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Opening Remarks Todd Moss
Vice President for Programs and Senior Fellow, CGD
Vice President, Latin America and the Caribbean Region, World Bank
Presentation Augusto de la Torre
Chief Economist, Latin America and the Caribbean Region, World Bank
Senior Economist, Latin America and the Caribbean Region, World Bank
Discussion Panel Liliana Rojas Suarez
Senior Fellow and Director, Latin America Initiative, CGD (discussion chair)
Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, World Bank
Professor of Economics, Tulane University
Non-Resident Fellow, CGD
Latin America's emerging middle class, defined as those unlikely to fall back into poverty, has grown by 50% in recent years and now includes one of every three people on the continent, roughly equal to the number of people who remain poor. A new World Bank study finds many potential benefits from this surging middle class but cautions that these benefits can only be fully realized if countries can strike a new social contract that links middle class interests to the inclusion of those left behind. The event will include presentation of the report's key findings and a panel discussion with some of the leading experts on the region's middle classes.