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49th Annual Conference on the Americas with Vice President Pence

Washington DC – 05-07-19 –

Vice President Mike Pence delivered remarks at the 49th Annual Washington Conference on the Americas, co-hosted by the U.S. Department of State and the Council of the Americas at the Department of State.

This year’s conference will also feature remarks by Vice President of Colombia Marta Lucia Ramirez; President-elect of El Salvador Nayib Bukele; Secretary of Foreign Relations of Mexico Marcelo Ebrard; Minister of International Trade Diversification of Canada Jim Carr; Acting U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan; U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Bill Cassidy; U.S. Representative Eliot Engel; and Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Kimberly Breier. More information on the program can be found here.

The Washington Conference on the Americas, the premier Washington event on the Western Hemisphere, will bring together senior officials from the U.S. administration and distinguished leaders from across the region to focus on the major policy issues affecting the hemisphere. Please make plans now to join us for this important event.

We are delighted to recognize Senator Marco Rubio’s leadership in U.S. foreign policy toward the Western Hemisphere by presenting him with the 2019 Chairman’s Award for Leadership in the Americas.


Confirmed speakers include:

Mike Pence, Vice President, United States
Nayib Bukele, President-Elect, El Salvador
Marta Lucía Ramírez, Vice President, Colombia
Marcelo Ebrard, Minister, Foreign Affairs, Mexico
Jim Carr, Minister, International Trade Diversification, Canada
Kevin McAleenan, Acting Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Marco Rubio, U.S. Senator (R-FL), Chairman, Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere
Bill Cassidy, U.S. Senator (R-LA), Member, Finance Committee
Eliot Engel, U.S. Representative (D-NY), Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee
Joaquim Levy, President, BNDES
Tao Zhang, Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
Kimberly Breier, Assistant Secretary, Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Jan Van Acker, President, Latin America and Emerging Markets, Merck
Axel van Trotsenburg, Vice President, Latin America, World Bank Group
Maria Pica Karp, Vice President, Government Affairs, Chevron
Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, Contributor, CNBC
James Politi, Global Trade Editor, Financial Times
Shery Ahn, News Anchor, Bloomberg TV
Andrés Gluski, Chairman, Council of the Americas
John Negroponte, Chairman Emeritus, Council of the Americas
Susan Segal, President & CEO, Council of the Americas
Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Council of the Americas

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See the Video from the Afternoon Session



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