Nearly all cocaine produced worldwide comes from three countries: Perú, Bolivia, and Colombia. The sale of illegal narcotics has plagued the international community for the past forty years, while directly affecting political institutions, economic development and social progress in Latin America. For this reason, this long term problem requires both innovative and cross-sector strategies based on previous learnings and a critical assessment of its successes and failures. This conversation will examine issues central to the unique nature of crisis: the cycle from coca cultivation to drug trafficking, affects to security, and what can be done to address this situation.
The Venezuelan humanitarian crisis can only be described as utterly tragic. Worsening economic conditions, the return of previously eradicated diseases such as malaria, and the complete rupture of the democratic order have sent Venezuela on an even deeper downward spiral. The crisis has spilled over to Venezuela’s neighbors, as Venezuelans increasingly flee to Colombia, Brazil, and the wider Caribbean region because of hunger and instability at home. The crisis has thus taken on a regional and global focus, as the world closely follows the situation in Venezuela. In discussing this crisis, we hope to determine partnership-based solutions to alleviate the suffering of the Venezuelan people – both in Venezuela and neighboring countries – and an action plan for the international community to push for a return to democracy in Venezuela.
(Español abajo.) In the global landscape of regulation and policy, there is a consensus as to the desired impact goals, but diverging opinions on how to accomplish these goals. When developing regulatory structures, it is imperative that discussions include all stakeholders in order to make informed decisions and better understand points of view. Polarization between the public and private sector can often lead to missed impact opportunities for the sake of citizens and customers alike. This conversation, set within the framework of harm reduction and reduced-risk tobacco products, takes place as part of a series of high-level discussions throughout 2018 that aim to rethink policy development from a perspective of inclusivity - one which recognizes the role of the private sector in developing and, oftentimes, implementing innovative solutions to global challenges, the role of civil society in informing and monitoring solutions, and the role of government in regulating and enforcing policies. /// Para mejorar la salud pública, tanto el sector público como el privado deben cooperar en el desarrollo de políticas y prácticas que reduzcan la tasa de enfermedades no transmisibles. Al abordar las prácticas de consumo y los productos utilizando los últimos datos y la ciencia, las empresas y los gobiernos pueden aprovechar este material para generar impacto a gran escala. La innovación en la reducción del daño, impulsada por los avances en tecnología y una mayor conciencia entre los consumidores, es esencial para el progreso social requiere un entorno regulatorio y económico inclusivo que respalde el progreso y el diálogo de todos los actores. Esta discusión busca comprender mejor estos nuevos avances y visualiza un ambiente inclusivo que fomente la innovación a través de políticas públicas que apoyan la reducción del daño, y resalte las regulaciones y los impuestos que fomentan la innovación.
With introductory remarks from Ms. Maria Paula Correa
An interview with Hon. Mark Green by Matthew A. Swift, CEO, Co-Founder & Chairman, Concordia
Information and communication technologies have facilitated Latin America’s increased participation in global networks. Beyond this macroscopic achievement, the arrival of these technologies raises questions about the degree to which citizens ought to access them. What constitutes the responsible administration of the resulting data for private companies and governments? The democratizing effect of access to technology is a powerful one, yet the complications of data privacy beg a conversation oriented towards good practices and the formulation of regulatory policies that guarantee the privacy of the data. Therefore, coordination on the part of the public and private sectors is the only way to guarantee an equitable, secure and prosperous digital future.
Juan Manuel Barrientos will discuss the role of entrepreneurship and the private sector in reconciliation.
Remarks from Guillermo Botero, President of Fenalco
A seated interview with Ryan Brennan, Vice President for the Office of Investment Policy, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and Gustau Alegret, Director, US News, NTN24.
Colombia boasts one of the highest rates of healthcare coverage in Latin America, yet the national effort to further improve access and quality has stalled, with the ultimate burden being shouldered by the public. This strategic dialogue will look at viable learnings from past health care laws in Colombia and across the region and, based on the existing regulatory framework, explore possible avenues to scale access and bridge the current urban-rural and income divides. Additionally, the dialogue will unpack hyper-regulation and affiliated inefficiencies degrading Colombia’s healthcare system, and look for constructive strategies that the incoming Administration can adopt and resource.
Remarks from Gen. (Ret.) David H. Petraeus, Chairman, KKR Global Institute; Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency; Leadership Council Member, Concordia
The future of Colombia is dependent on a myriad of factors, not least of which is how Colombia engages with - both economically and politically - the rest of the world. From tariffs to foreign direct investment and security policies, the actions Colombia takes in the coming years in relation to other countries will have a lasting impact on its citizens. With a diverse group of international perspectives from across the economic, diplomacy, and security fields, this session will uncover strategies Colombia can use to engage internationally that protects Colombian priorities while creating an atmosphere of open dialogue and exchange with governments and businesses alike.
A Fireside Chat between Marta Lucía Ramirez, Vice-President Elect, Republic of Colombia and Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center, Harvard University & Former Under Secretary for Global Affairs, U.S. Department of State