ICC Americas Regional Economic Forum: Promoting Peace and Prosperity for the 21st Century

15 Jun 2022

Mexico City English
09.00 (CST)

The Regional Economic Forum is part of a new series of regional events hosted by the ICC Centre of Entrepreneurship designed to build a unique platform for entrepreneurs, policymakers, political leaders, and key stakeholders in the region to bridge the gap between private and public sectors and create a voice for the real economy.

This Forum will focus on the theme of Promoting Peace and Prosperity for the 21st Century and will cover topics such as trade and investment, climate change, inequality, technology and much more.

*All timings are given in Mexico City, CST time

09:00 – 09:40

Welcome and opening

09:40 – 09:55

Keynote address

09:55 – 10:55

Panel I: Make trade and Investment work better for people and planet

The rules-based multilateral trading system has fuelled over seven decades of unprecedented job creation and poverty alleviation. As the linchpin of this system, the World Trade Organization has helped create a more prosperous world order in which communities linked by international commerce have a common interest in maintaining peace.

But that system now stands at a crossroads: with a major revolt against global trade integration under way in many countries around the world. Growing protectionist pressures and a rejection of multilateral cooperation have brought into doubt the future of the global trading regime as we know it today.

Questions also remain about how fit for purpose that system is in promoting progress towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and attainment of the Paris Agreement. 

In this context, we believe that business should take the lead in charting a new path for multilateralism–securing a new model for international trade cooperation that supports sustainable and inclusive growth. In short, a trading system that really works for people and planet.

10:55 – 11:25

Coffee Break

11:25 – 12:25

Panel II: Make action on climate change everyone’s business 

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on 1.5°C and most recent IPCC reports underscore the urgent need to strengthen the global response to climate change. Current climate commitments and voluntary pledges are insufficient to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement and limit the average global rise in temperature to 1.5°C.

The Glasgow Agreement is certainly an important step in our collective efforts but now is the time for all leaders to step up and translate the promised made into bold action. Climate change is a threat to all humanity, and it can only be solved by a global cooperative effort—ensuring that climate solutions are deployed at scale to enable us all to leapfrog to cleaner, more resilient economies and that necessary support is provided to the most vulnerable, including small businesses. 

2022 will be a pivotal year for the planet with several critical milestones to chart an ambitious path forward on action on climate and biodiversity. These include the UN Biodiversity Summit in Kunming, China this summer, the United Nation’s Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in September and the Sharm el-Sheikh Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 27) in Egypt in November. 

ICC believes business is a necessary driving force in demonstrating that enhanced action is necessary, desirable and—above all—achievable. But business cannot do this alone. We need governments to translate pledges into credible plans and smart policies that work with business and the communities they serve to achieve our common goals.

12:25 – 13:25

Panel III: Stop the global rise in inequality 

Inequality has become a subject of intense debate—particularly in economies where inequality has risen sharply over the past 30 years. Rising inequality should be understood in the context of other major shifts that have affected the global economy over the past three decades, including technological advances, globalisation and the changing role of the state. 

Reversing the rise in inequality presents a significant challenge, but one where we believe concerted and collective action from the private sector can make a real difference.

There are already many examples of companies showing real leadership on this vital agenda: from businesses working to broaden access to technological solutions through to pioneering efforts to ensure gender parity in the workplace. 

Businesses that embed social and environmental objectives in their core mission are having a positive impact, but political changes are needed to reduce inequality more universally. 

By helping to tackle this challenge, business can be a true force for greater equality and inclusion globally and restore confidence for many in the benefits of globalisation and a multilateral order. 

13:25 – 14:55

Networking Lunch

14:55 – 15:25

State of economy in the region

15:25 – 16:25

Panel IV: Lead for the long term

For the past two years, the Covid-19 pandemic has put a strain on health systems and led to unprecedented trade disruptions and economic crisis. Latin American countries have been severely hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and are at risk of seeing the socio-economic gains of recent decades being reversed.  

