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INTAL celebrates its 50th anniversary reimagining the future of Latin America and the Caribbean

International experts in disruptive technologies, entrepreneurs, and specialists in trade, the environment, employment and integration will gather at the Oct 7 event

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – To celebrate the 50th anniversary of its creation, the Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (INTAL), a unit of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), is organizing a conference to examine the impact of the technological revolution on trade and integration in the region.

Biotechnology, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence and other disruptive technologies have an amazing potential for transformation, while simultaneously posing unexpected challenges for employment, social inclusion, trade policies, and environmental protection.

The conference, to be held on Oct. 7 at the Buenos Aires Auditorium, will host leading international experts exploring questions such as: What are the best public policies to encourage innovation? How can we incorporate technology into our natural resources, adding value to our exports?

Are we undergoing a radical change in our integration and trade paradigm? How will the new scenario impact lives of people in Latin America and the Caribbean? What jobs will be in increasing demand, and what professions will become outdated?

The following people are among those who have confirmed their participation:

Raymond McCauley, from Singularity University. Founder of BioCurious, a Silicon Valley biotechnology lab focused on innovation.

Carl Frey, from Oxford University. Director of the Programme on Technology and Employment at the Oxford Martin School.

Jean Paul Fitoussi, from the Paris Institute of Political Studies, who jointly with Nobel Prize winners Amartya Sen and Joseph Stiglitz, headed the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Development and Social Progress.

Santiago Bilinkis, founding partner of Quasar Ventures, and author of the best-seller Pasaje al Futuro.

Martin Migoya, CEO at Globant, a leading company in the Latin American innovation software market.

Facundo Manes, rector of Favaloro University, neuroscientist and author of the best-seller Usar el Cerebro.

Raúl Sendic, Vice-President of Uruguay and former president of ANCAP, the state oil company.

Enrique Iglesias, former IDB president and former Ibero-American Secretary General.

Lino Barañao, Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation from Argentina.

Santiago Levy, Vice-President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

INTAL-LAB, a space for the co-creation of innovating ideas on integration and trade, will be presented at the event. Also, the final competition of INTAL D-TEC (a contest organized with Endeavor for start-ups with a potential for transformation) will take place, among other activities of interest to academia, technologists, students, government officials and business executives.

WHAT: INTAL 50 YEARS. Reimagining Regional Integration in the Era of Disruptive Technologies

WHEN: October 7, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Buenos Aires Auditorium, Av. Pueyrredón 2101, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Admission is free and open to the public. Prior registration at is required.

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The Inter-American Development Bank is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source oflong-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean.The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance and training to public and private sector clients throughout the region.