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Narrowing the Borders: Trade Facilitation in Latin America and the Caribbean


Monday, December 7
08:00 – 08:45 Registration (and breakfast)
08:45 – 09:00 Welcoming Remarks

Antoni Estevadeordal (Manager, IDB/INT)
Heike Barczyk (Deputy Director Compliance and Facilitation, World Customs Organization) 

Robert Teh (Counsellor, World Trade Organization)


Morning Session
09:30 – 10:30 Moderation: Antoni Estevadeordal (Manager, IDB/INT)
  Out of the Border Labyrinth: Trade Facilitation under Impact Evaluation

Christian Volpe Martincus (Lead Economist, IDB/INT)
Meredith Broadbent (Chairman, USITC— United States)
Jhon Fonseca (Vice-Minister, Ministry of Foreign Trade – Costa Rica)
Robert Teh (Counsellor, World Trade Organization) 

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:00 Moderation: Fabrizio Opertti (Unit Chief, IDB/INT-TIU)

The WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement
Robert Teh (Counsellor, World Trade Organization)

Virginia Brown (Director, Office of Trade and Regulatory Reform, USAID— United States)

Russell Hillberry (Lead Economist, World Bank) 

Mauricio Mesquita Moreira (Sector Economic Advisor, IDB/INT)

12:00 – 13:00 Moderation: Carolyn Robert (Lead Specialist, IDB/INT-TIU)

Single Window
Evdokia Moise (Senior Trade Policy Analyst, OECD)
Heike Barczyk (Deputy Director Compliance and Facilitation, World Customs Organization)

John Mein (Executive Coordinator, PROCOMEX– Brazil)

Ángela Ospina Enciso (Trade Advisor, MINCIT— Colombia) 

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch


Afternoon Session
14:30 – 15:30 Moderation: Juan Blyde (Lead Economist, IDB/INT)

Coordinated Border Management and Transit Trade
Alan Fox (International Economist, USITC - United States) and Pilar Londoño-Kent (International Trade and Development Consultant)

Jaime Granados (Lead Specialist, IDB/INT-TIU)
Kala Krishna (Professor, Pennsylvania State University)
Fabián Ronquillo (Advisor, SENAE — Ecuador)

15:30 – 16:30 Moderation: Sandra Corcuera Santamaría (Specialist, IDB/INT-TIU)

Authorized Economic Operator
Toshihiko Osawa (Technical Officer, World Customs Organization)
Eric Miller (Senior Executive and Policy Leader, Canadian Council of Chief Executives— Canada)
Elizabeth Schmelzinger (C-TPAT Acting Director, CBP-CTPAT – United States)

María Elena Sierra Galindo (Central Administrator of International Affairs for Foreign Trade Audit,SAT— Mexico) 

16:30 – 17:00 Coffee Break
17:00 – 18:00 Moderation: Isabel Mejia Rivas (Specialist, IDB/INT-TIU)

Postal Trade and eCommerce
Francisco Estrázulas (Consultant, IDB/INT-TIU)
Rose Mary Antunes (Senior Post Analyst, Ministry of Communications – Brazil)
Arnaldo Alvarado Burga (Major, Postal and Air Customs, SUNAT – Peru)

Maritza Castro (Customs and Regulatory Affairs Executive, DHL Americas)
Wendy Eitan (Economics and Markets Coordinator, Universal Postal Union) 

18:00 – 18:45 Panel: Capacity Building in Trade Facilitation
Joaquim Tres Viladomat (Principal Specialist, IDB/INT)
Gabriel Aqueveque Calderón (Chief, Capacity Building, National Customs Service–Chile) 
Matthew Wilson (Chief of Staff, International Trade Center)
18:45 – 19:00 Closing
Antoni Estevadeordal (Manager, IBD/INT)
José Raúl Perales (Assistant Secretary for the Private Sector, Department of Homeland Security – USA)


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