Conference Call: Coronavirus and its Consequences for Latin American & Caribbean Economies

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Covid-19 and Latin America Conference Call Series 

*This event is now at capacity. We will share a recording of this call and a written summary following the event.*

As the Covid-19 pandemic spreads around the world, many Latin American and Caribbean countries continue to report new cases as governments take emergency actions to contain the virus.

The consequences for the global economy will likely be significant, leading to important questions about how the Latin American and Caribbean region will fare economically:

  • How will Covid-19 affect the global economy in the short- and longer-term, and how will Latin American and Caribbean countries perform?
  • What measures are Latin American governments taking to lessen the economic fallout from the global health pandemic? 
  • Which social and economic groups will be most affected, and what can governments and private sectors do to reduce costs to the most vulnerable? 
  • Is there tension between protecting the economy and assisting vulnerable groups?
  • How can countries of the region work together to confront this crisis? 

For in-depth discussion of these and other issues, join us for a conference call with Alicia Bárcena, a member of the Inter-American Dialogue and executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Chile, and Santiago Levy, non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and former vice president for sectors and knowledge at the Inter-American Development Bank as well as former deputy minister of Mexico’s Ministry of Finance and Public Credit. Michael Shifter, the president of the Inter-American Dialogue, will moderate the discussion. This is the first in a series of conversations on the effects of Covid-19 in Latin America.

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Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) (@aliciabarcena)


Non-resident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution



President, Inter-American Dialogue (@MichaelShifter)

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