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Conference on export development in Latin America and the Caribbean will be held at IDB headquarters September 18-19

Senior officials from international organizations, trade experts, and academic specialists will address a conference Sept. 18-19 in Washington, D.C., on "Export Development in the New Millennium: Challenges and Opportunities for Latin America and the Caribbean."

The forum is sponsored by the Institute for Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (INTAL) and will be held at the headquarters of the Inter-American Development Bank.

IDB President Enrique V. Iglesias and INTAL Director Juan José Taccone will deliver opening remarks to be followed by presentations from several experts and senior international officials.

In addition to the IDB and INTAL, speakers will be from the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, World Bank, World Trade Organization, Industrial Development Agency of Ireland, International Trade Center of Geneva, and Agency for Export Promotion of Brazil.

Other speakers will be from Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, University of Chile, Stockholm School of Economics, Facultad Latinamericana de Ciencias Sociales of Argentina, University of the West Indies, and Georgetown University.

The conference will focus on manufacturing productivity and international competitiveness; new approaches to evaluate the region’s natural resources and competitive advantages; the role of foreign direct investment in manufacturing productivity and linkages to global production networks; new market opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region; and multilateral rules on export promotion and approaches of trade promotion organizations.

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