SOURCE: Burson-Marsteller


September 15, 2009 16:57 ET

The 13th Annual Americas Conference®, After the Crisis: Emerging Challenges and Political Stability

Premier Business and Political Forum to Discuss Pivotal Issues Facing Latin America and the Caribbean's Emerging Challenges and Political Stability

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwire - September 15, 2009) - An internationally distinguished group of government officials and business leaders will gather in Coral Gables on September 29-30, 2009 for the 13th annual Americas Conference®, an event co-hosted by Florida International University, The World Bank and The Miami Herald.

The acclaimed forum, covering economic, political and public policy issues facing the region, is expected to draw top executives and political leaders from the region. Confirmed speakers include Jose Antonio García Belaúnde, Peru's Minister of Foreign Affairs; José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General, OAS; Mauricio Macri, Buenos Aires' Mayor; Eduardo Torres Llosa, BBVA's CEO; Javier Hurtado Mercado, President of Irupana Andean Organic Food; Daniel Scioli, Governor of the Buenos Aires province; Everett Eissenstat, US Trade Representative for the Americas and Carlos "Chacho" Alvarez, Mercosur's President, among others.

The conference will kick off with a special address by David Landsberg, president and publisher of the Miami Herald Media Company, followed by roundtable discussions that will focus on the region's recovery, economic development and business opportunities.

"We are honored to have the President of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias, an advocate of peace and human progress, as a guest speaker during our lunch." said David Landsberg.

For the second year, The Miami Herald and FIU have joined forces on the Americas Conference®, along with the support of the State of Florida's Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development and FIU's Institute for Public Management and Community Service (IPMCS). In addition, the conference welcomes The World Bank as a programming partner for the first time this year. The event will draw more than 500 of the hemisphere's key decision makers.

"By coming together, FIU and The Miami Herald are providing a forum for leaders in our hemisphere to discuss the issues that are defining our region in the 21st century," said FIU President Mark Rosenberg, who will participate in the conference. "This is an extension of FIU's commitment to make 'international' a part of every student's education. The Americas play a pivotal role in the global community and it is our duty to train the next generation of leaders in Latin America and the Caribbean."

The opening day will feature panels and discussions on important topics such as:

--  Latin America after the crisis
--  Brazil as a global player
--  The other players in the region:
--  Global crisis, protectionism and integration
--  The business of Cuba: a discussion

The second day will open with an address by the State of Florida Governor Charlie Crist, along with State and House Representatives for the State of Florida. Other panel topics on this day will feature:

--  Mexico's economy at a crossroads
--  The Caribbean after the Crisis
--  "Going Green" in Latin America and the Caribbean

Other confirmed panelists include:

--  Carlo Dade, Executive Director, Canadian Foundation for the Americas
--  (FOCAL)
--  Daniel Lederman, a Senior Economist, The World Bank
--  Janet Ballantyne, Acting Assistant Administrator for LAC Bureau, USAID
--  Marcelo Giugale, Director of Economic Policy and Poverty Reduction
--  Programs for Latin America, The World Bank

For more information about the Americas Conference® 2009, please visit

About the Americas Conference®

The Americas Conference®, organized by The Miami Herald, Florida International University and The World Bank is the region's largest and most acclaimed annual forum of international executives and top government leaders, who gather for two days to discuss a wide spectrum of relevant business and political issues of crucial importance for Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Americas Conference® is supported by American Airlines, Burson-Marsteller and Chevron. Media Partners include: Radio Caracol, Revista Competencia and Marketwire.

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