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The Second Annual Global Business Forum on Latin America will take place on 27-28th February 2018

Shifting Synergies

November 9th - 10th 2016, Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai

Wednesday, 9th November - Day One

  • 09.00
    Welcome Address
    Confirmed speaker(s): 

    H.E. Majid Saif Al Ghurair, Chairman, Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, UAE

  • 09.10
    Winds of Change – New Directions in Latin America

    The economic slowdown and the shifting patterns of global demand are bringing stricter fiscal policies across much of Latin America as well as a more pragmatic pro-business approach to trade and investment. What opportunities are opening up as countries take new approaches to solving their challenges? Where are the deepest pockets of growth? How are GCC companies responding to the changes?

    Confirmed speaker(s): 
    Moderator: 

    John Defterios, Emerging Markets Anchor, CNN, UAE

  • 10.10
    New Models – Facilitating the Global Economy’s Infrastructure

    Many countries in Latin America and the GCC are using new approaches to accelerating trade and investment, while compensating for gaps in infrastructure and regulations. H.E. Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of DP World, explores the potential for cooperation between the Gulf and Latin America as they strengthen economic and business ties.

    Confirmed speaker(s): 
    Moderator: 

    John Yearwood, Executive Board Chairman, International Press Institute, USA

  • 10.40
    Networking Break
  • 11.10
    SECTOR INSIGHT – URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE

    Innovating to Get the Foundations Right  

    Latin America boasts some of the world’s most innovative cities, but also suffers some of the most intractable urban challenges especially around water management, transport and housing. In this session, a global expert looks at innovative new approaches to developing and financing urban infrastructure  and outlines the potential for Latin America.

    Confirmed speaker(s): 
    Moderator: 

    Simon Baptist, Chief Economist, EIU, Singapore

  • 11.40
    In Conversation with H.E. Raúl Sendic - Reshaping Latin America

    Governments across Latin America are redefining the role of the private sector, free trade and foreign investment in their economies. These shifts have challenged the unity of the continent’s oldest free-trade area, Mercosur, headquartered in Montevideo and bringing together Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Venezuela. H.E. Raúl Sendic, Vice President of Uruguay, shares his perspective on the potential for Mercosur to forge stronger ties globally and the role Uruguay is playing as a pioneer of private sector led growth.  

    Confirmed speaker(s): 
    Moderator: 

    John Defterios, Emerging Markets Anchor, CNN, UAE

  • 12.10
    In Conversation with H.E. Reem Al Hashimy – Collaborating on the Future

    Connecting Minds, Creating the Future is the theme of the World Expo that Dubai is hosting in 2020. H.E. Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General of Dubai Expo 2020 will discuss the importance of Latin America within the UAE’s international focus and the potential for collaboration around the Expo and beyond.

    Confirmed speaker(s): 
    Moderator: 

    John Defterios, Emerging Markets Anchor, CNN, UAE

  • 12.30
    Networking Lunch
  • 14.30
    MARKET SPOTLIGHT – ARGENTINA

    The Big Opening

    Under President Macri, Latin America’s second largest economy has made rapid policy changes to handle debt, inflation and international isolation. Now he is turning Argentina into an investor-friendly growth economy. We explore his plans and the business opportunities they are opening up.

    Confirmed speaker(s): 
    • Juan Pablo Tripodi, Executive Vice President, Argentina Investment and Trade Promotion Agency, Argentina
    • Daniel Melhem, Managing Partner, Knightsbridge Partners, Argentina
    Moderator: 

    Andrea Catherwood, Broadcaster and Journalist, UK

  • 15.15
    SECTOR INSIGHT - ENERGY

    The Challenge of Renewables

    Brazil, Mexico and Chile were among the world’s top ten recipients of investment into renewables in 2015. In this session, we outline the progress of and outlook for investment into renewables across Latin America, followed by 15 minutes of interactive discussion with the audience.

    Confirmed speaker(s): 
    Moderator: 

    Simon Baptist, Chief Economist, EIU, Singapore

  • 16.00
    Key Findings and Upcoming Sessions
    Confirmed speaker(s): 

    Simon Baptist, Chief Economist, EIU, Singapore

  • 16.15
    Networking Break
  • 16.30
    REGIONAL ROUNDTABLES - Understanding the MENA Region - A Business Perspective

    This session offers international delegates a chance to get a clear overview of growth opportunities and risks in the Middle East markets from a leading expert on the region. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

    Confirmed speaker(s): 
    Moderator: 

    Simon Baptist, Chief Economist, EIU, Singapore

     

  • 16.30
    REGIONAL ROUNDTABLES - The Do’s and Don’ts of Business in Latin America

    What makes business in Latin America tick? What are the similarities and differences between countries? How do business styles differ between Latin America and the Gulf? A high-level panel of executives and ministers and experts share their insights on how to expand in the region.

    Confirmed speaker(s): 
    Moderator: 

    Andrea Catherwood, Broadcaster and Journalist, UK

     

     

  • 17.30
    Networking Reception
  • 19.00
    Gala Dinner