24th Annual CAF Conference to Address the Impact of Covid-19 in the Americas

September 8, 2020, 9 a.m. (ET)
Contact: Irene Estefanía
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Washington, DC – On September 9, 10 & 11, for the first time in its 24-year-history, the Annual CAF – Conference, jointly organized by CAF-Development Bank of Latin America, the Inter-American Dialogue, and the Organization of American States, will be convened virtually.

At a time of great uncertainty, global experts will discuss lessons learned and development prospects for Latin America and the Caribbean in a post Covid-19 world. Panelists will address the global economic recovery, the failures and successes of healthcare systems in the region, the need for a digital transformation, the growing threats to democratic governance, global solutions to climate change in a post-pandemic world, and the impact of the US presidential election on inter-american relations.

Established in 1996, the Annual CAF Conference has brought together more than 1,000 world leaders to debate and discuss the most pressing developments facing the Americas. The event has grown to become the primary forum for policymakers and analysts, journalists, governments and international organizations, entrepreneurs and investors, and civil society representatives to review progress and confront pending challenges in the Western Hemisphere.

“This year’s conference comes at a crucial time,” said Luis Carranza, executive president and CEO of CAF. “We need to work together to tackle the challenges posed by Covid-19. With this year’s conference, we hope to make considerable progress.”

“We are proud to partner with CAF and the OAS for this important conference,” added Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue. “Greater hemispheric cooperation is vital to overcome the crisis. It is the only way to effectively address the many challenges we are facing in the Americas.”

Notes to Editors

This event is open to registered press. Register here. Members of the press will have access to a press room on the conference’s platform where they will find an interview request form for speakers. For additional details, please email press@thedialgoue.org

CAF, Development Bank of Latin America, promotes sustainable development and regional integration by means of financing projects in the public and private sectors, providing technical cooperation, and other specialized services. Created in 1970, it is made up of 19 countries, 17 Latin American and Caribbean, together with Spain and Portugal, and 13 private banks. It is one of the main sources of multilateral financing and an important generator of knowledge for the region.

Since its inception nearly four decades ago, the Inter-American Dialogue has worked to engage our network of global leaders to foster democratic governance, prosperity, and social equity in Latin America and the Caribbean. Together, we work to shape policy debate, devise solutions, and enhance cooperation within the Western Hemisphere.

The Organization of American States uses a four-pronged approach to effectively implement its essential purposes. The Organization’s four main pillars – democracy, human rights, security, and development – support each other and are intertwined through political dialogue, inclusiveness, cooperation, and legal and follow-up instruments that provide the OAS with the tools to maximize its work in the Hemisphere.