Latin American Trade and Investment Forum
The Latin American Trade and Investment Association (LATIA) in conjunction with Incontras International, invites you to join us for the 7th Latin American Investment Forum – LAIF 2018 in London which will bring together leading authorities in global investment and industry – joined by Ministers, Ambassadors and economic counsellors from the 19 Latam countries.
LAIF 2018 combines thought-leading content, high-level briefings and interactive discussion on the future international UK-Latin American collaboration – focusing on three inter-linked major streams of opportunity: infrastructure, energy, technology and innovation.
Since its launch in 2011, the Latin American Investment Forum has established itself as the major annual forum on Latin American investment and trade, globally.
Argentina · Bolivia · Brazil · Chile · Colombia · Costa Rica · Cuba · Dominican Republic ·Ecuador · El Salvador · Guatemala · Honduras · Mexico · Nicaragua · Panama · Paraguay · Peru · Uruguay · Venezuela
8th July 2020
8th July 2020
8th July 2020
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The Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP
Dr Antonio Celia
Hon. Alexander Brennan
Dr Ramin Wali
De La Rue
8:30 ARRIVAL BREAKFAST AND REGISTRATION
9:00 Session 1: Welcome to LAIF 2018
Introducing the work and objectives of the LATIA collective of 19 countries, and the purpose of
the LAIF 2018 forum.
9:10 Session 2: Economic partners – the future of the UK and Latin America
Keynote – The Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan KCMG MP, Minister of State for Europe and the Americas at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Fiona Mackie, Regional Director – Latin America and the Caribbean, The Economist Intelligence
Unit, in conversation with Dr Robert Thomas
Informed by the economic, political, cultural and business climate of Latin America, we assess how the investment landscape has developed over the last five years and what it might look like in the coming years.
10:00 Session 3: Doing business – the future of the investment landscape
The investment panel discuss the legal, regulatory and practical framework in which business is done in Latin America. Topics of particular focus including project structure, risk management, return on investment, and repatriation of funds.
Chair: The Hon. Alexander Brennan, Founder and CEO, Brennan & Partners
Dr Ramin Wali, Managing Partner, LLB Investment
Richard Hird, Chief Commercial Officer, De La Rue
Leonel Melo Guerrero, President of the British Chamber of Commerce of the Dominican Republic
10:45 COFFEE BREAK
11:15 Session 4: Sea, land and air – the future of transport infrastructure
The panel analyse the strategic plans and regional infrastructure requirements of Latin America, delving into the region’s projects, including state incentives, opportunities for Government collaboration and sustainable local partnerships.
Chair: Matthew Jones, Partner and Head of Construction Team, Taylor Wessing LLP
Gershon Cohen, Global Head of Infrastructure Funds, Aberdeen Standard Investments
Graham Smith, Director and Head of Sustainable Finance, HSBC
Ian Frederick Berndt, Director, Invest Chile
Andrew Comer, Partner and Director of Cities Group, BuroHappold Engineering
Gustavo Bergamasco, Country Manager, Contracta
12:00 Session 5: Keeping the lights on – the future of traditional and renewable energy
We examine Latin America’s place in the global market, its energy mix, future requirements and strategic
plans. The panel examine the opportunities for ready projects and discuss the relationship between Governments and the private sector in delivering on key strategic targets.
Chair: James McKeigue, Managing Editor, LatAm Investor
Neil Perry, Chief Financial Officer, Solar Century
Amauris Vásquez, Founding Partner, De Camps, Vasquez & Valera Attorneys at Law
Dr Antonio Celia, Former CEO of PROMIGAS, and Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics
Vanesa Bandak, Investment Manager, PROESA – Export and Investment Promotion Agency of El Salvador
14:00 Session 6: A connected world – the future of digital technology
Exploring those areas in which Latin America is already a technological leader, as well where the countries are positioning themselves for the future, and what that positioning means for the future of 4G, telecoms coverage, data centres and the internet of things. We consider the opportunities for new, innovative solutions, with a focus on their potential for social impact in a rapidly developing part of the world.
Chair: Dr Robert Thomas, Executive Director, Accademia
Robin MacKenzie, Marketing Director, De La Rue
Jorge Sequeira, Managing Director, CINDE – Costa Rica Investment Promotion Agency
Philippe Vogeleer, Director of Advisory, Vodafone
Leo Castellanos, Partner and Investment Director, SAATCHiNVEST
15:00 Closing remarks
15:15 AFTERNOON NETWORKING