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IDB to host International conference on developing capital markets in Latin America and Caribbean

Prominent bankers, business leaders, regulators, and international development experts will offer ideas on new approaches to develop capital markets in Latin America and the Caribbean at a roundtable to be held at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 5-6.

The roundtable will address second generation issues pertinent to the development of capital markets, including the roles of market institutions and institutional investors, the development of domestic bond markets, and the importance of regional market integration.

Immediately following the roundtable, there will be an intensive workshop on access to risk capital financing by small and medium-size companies that will take place on the afternoon of Feb. 6.

IDB President Enrique V. Iglesias will inaugurate the roundtable, and Antonio Vives, deputy manager of the IDB Sustainable Development Department, will deliver closing remarks.

Among the other speakers will be Daniel Marx, finance secretary, Ministry of Economy, Argentina; Gilberto Mifano, CEO, Bovespa; Eduardo Aninat, deputy managing director, International Monetary Fund; Carlos Weitz, superintendent, Comisión Nacional de Valores of Argentina; Jose Luiz Osorio, president, Comisão de Valores Mobilarios of Brazil.

Doug Atkin, president and CEO of Instinet Corporation, will be giving a luncheon address on Feb. 5.

The roundtable will also feature two concurrent panels to analyze and discuss country capital market strategies for countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Among those to be featured in these sessions will be Augusto Acosta, president, Bolsa de Bogota; Richard Young, CEO, Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange; Alejandro Ferreira, superintendent, Supertintendencia – AFP, Chile; and Enrique Ruete, Director HBSC, Argentina Holdings S.A.

The second day of the roundtable will focus on the role of the private sector in promoting capital markets, with the specific focus on the development of bond markets and institutional investors.

The workshop on risk capital for small and medium-size companies, to be held subsequent to the roundtable, will be organized by the Multilateral Investment Fund and is sponsored by the international law firm Morrison & Foerster LLP, together with several other law firms and institutions.

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