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An Evening with the Brain Trust

October 2003, HISPANIC BUSINESS Magazine
The Hispanic Business Board of Economists (BOE)
The Hispanic Business Board of Economists (BOE)

Question: Is growth in the U.S. Hispanic economy converging with development in Latin America?

To wrestle with that question, academics, diplomats, public-policy analysts, investors, and CEOs will meet at the Organization of American States Building in Washington, D.C., on October 16 for the annual U.S. Hispanic Economic Summit, sponsored by Hispanic Business.

The evening will begin with a presentation on the U.S. Hispanic economy, featuring Jorge del Pinal of the Census Bureau speaking on population trends; Professor Adela de la Torre of the University of California discussing education and occupational structure; Professor Barbara Robles of the University of Texas on purchasing power; and Antonio Villamil, CEO of The Washington Economics Group, covering the development of Hispanic-owned companies. The discussion will detail the hemispheric economic impact of U.S. Hispanics through remittances and capital flows to Latin America and the Caribbean.

From there, speakers will link U.S. Hispanic development to international trends, including potential trade shifts brought about by the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) Agreement. Hector Barreto, administrator of the Small Business Administration, will discuss the importance of hemispheric trade for the U.S. small-business sector. Isaac Cohen, former director of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, will address the long-term vision of the FTAA, while Mustafa Mohatarem, chief economist at General Motors, will offer the corporate view of a free-trade future.

The summit will conclude with two views on the politics of economic growth. Professor John Garcia of the University of Arizona will offer perspectives on the U.S. Hispanic political economy, and Javier Ruperez, Spanish ambassador to the United States, will discuss the transatlantic perspective on opening trade.

Other participants who will take part in the summit include Ambassador Peter Romero, former acting assistant secretary of state for the Western Hemisphere and current managing director at the consulting firm Violy, Byorum & Partners, and Jesús Chavarría, publisher of Hispanic Business magazine.

The U.S. Hispanic Economic Summit functions as the annual gathering of the Hispanic Business Board of Economists (BOE), now in its sixth year. The BOE consists of academics and consultants dedicated to research and public policy analysis on important issues confronting the U.S. Hispanic population.

The 2003 Economic Summit, hosted at the Organization of American States in the beautiful Hall of the Americas, will be followed by a lavish hors d'oeuvre reception. Sponsors for the event include General Motors, the General Services Administration, and the Department of Energy.

Attendance at the summit is by invitation only. To request an invitation (subject to approval), visit or call Hispanic Business Events at (800) 205-9459.


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