XV Regional Conference for Central America, Panama, and the Dominican Republic

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

July 25-27, 2018

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Central Bank of Honduras will host the XV Regional Conference for Central America, Panama, and the Dominican Republic on July 26-27, 2018 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. This year’s conference will focus on removing obstacles and creating opportunities for sustainable growth, making it more inclusive and resilient to external shocks. The conference will also center on the experience and challenges of Fintech, and the management of the impacts of climate change. High-level international policy makers will participate in the conference to share country experience in addressing these challenges.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

7:00–9:00 pm Reception – By the pool area

Thursday, July 26, 2018

12:00–2:00 pm Informal Lunch – By the pool area
2:00–2:30 pm Inauguration – Rooms Real III and Real IV

Opening remarks (read full text)

Mitsuhiro Furusawa, Deputy Managing Director, IMF
Juan Orlando Hernández, Constitutional President of Honduras

Closed session begins, by invitation only – media withdraws

2:30–4:00 pm

Session I. Global and Regional Outlook


Trevor Alleyne, Assistant Director and Central America Division Chief, IMF (view presentation


Verónica Zavala, General Manager of Country Department for Central America, Mexico, Panama, and the Dominican Republic, IDB


Marlon Tábora, Honduras Ambassador to the USA

Questions and Discussion

4:00–4:30 pm Coffee Break
4:30–6:00 pm

Session II. Removing Obstacles and Creating Opportunities for Sustainable Growth 


Luis Miguel Castilla, Manager, Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness, IDB (view presentation)


Rita Ramalho, Senior Manager, Global Indicators Group, Development Economics Vice-Presidency, World Bank
Pablo Sanguinetti, Corporate Director, Economic Analysis and Knowledge for Development, Development Bank of Latin America, CAF


Roberto Garcia-Saltos, Deputy Chief, Central American Division, IMF

Questions and Discussion

7:00–10:00 pm Dinner – La Cumbre Restaurant


Wilfredo Cerrato, President, Central Bank of Honduras

Keynote speaker

Augusto de la Torre, Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program, The Brookings Institution

Friday, July 27, 2018

7:30 am Deputy Managing Director High-Level Breakfast – Rooms Real I and II  (by invitation only)

8:45–10:00 am

Session III. Fintech: International Experience and Challenges 


Gabriela Andrade, Financial Markets Lead Specialist, IDB (view presentation)


Frank Hoder, Senior Strategy Consultant, Slalom Consulting
Mariana Escobar, Advisor, Financial Superintendence of Colombia


Ana Margoth Arévalo, Executive Secretary of the Central American Council of Superintendents of Banks, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions

Questions and Discussion

10:00–11:15 am

Session IV. Managing the Impacts of Climate Change 


Stephane Hallegatte, Lead Economist, Climate Change, World Bank (view presentation)


Ian Parry, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF
Amir Jina, University of Chicago, Harris School


Marlon Escoto, Presidential Appointee for Climate Change, Honduras

Questions and Discussion

11:15–11:45 am

Closing Remarks:

Wilfredo Cerrato, President, Central Bank of Honduras

Wilfredo Cerrato, President of the Central Bank Wilfredo Cerrato is the President of the Central Bank since January 2018 and Head of the Economic Cabinet since January 2016. He was Minister of Finance between 2012 and 2017. He holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration from Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana, a post-graduate degree in Finance from the Universidad Católica de Honduras, and a MBA from Instituto Centroamericano de Administración de Empresas INCAE (Nicaragua).

Alejandro Werner, Director, Western Hemisphere Department, IMF
Olivier Castro, President, Central American Monetary Council and President of the Central Bank of Costa Rica
Ovidio Reyes, President, Central Bank of Nicaragua
11:45 am–12:15 pm Press Conference – Rooms Real I and II
Press Release
12:00–2:00 pm Informal Lunch – By the pool area
7:00 pm Closing Reception – BCH Social Club