The global economy started to rebound in 2021 thanks to faster vaccine roll-out, but the recovery remained uneven and marked by supply-chain disruptions and inflationary pressures. Structural reforms will be crucial to tackle not just the pandemic recovery, but structural issues like lagging productivity, lack of innovation, high level of informality and low-level inclusion. They should entail measures to accelerate the formalisation of economies, foster innovation and entrepreneurship, and deepen regional integration.  

Furthermore, with nine out of ten people in the region do not believe others can be trusted, the lack of trust remains a key concern and can generate social discontent. Indeed, lack of trust in public and private sector is an obstacle to growth as it hurts investment, reduces competitiveness, and weakens public institutions. Strengthening trust is therefore essential to foster a sustainable economic recovery in Latin American countries. 

As we enter the third year of this pandemic, how governments, investors and SMEs in Latin America can resuscitate opportunities for stability and prosperity?

16:25 – 16:40

Coffee Break

16:40 – 17:40

Panel V: Make technology work for all

Technological progress has led to immense productivity gains. This was the case during the first industrial revolution—and is still the case today. It develops solutions to adapt to the effects of climate change, increases affordability through the development of the platform economy, has led to increased life expectancy through widespread access to medical cures and has led to crops safely feeding an ever-growing world population. 

Technology is now driving solutions for lower greenhouse gases and natural resources used per marginal unit of GDP output.

The digital revolution itself is creating further opportunities to meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals as it helps to overcome market and cultural fragmentation by increasing global interconnectivity and the ability of companies to trade across borders. It is, however, creating new “haves and have-nots” among those who are connected and those who are not—not just between countries but within them as well.

SMEs represent around 90% of all global businesses, yet many are still without the necessary tools and resources to participate in the digital economy. What can be done to remove the barriers that prevent SMEs from succeeding both locally and abroad and make technology work for all?

17:40 – 18:10

Closing Ceremony


Ajay Banga

Chair, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

Luis de la Calle

General Director and Founding Partner, De la Calle, Madrazo

Stephanie Carvajalino

CEO, The Biz Nation

Mario Cimoli

Acting Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

John W.H. Denton AO

Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

Daniel Feffer

Chair, ICC Americas Regional Economic Forum

Maria Fernanda Garza

First Vice-Chair and Incoming Chair, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

Francisco Gómes Neto

CEO, Embraer

Diana González

Vice Chair of Strategy and Transformation, Nestle

Daniel Kerner

Managing Director Latin America, Eurasia Group

Arnoldo Lopez Marmolejo

Lead Economist Inter-American Development Bank

Valentina Mintah

Founder, West Blue Consulting

Federico Bernaldo de Quirós

CEO, Grupo Gigante

Griscela Ramos

Head of Sustainability, Natura Mexico

Manuel Romo Villafuerte

CEO, Citibanamex

Cassiano De Stefano

Chair, Grupo Modelo, ABInBev Mexico

Claus von Wobeser

Chair, ICC Mexico


Date and venue

15 June 2022

Four Seasons Hotel, Mexico City

Working language English
Registration fees

One event (ICC Americas Regional Economic Forum OR ICC Arbitration Conference)

Members $8,500 MXN + IVA | $491 USD
Non members $11,050 MXN + IVA | $638 USD

One event (ICC Americas Regional Economic Forum OR ICC Arbitration Conference) + Gala Dinner

Members $11,500 MXN + IVA | $664 USD
Non members $14,950 MXN + IVA | $863 USD

Two events (ICC Americas Regional Economic Forum AND ICC Arbitration Conference)

Members $13,000 MXN + IVA | $750 USD
Non members $16,900 MXN + IVA | $975 USD

Two events (ICC Americas Regional Economic Forum AND ICC Arbitration Conference) + Gala Dinner

Members $16,000 MXN + IVA | $923
Non members $20,800 MXN + IVA | $1,200 USD

Virtual participation (ICC Americas Regional Economic Forum OR ICC Arbitration Conference)

Members $880 MXN + IVA | $50 USD 
Non members $1,405 MXN + IVA | $80 USD

Cost of additional person for the Gala Dinner

$3,000 MXN+ IVA | $180 USD

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