European Union-Latin America and the Caribbean Business Round Table

European Union-Latin America and the Caribbean Business Round Table

Programme Overview

Live Stream

EU-LAC Business Round Table

17 July - 8:00 to 15:30

8:00 – 9:30

Registration + Welcome Coffee

9:30 – 10:15

Opening Remarks:

Main Room: Press Room (Listening Room – Schuman)

Livestreamed (retransmitted)

Ursula von der Leyen, President, European Commission
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, President, Federative Republic of Brazil
Pedro Sánchez, President of the Government of Spain
Ilan Goldfajn, President, Inter-American Development Bank
Sergio Díaz-Granados, Executive President, CAF Development Bank of Latin America

Parallel Round Tables

10:15 – 11:15

Parallel Round Table 1

Energy Transition: Sustainable Solutions for All

Main Room: Schuman (Listening Room – Salle Cinema)

How can the private sector contribute to advance the fair and green energy transition in the EU and LAC?

Introductory Remarks:
Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President, European Commission

Paolo Scaroni, Chairman, ENEL (Italy)
Elbia Gannoum, CEO, ABEEólica (Brazil)
Mario Ruiz Tagle, CEO Spain, Iberdrola (Spain)
Philip Julien, Chairman, Kenesjay Green Limited (Trinidad and Tobago)
Tim Oliver Holt, Member of the Executive Board, Siemens Energy AG (Germany)
Antonio Pinheiro Silveira, Manager of Infrastructure and Digital Transformation, CAF

Facilitator: Rodrigo Madrazo García de Lomana, CEO, EDFI Management Company

Parallel Round Table 2

Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Integration: Opportunities for Growth

Main Room: Hallstein (Listening Room – Jean Rey)

Opportunities for growth driven by responsible trade and investment with a special focus on the integration of the Amazonian region.

Fredrik Persson, President, Business Europe
Carlos Rey de Vicente, Regional Head of South America, Banco Santander (Spain)
Marcelo Behar, Vice President of Sustainability & Group Affairs, Natura & Co. (Brazil)
Maria Alexandra Moreira Lopez, Secretary General, Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (OTCA)
Rafael Clavijo, Founder, Parque Ecológico Mundo Amazónico (Colombia)
Alfonso Garcia Mora, Regional Vice President, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, IFC
Esther Lynch, General-Secretary, European Trade Union Confederation

Facilitator: Ana María Ibañez, Vice President for Sectors and Knowledge, IDB

11:15 – 12:15

Parallel Round Table 3

Bridging the Gap: Unlocking Investment Potential in the Caribbean

Main Room: Schuman (Listening Room – Salle Cinema)

Caribbean region's investment attractiveness in sectors such as energy, tourism, agriculture, and manufacturing.

Introductory Remarks:
Aubyn Hill, Senator & Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce of Jamaica

Jean-Noël de Charentenay, VP Strategy, HDF Energy (France)
Elizabeth Mena, Vice President, Mining Dominican Corporation, and President, ADOEXPO (Dominican Republic)
Deodat Maharaj, Executive Director, Caribbean Export Development Agency
Warsha Sharon Sarjoe, Executive Committee Member, CARICOM Private Sector Organisation (CPSO) & CEO, Rudisa International N.V. (Suriname)
Diego Perdones, Head of Latin America, AP Moller Maersk (Denmark)
Lilia Burunciuc, Country Director, Caribbean, World Bank

Facilitator: Hyginus Leon, President, Caribbean Development Bank

Parallel Round Table 4

Critical Raw Materials and E-Mobility

Main Room: Hallstein (Listening Room – Jean Rey)

Conducive conditions for urban electric mobility, including incentives for consumers and businesses and sustainable supply chains of critical raw materials needed for electric batteries.

Introductory Remarks:
Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice President, European Commission

• Claudia López, Mayor of Bogota, (Colombia)
Luis Castilla
, CEO, Acciona Infrastructure (Spain)
Patricia Vasconcelos, CEO, CaetanoBus (Portugal)
Renato Villar, Founder, Voltz Motors (Brazil)
Geoff Streeton, Chief Development Officer and Member of the Executive Committee, Eramet (France)
Andrés Rebolledo Smitmans, Executive Director, Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE)

Facilitator: Christian Asinelli, Vice President, CAF

13:00 – 14:00

Parallel Round Table 5

Linking Up: Fair Digital Transition and Last Kilometre Connectivity

Main Room: Schuman (Listening Room – Salle Cinema)

Reducing the digital divide and social inequalities by expanding connectivity and reinforcing physical digital infrastructure via fibre connections, mobile networks (5G) and satellite systems.

Introductory Remarks:
Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the European Commission
Paula Bogantes, Minister of Science, Innovation, Technology and Telecommunications, Costa Rica

Eduardo Navarro, Chief Corporate Affairs & Sustainability Officer, Telefónica (Spain)
Federico Guillen, President of Network Infrastructure, Nokia (Finland)
Chafic Nassif, President, North & Central Latin America and the Caribbean, Ericsson (Sweden)
Miguel Ángel Panduro, CEO, Hispasat (Spain)
Luis Ureta, Executive Vice President, Globant Europe (Argentina)

Facilitator: Irene Arias Hofman, CEO, IDB Lab

Parallel Round Table 6

Sustainable Financing in LAC: Scaling up the Sustainable Bond Market

Main Room: Hallstein (no listening room)

Potential impact and scope for scaling up green bonds and complementary sustainable financing instruments like blue and social bonds.

Introductory Remarks:
Azucena Arbeleche, Minister of Economy and Finance, Uruguay
Gustavo Manrique Miranda, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility of Ecuador

James Scriven, CEO, IDB Invest
Ricardo Mourinho Félix, Vice President, European Investment Bank
Javier Rodríguez Soler, Global Chief Sustainability Officer, BBVA (Spain)
Ian Johnston, Vice President, Head of Corporate Finance, Liberty Latin America
Fuensanta Cobacho Diaz, Head of Structured Finance Americas, Intesa Sanpaolo (Italy)

Facilitator:  Koen Doens,Director-General for International Partnerships, European Commission

Parallel Round Table 7

Enhancing Health Resilience

Main Room: Jean-Rey (no listening room)

Investing in pharma, biotech and med-tech sectors to boost regional innovation and facilitate equitable access to health products: what are the key drivers for success?

Introductory Remarks:
Martin Seychell, Deputy Director General for International Partnerships, European Commission
• Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, Minister of State for Development Francophonie and International Partnerships

Laura Gutierrez, VP, Head of Global Corporate Public Affairs and Policy, Sanofi (France)
Mónica Assef, President, Cámara de la Innovación Farmacéutica de Chile
Matthias Berninger, Senior Vice President Public Affairs, Science & Sustainability, Bayer (Germany)
Carlos Batthyany, Executive Director, Institut Pasteur de Montevideo (Uruguay)
James Fitzgerald, Director, Department of Health Systems and Services, PAHO
Camila de Pamphilis, Chief Data & Patient Experience Officer, Mamotest (Argentina)

Facilitator: José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

14:00 – 14:30

Closing Remarks

Room: Press Room (Listening Room: Schumann)


Key takeaways of the Round Tables and closing remarks by EU & LAC high-level representatives.

Jutta Urpilainen, European Commissioner for International Partnerships, European Commission
Alicia Bárcena, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mexico
Werner Hoyer, President, European Investment Bank

14:30 – 15:30

Networking Lunch

EU-LAC Business Round Table

Brussels, Belgium - 17 July 2023