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Uruguay
Alejandro de la Peña Navarrete, General Secretary, ALADI
Martín Rama, Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean, World Bank
Karl-Otto König, Head of the European Union Delegation, Uruguay
Michel Arslanian Neto, Director Mercosur and Regional Integration Department, Brazil

March 6, 09:00 - 10:00 EST
Panel Discussion:
Infrastructure and Energy: The Way Forward

Adapting energy infrastructure to climate change and expanding transport and communication networks are at the core of discussions for integration and further development. Despite this, financing, regulatory and institutional obstacles still restrain possibilities of moving forward. This panel will examine the state of existing infrastructure, main investment plans, challenges and best strategies and solutions to robust the region’s infrastructure development.


Luis Alberto Heber, Minister of Transport and Public Works, Uruguay
Ignacio Gómez Nunes, Deputy Minister of Public Works and Communications, Paraguay
Jorge Capitanich, Governor Chaco Provice, Argentina
Jorge Arbache, Vicepresident Private Sector, CAF