Alejandro Werner, Director, Western Hemisphere Department, International Monetary Fund
Santiago Levy, Vice President for Sectors and Knowledge, Inter-American Development Bank
Liliana Rojas-Suarez, Director, Latin American Initiative, Center for Global Development
Masood Ahmed, President, Center for Global Development
Economic recovery in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is gaining momentum, but more work is needed to ensure growth is both sustainable and inclusive. Looking ahead, activity is expected to gather further momentum—reflecting stronger demand at home and a supportive external environment. But there are still challenges ahead. Risks to the region’s outlook reflect internal factors as well as heightened external risks—notably, a shift towards more protectionist policies and a sudden tightening of global financial conditions. Additionally, longer-term growth prospects for Latin America and the Caribbean remain subdued.
In his presentation, Alejandro Werner will review the IMF’s latest economic outlook for the LAC region, covering key challenges going forward to help the region’s policymakers tackle inequality and boost longer-term growth prospects.