SOURCE: The Miami Herald

The Miami Herald

The Miami Herald

September 15, 2010 16:27 ET

Fourteenth Annual Americas Conference Explores Keeping the Growth Going in the Hemisphere

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwire - September 15, 2010) - The Americas Conference, organized by The Miami Herald and The World Bank, concludes today at The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. Day one delved deeply into the issues facing the region, including a keynote address by Mauricio Funes, the President of El Salvador.

Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive insisted Tuesday that progress is being made in his devastated homeland despite the trickle of international aid. President Bill Clinton, who was last year's keynote speaker, sent a special video message to this year's attendees.

Panelists on Brazil said Tuesday the nation is finally coming into its own as an emerging power. Not only will Brazil host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, but its economy is growing briskly as its middle class increases.

Here's a summary of Wednesday's conference highlights, with links to more information:

Upcoming elections in Venezuela, Argentina and Mexico could change course of each country.

As Latin America barrels through an active political season, the talk on the second day of the Conference turned to elections in Venezuela, Argentina and Mexico.

Only a year ago, Jamaican factories were closing, workers were losing their jobs, and like its Caribbean neighbors, the sun-drenched nation was struggling to weather an economic fall-out.

Now the island nation is on its way to economic recovery, like most in the English-speaking Caribbean.

Carlos Alberto Montaner, preeminent Cuba expert, author and columnist, closed the Conference with a keynote speech noting that Raul Castro is presiding over the dismantling of big brother Fidel's legacy. 

"We are in the first phase of the de-Fidelization of the country, without even waiting for the physical disappearance of the maximum leader,'' Montaner said. Read more

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About the Americas Conference®
The Americas Conference®, organized by The Miami Herald 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.

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