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Young Latin Americans embody the region’s promise and perils. They stand at the crossroads of a region whose once promising economy and social progress are now undergoing a slowdown. Investing in youth, who make up a quarter of Latin America’s population, is one way to overcome current conditions and fuel endogenous growth. But too many youth lack the skills and education to be productive in society. What are some of the barriers preventing them from acquiring the tools and knowledge necessary for success? How can countries invest in skills and entrepreneurship to consolidate long-term growth?

The Inter-American Dialogue was pleased to host the launch of the report Latin American Economic Outlook 2017: Youth, Skills and Entrepreneurship, produced by the OECD, ECLAC and CAF, which focuses on the attitudes, challenges and opportunities of Latin America’s youth.


Opening Remarks:

  • Michael Shifter, President, Inter-American Dialogue (@MichaelShifter)
  • Roberto Martinez, Head, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Center in Mexico (@Martinez1Rob)
  • Inés Bustillo, Director, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) Washington Office


  • Adriana Arreaza, Director of Macroeconomic Studies, CAF – Development Bank of Latin America 
  • Angel Melguizo, Head, Latin American Unit, OECD Development Centre (@AngelMelguizo)

Panel Discussion: 

  • Mariana Costa, Co-Founder and CEO, Laboratoria (@LaboratoriaLA)
  • Clemencia Consentino, Director of STEM Research and Evaluation, Mathematica Policy Research
  • Carlos Ganoza, Chief of Staff, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Peru


  • Ariel Fiszbein, Education Program Director, Inter-American Dialogue (@afiszbein)