A number of high profile members of the International Diplomatic and Corporate communities highlighted the U.S. Hispanic community’s contributions to the global economy. The symposium included a keynote address by Alvaro Uribe, former president of Colombia.
The event was opened by CHLI Chairman and founder, former U.S. Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart, and featured speakers representing a diverse range of domestic and international organizations discussing the important role the U.S. Hispanic community plays in global trade. The half-day symposium on Monday October 1, 2012 included two afternoon panel discussions:
Trade – Challenges & Opportunities and Trade-Implementation & Economic Development.
The discussion on Challenges & Opportunities featured Jennifer Diaz (Becker & Poliakoff) speaking about free trade agreements, Nancy Dorn (General Electric) providing insights into both Public and Private sector perspectives on trade negotiations, Shanker Singham (Squire Sanders) speaking on international trade law, David Manke (Pratt & Whitney, United Technologies Corp.) on the role of business development and what trade means for innovation and technology, and finally U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic Raul Yzaguirre concluded the session by highlighting the role diplomatic relations plays in trade negotiations. Yzaguirre was described by Chairman Lincoln Diaz-Balart in his opening remarks as one of the individuals he has most learned from and admires.
The second session provided insights into Implementation & Economic Development with a panel featuring Anna Cabral (Inter-American Development Bank) who discussed the topics of economic development, capital development, and current trends in the Western Hemisphere; Richard Cotton (NBCUniversal) spoke about intellectual property and what trade means for commerce of ideas; Ambassador Flavio Espinal (Squire Sanders) discussed the role of bilateral relations in trade negotiations; Professor Manuel Gomez (FIU College of Law) explained how international trade law affects implementation of trade agreements; and Sarah Thorn (Walmart) wrapped up the discussion by providing a global company’s perspective on what occurs after a free trade agreement is reached.
CHLI and U.S. Hispanics
CHLI founder and Chairman, Lincoln Diaz-Balart, stressed that the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute, is a genuinely bi-partisan and centrist organization, which effectively works to highlight the extraordinary diversity of the U.S. Hispanic community as it helps numerous young U.S. Hispanics become the leaders of tomorrow.