The forum will feature the participation of experts in international relations, economics, and trade from India and Latin America. They include ministers, representatives from the private sector, and academic experts. The event will be moderated by leading professionals in the field.


This is the conference program, which details the activities and presentations that will take place during the event. From the opening session with welcome speeches from important government officials, to special presentations and roundtable discussions on key topics such as trade relations and global value chains, the program offers a wide variety of perspectives and expert opinions on the subject. In addition, there will be a coffee break to give attendees the opportunity to network and converse with each other.

13:30 - 14:10

Inaugural Session and Ministerial Remarks

  • Welcome Address:
  • Mr. Federico Alfaro Boyd
    H.E. Mr. Federico Alfaro Boyd, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Government of Panama
  • Guest Address:
  • Jai Shroff
    Mr. Jai Shroff, CII LAC Committee and Chairman & Group CEO, UPL
  • Opening Remarks:
  • Sergio Díaz-Granados
    Ms. Carolina España, Executive Vice President , CAF, Development Bank of Latin America
  • Inaugural Address:
  • Janaina Tewaney
    H.E. Ms. Janaina Tewaney, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Government of Panama
  • Keynote Address:
  • H.E. Dr. S. Jaishankar
    H.E. Dr. S. Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, Government of India

14:10 - 14:30

  • Coffee Break

14:30 - 15:00

Release of the report New Horizons, New Hopes

  • Special Presentation:
  • Mr. Gustavo Béliz, External Consultant, CAF, and former Cabinet Minister, Argentina

15:00 - 15:50

Spotlight Session: A bird´s-eye view of India-Latin America relations

  • India-Latin America relations have come a long way in the 21st century. The gradual increase in bilateral trade and investment has been accompanied by renewed political interest. This session aims to provide a birds-eye view of India-Latin America ties from the perspective of practitioners who have played a direct role in enhancing the relationship.
  • Opening remarks by Moderator:
  • Mr. Hari Seshasayee, Asia-Latin America Specialist (UNDP), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Panama
  • Special Presentation:
  • Amb. Jorge Heine, Research Professor, Boston University; author of the book ‘La Nueva India’
  • Speakers:
  • R. Viswanathan, Latin America expert; former Indian diplomat and Ambassador
  • Amb. Juan Alfredo Pinto Saavedra Author, and former Colombian Ambassador to India

15:50 - 16:05

“PANAMA: The Place to be”

  • Special Presentation:
  • Mr. Allan Ritter, Investment specialist and Director of International Promotion of ProPanama

16:05 - 16:55

Panel Discussion: Global reconfiguration of value chains: The India-LAC Experience

  • India and Latin America have become integral parts of global value chains. Companies from India and Latin America form an important part of value chains in the agricultural, automotive, financial and IT sectors. This session will look at the practical experiences from India and Latin America and the value chains they operate in
  • Opening remarks by Moderator:
  • Ms. Adriana Arreaza, Macroeconomic Studies Director, CAF
  • Speakers:
  • Ms. Renni Batra, CII Deputy Director - International (Latin America & Caribbean)
  • Mr. Raman Wattamwar, Director, Latin America, MSN Group
  • Mr. Ravindra Mehru, Resident Representative, EXIM Bank of India
  • Mr. Tony Roldan, President and Executive Director of the Chamber of Multinational Companies, Panama

16:55 - 18:00

  • Cocktail:
  • Networking Reception hosted by CAF / RT Floor Tejas



JW Marriott Panama City Hotel, Gran Pacific Ballroom, BR Floor


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