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Unleashing Central America’s Growth Potential

April 26, 2021



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As countries continue to manage the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, Central America’s priority is to recover from its deepest economic contraction to restore strong, sustainable economic growth.

With increases in working age population projected to decline sharply, strong growth in the long run can only be achieved with higher productivity. More effective participation in global value chains, as well as a robust shift towards sophisticated exports of goods and services will be needed, but neither can be ensured without firms investing in productivity-enhancing innovations.

The World Bank is releasing a study entitled Unleashing Central America’s Growth Potential, which has identified the broad strategic directions that would help to increase sophistication of exports, reduce productivity gaps within the region and with other regions, and achieve higher productivity growth.

Join us on Monday, April 26 for a panel discussion in which the findings of the report will be presented and discussed by a panel of high-level experts from the region.

This event will take place in Spanish with simultaneous interpretation into English

  • 10:30 am



    Welcome Remarks

    Carlos Felipe Jaramillo, Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean

    10:37 am

    Presentation of the regional findings and recommendations

    Jorge Araujo, Practice Manager, Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management

    10:55 am

    Panel Discussion moderated by Michel Kerf, Director for Central America and the Dominican Republic

    ·      Pilar Garrido, Minister of Planning of Costa Rica

    ·      Maria Luisa Hayem, Minister of Economy, El Salvador

    ·      Mario Arana, CEO, Asociación de Productores y Exportadores de Nicaragua (APEN)

    ·       Melvin Redondo, Secretary General, SIECA

    11:55 am

    Conclusions, Take-aways and Closing Remarks

  • The live stream will be available on this website during the event.


  • Event information:: April 26, 2020 –10:30 am to 12:00pm
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