SOURCE: The Miami Herald

The Miami Herald

The Miami Herald

September 08, 2010 13:39 ET

Key Hemispheric Leaders Headline 14th Annual Americas Conference®, The Americas: A New Era of Transition and Innovation

Premier Business and Political Forum Will Discuss Upcoming Elections, Political and Fiscal Stress, Innovation and Social Prosperity

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwire - September 8, 2010) -  An internationally renowned group of government land business leaders will gather in Coral Gables on September 14-15, 2010 for the 14th annual Americas Conference®, an event co-hosted by The Miami Herald and The World Bank.

The acclaimed forum, covering economic, political and public policy issues facing the region, is expected to draw top executives and political leaders from the Hemisphere. Confirmed speakers include: Mauricio Funes, President of El Salvador; Arturo Valenzuela, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs; Jean Max Bellerive, Prime Minister of Haiti; Augusto de la Torre, Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean, The World Bank, among Latin-American Ministers and others.

The conference will start with a special address by David Landsberg, president and publisher of the Miami Herald Media Company, and Pamela Cox, Vice President for the Latin America and Caribbean Region for The World Bank; followed by Augusto de la Torre's presentation of the World Bank's Semi Annual Economic Analysis for the Region. A sequence of principal addresses focusing on the region's most critical issues will round off the first day. 

"This year's conference line-up is very strong, with keynoters, such as Salvadoran President, Mauricio Funes, who represent Latin America's changing political landscape," said David Landsberg. "We also have a robust group of cabinet-level leaders from across the Hemisphere, so you can count on an interesting cross-section of perspectives on the region's most pressing issues."

The Americas Conference® welcomed The World Bank as a programming partner in 2008. The two organizations have joined efforts to plan the 2010 Americas Conference®, leveraging their extensive contacts in Latin America and the Caribbean. The event will draw more than 500 of the Hemisphere's key decision makers.

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

  • Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes, who will address the future of El Salvador and its role in the region.
  • Arturo Valenzuela, US Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, who will speak about US policy relative to the region's new political landscape.
  • Prime Minister Jean Max Bellerive, who will address Haiti's post-earthquake reconstruction effort, Latin America's economic opportunities and challenges.
  • The status of Innovation in Latin America.
  • Brazil's profile as a rising power in the region.

The first day will end with a special presentation of a trailer for "Nou Bouke" (We're Tired), which is currently in production by The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald in partnership with PBS. 

The second day will open with an address by Manny Garcia, Executive Editor for El Nuevo Herald and Marcelo Giugale, The World Bank's Director of Economic Policy for Latin America. Other panel topics on this day will feature:

  • A discussion of Latin America's commodities
  • Upcoming elections in Argentina, Mexico and Venezuela
  • Caribbean Development and Recovery after the Economic Crisis
  • A Miami Herald-Newlink Research survey on US Hispanics and immigration reform
  • Principal address by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos

Other confirmed panelists include:

  • Fernando Tudela, Under Secretary of Planning, Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), Mexico (confirmed)
  • Ricardo Alfonsín, Opposition leader, Argentina
  • Ricardo Hausmann, Director, International Development Center, Harvard Kennedy School

For more information about the Americas Conference® 2010, please visit 

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.

About the Miami Herald Media Company
The Miami Herald Media Company (MHMC) publishes The Miami Herald, winner of 20 Pulitzer Prizes, and El Nuevo Herald, recipient of the Ortega y Gasset international prize for Spanish-language publications. Together, our global print and online platforms reach 1.3 million newspaper readers each week and 6.5 million web visitors every month.

MHMC also publishes, South Florida's most comprehensive interactive guide to local entertainment and attractions. MHMC produces content across all media, including video, mobile formats and radio broadcasts on WLRN/Herald News, as well as custom publications for hotels, airlines and other clients.

For more information, please visit our websites:,,

The Americas Conference® is supported by:
American Airlines, Telefonica International, HSBC, Newlink Group and Infobae America.
Media Partners include:
Revista Competencia and Marketwire.