Colombia - 2020
Alejandro Reyes, Advisor to the Colombian Minister of Agriculture
Juan Carlos Esguerra, former ambassador to the United States and legal expert
Adam Isacson, Senior Associate, Washington Office on Latin America
Santiago Montenegro, former Director Colombian National Planning Office
Ali Moshiri, President, Chevron Africa and Latin America Production Company
Alberto Bernal, Bulltick LLC
Carl Meacham, Senior Staff, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Moises Naim, syndicated columnist El Pais
Hon. Gabriel Silva, Colombia's Ambassador to the United States
Hon. James Steinberg, Deputy U.S. Secretary of State
Stephen Johnson, Director, CSIS Americas Program
Meredith Broadbent, CSIS Scholl Chair in International Business
Phillip McLean, Senior Associate, CSIS Americas Program
Colombia has turned the page after decades of conflict and uncertainty, and emerges as a country with enormous political, social, and economic potential in the region. President Juan Manuel Santos, elected just a year ago, has chosen an ambitious post-conflict strategy that addresses the past with an unprecedented and historic law of Victims and Land Restitution and the present with a democratic consolidation policy. The background of this conversation is a country with healthier economic growth but also challenges of poverty and inequality. Investment could increase substantially if the U.S. - Colombian free trade agreement is approved. Moreover, Colombia is now the third largest exporter of oil to the United States in the region with significant exploration potential. Investment and development will help Colombia create employment and build a promising future for coming generations.
This conference was sponsored by the U.S. - Colombia Business Partnership through a generous donation by Chevron.