Colombia is in the midst of a new era, one marked by possibility, innovation, and entrepreneurship. A beacon for Latin America, the country is on an unparalleled trajectory of advancement, growth, and stability.
It’s been an honor to return to Bogotá this year and see Colombia’s culturally-rich capital become a hub of global discussion. From the catastrophic crisis in Venezuela to the flourishing biodiversity of Colombia and the surge in artificial intelligence across Latin America, the 2019 Americas Summit provided an international platform through which to elevate the power of collaboration in driving the future of the Western Hemisphere.
Gathering world-renowned political leaders, business innovators, global non-governmental representatives, and impressive young minds, our fourth Americas Summit tackled some of the toughest issues facing the hemisphere. Crucially, the Summit witnessed the signing of important multilateral agreements between the U.S. and Colombian governments, while also announcing the launch of cutting-edge cross-sector partnerships. It was an honor to once again welcome President Duque to Concordia, and to provide an opportunity for critical conversation between his Administration and the extensive delegation of officials, senators, and congressmen and women from the United States.
As our largest and most ambitious Latin American gathering to date, the sheer diversity and vibrancy of this year’s program is a testament to the growth of our Americas Initiative over the last four years. The morning sessions of the Summit’s opening day welcomed individuals not only from Colombia and the U.S., but from Asia and Africa as well. These speakers sparked fertile dialogue and contributed to a hive of productive activity over the course of the two days.
We would like to take the opportunity to thank our Leadership Council for their ongoing guidance and their integral role in shaping the Americas Initiative into what it is today. A huge thank you, also, to our Members, Sponsors, Advisors, Speakers, and Board for their dedication and insight.
We look forward to continuing these conversations with you at the 2019 Concordia Annual Summit in New York City in September.