Margaret Myers, director of the Dialogue’s China and Latin America Program, joined Hutton & Williams in New York for their annual forecast conference. This year’s event, sponsored by the Spain-US Chamber, the Brazilian American Chamber of Commerce, and Latinvex, focused on Asia’s increasing investment into Latin America and its economic and political impact and influence in the region.
Myers’ panel, “Insights on the Economic, Political, and Business Outlook in Latin America,” was moderated by Wally Martinez, managing partner at Hunton & Williams LLP. Other speakers included Mauricio Mesquita Moreira, principal economic advisor at the Inter-American Development Bank, and Rodrigo Cubero, deputy division chief for Asia and the Pacific at the International Monetary Fund.
2009 has not been a good year for U.S.-Latin America relations. Despite their warm welcome at the April Summit, Latin America’s governments made life more difficult than anticipated for President Obama.
At the Inter-American Dialogue, José Miguel Insulza described the events of September 30, in which Ecuadoran police brought the country to a standstill after they rioted and trapped President Rafael Correa in a Quito hospital for several hours.