On October 31, the Inter-American Dialogue and the Japan Association of Latin America and the Caribbean (JALAC) will co-host their 2nd annual Japan-Latin America Roundtable in Toyko, Japan. A select group of Latin American and Japanese policymakers and business leaders will examine Japan’s long-standing role in Latin America in the context of the region’s evolving political environment and rapidly expanding Asia-Latin America ties. Participants will also aim to identify concrete opportunities for Japanese and Latin American cooperation on the development of transpacific value chains and business networks. Japan has played a key role in developing value chains and networks in Asia in recent decades. The prospects for development of stronger trade and investment ties with Latin America are promising. 

12:00 – 13:45 Luncheon Seminar (pre-registered members only)

  • Welcome: Mr. Mikio Sasaki, Chairman, Japan Association of Latin America and the Caribbean (JALAC)
  • Keynote Address: “After the US Presidential Elections: Prospects for US- Latin America Relations”
    Michael Shifter, President, Inter-American Dialogue (IAD)
  • Commentary: Mr.Yasushi Takase, Director General, Latin America and Caribbean Affairs Bureau, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

14:15 – 17:15 Roundtable Meeting:“A New Phase in LAC-Asia Relations: Japan’s Role” (by invitation)

14:15 – 15:45 Session 1: “Japan and Latin America and the Caribbean: Navigating New Cross-Pacific Currents”

  • Moderator: Ms. Margaret Myers, Director, Latin America and the World Program, Inter-American Dialogue (IAD)
  • Keynote Speakers: Dr. Ulises Granados Quiroz, Associate Professor, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)
  • Mr. Luis Vicente León Vivas, President, DATANALISIS (Caracas); Professor, Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA)
  • Commentary: Mr. Michael Shifter, President, Inter-American Dialogue (IAD)

16:00 – 17:15 Session 2: “Ties that Bind: Japan’s Role in Developing Transpacific Global Value Chains and Business Networks”

  • Moderator: Mr. Akira Kudo, Executive Director, Japan Association of Latin America and the Caribbean (JALAC)
  • Keynote Speakers: Mr. Mauricio Mesquita Moreira, Principal Economist and Research Coordinator, Trade and Integration Section, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
  • Dr. Akio Hosono, Vice Chairman, Japan Association of Latin America and the Caribbean (JALAC), Senior Research Advisor, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Research Institute
  • Commentary: Mr. Michael Shifter, President, Inter-American Dialogue (IAD)

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