Latin America and the Caribbean, as with other regions around the world, is facing tough social and climate-related challenges as well as a technological revolution in infrastructure.
New technologies may offer the ability to improve infrastructure services across the region but harnessing the opportunities is not inevitable and will require reforms to the policy framework around investment, financing, governance and regulation to ensure the benefits are sustainable and felt by all.
Key questions include:
- How can Latin American and Caribbean governments work to close its infrastructure gap?
- How will new technologies disrupt sectors such as energy, transport and water, and how can governments adapt to increase efficiency and provide affordable access to all?
- How can countries improve the resilience of infrastructure in regard to new challenges posed by climate change?
Chair: Dr Christopher Sabatini, Senior Research Fellow for Latin America, Chatham House
Dr Andrew Powell, Principal Advisor, Research Department, Inter-American Development Bank
Beatriz Uribe, VP of Corporate Affairs, CEMEX SCA&C and Colombia
Dr Tomas Serebrisky, Principal Economic Advisor, Infrastructure and Energy Department, Inter-American Development Bank
Malcolm Geere, Alternate Executive Director for the UK, Inter-American Development Bank.