COVID-19 AND LATIN AMERICA EVENT SERIES
Most experts agree that the Covid-19 pandemic will accelerate fundamental trends that were already underway in Latin America and the Caribbean, such as the automation of jobs, stubbornly high labor informality, a social safety net weakened by already slow economic growth, disillusionment with the quality of government services, and deep distrust of political elites. Improvements in innovation and rapid advances in digitization for some time now have been held out as potentially powerful tools to overcome problems associated with those trends. As countries of the region adjust to unprecedented circumstances and plan for economic recovery, important questions are emerging:
- How should governments in the region be preparing for ways technology will evolve in their societies, and how is the pandemic affecting their plans?
- How can innovation be deployed where most urgently needed for the recovery, such as areas like education, health, financial services, trade and others impacted by the crisis?
- What should governments be doing to facilitate innovation, streamline sound regulations, and ensure new technologies can reach the most vulnerable populations?
- What does the future of work look like in a post-pandemic Latin America, and what should companies be doing to prepare?
On May 13, the Dialogue will host an in-depth conversation on these and other topics with Carmen Pagés-Serra, the chief of the Labor Markets and Social Security Unit of the Inter-American Development Bank; Andrés Cadena, senior partner at McKinsey & Co.; Ángel Melguizo, vice president of external & regulatory affairs at AT&T DirecTV Latin America; and Victor Muñoz, the Colombian presidency’s advisor for national innovation and digital transformation.
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Chief of the Labor Markets and Social Security Unit, Inter-American Development Bank (@Carmen_pages)
Senior Partner, McKinsey & Co. (@AndresCadena_Co)
Vice President, External & Regulatory Affairs, AT&T DirecTV Latin America (@angelmelguizo)
National Innovation and Digital Transformation Advisor, Colombian Presidency (@Vicmunro)
President, Inter-American Dialogue (@Michael Shifter)