15th International Economic Forum of the Americas/Conference of Montreal - June 8 to 11, Hilton Bonaventure Hotel in Montreal - The agenda - Wednesday, june 10, 2009 - International Trade and Americas



    MONTREAL, June 9 /CNW/ - The 15th edition of the International Economic
Forum of the Americas / Conference of Montreal pursues its work tomorrow
morning at the Hilton Bonaventure Hotel in Montreal. Until Thursday, more than
3,200 participants from all regions of the world, and several ministerial
delegations, will hear over 150 speakers develop the theme Adapting to a New
World.
    The third day's theme is "International Trade and Americas".

    
    7:30     Working Breakfast 1 (simultaneously) - Room Fontaine E
             PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS IN INFRASTRUCTURE (PPPI) AND
             EMERGING ECONOMIES: THE CONDITIONS NECESSARY FOR THEIR
             IMPLEMENTATION
             In collaboration with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the
             World Bank Institute (WBI) and the Inter-American Development
             Bank (IADB)

             Moderator:
             - Thelma A. Diaz, Resident Director General, North American
               Representative Office, ADB
             Speakers:
             - Elaine Glennie, Senior Capacity Building Specialist, Asian
               Development Bank Institute (ADBI)
             - Govindan Nair, Lead Economist, Finance and Private Sector
               Development & Program Leader, Public-Private Partnerships in
               Infrastructure, WBI
             - David Bloomgarden, Coordinator for Public-Private Partnerships
               (PPP) for Infrastructure projects, Multilateral Investment
               Fund (MIF), IADB
             - Biswa Nath Bhattacharyay Ph.D., Special Adviser to the Dean,
               ADBI Briefing on major findings of ADB / ADBI's book entitled:
               "Infrastructure for the Seamless Asia"

             Working Breakfast 2 (simultaneously) - Room Fontaine B
             DOING BUSINESS IN FRENCH IN THE AMERICAS: CHALLENGE AND
             ADVANTAGE?
             In collaboration with the Centre de la francophonie des
             Amériques

             Moderator:
             - Dennis Trudeau, former anchorman, Canadian Broadcasting
               Corporation (CBC)
             Speakers:
             - Michel Robitaille, President General Manager, Centre de la
               francophonie des Amériques
             - Françoise Bertrand, President, Fédération des Chambres de
               commerce du Québec
             - Mariette Mulaire, General Manager, Agence nationale et
               internationale du Manitoba
             - Philippe Gustin, General Manager, Centre international de
               Lafayette, Louisianna
             - Annie Dell, Regional Director - Centre-South-Ouest Region -
               Réseau de développement économique et d'employabilité de
               l'Ontario

             Working Breakfast 3 (simultaneously) - Room Fundy
             DOING BUSINESS IN RUSSIA
             In collaboration with the European Bank for Reconstruction and
             Development (EBRD)

             Speakers:
             - André Juneau, Director for Canada and Morocco, EBRD
             - David Creighton, Chief Executive Officer, Cordiant Capital
             - Boris A. Burmistrov, First Secretary, Embassy of the Russian
               Federation

             Working Breakfast 4 (simultaneously) - Room Fontaine D
             EUROPEAN UNION - AMERICAS FREE TRADE: THE SENSITIVE ISSUES

             Moderator:
             - Pierre Lortie, Senior Business Advisor, Fraser Milner Casgrain
               LLP
             Speaker:
             - Ross Hornby, Canadian Ambassador to the European Union
             - Roy MacLaren, Canadian Co-Chair, Canada-Europe Roundtable for
               Business

             Working Breakfast 5 (simultaneously) - Room Le Portage
             DOING BUSINESS IN THE REPUBLIC OF COLOMBIA

             Moderator:
             - Rodolfo Móseres Dieppa, Consul and Trade Commissionner,
               Colombian Trade Commission in Canada
             Speaker:
             - Luis Guillermo Plata-Paez, Minister of Trade, Industry and
               Tourism, Republic of Colombia


    9:00     Plenary Session -Room Westmount / Outremont
             THE ECONOMIC CRISIS AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE: WHICH GLOBAL
             MARKET?

             PART 1
             THE EUROPEAN UNION AND NORTH AMERICA: TOWARDS A FREE TRADE

             Speakers:
             - Catherine Ashton, Trade Commissioner, European Union
             - Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade and Minister
               for the Asia-Pacific Gateway
             Chair:
             - Jean-René Halde, President and Chief Executive Officer,
               Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

             Special Address
             LATIN AMERICA AND FREE TRADE

             Speaker:
             - Alvaro Uribe, President of the Republic of Colombia


    10:15    Forum 1 (simultaneously) - Room Mont-Royal / Hampstead / Côte-
             St-Luc
             GLOBAL ECONOMIC CRISIS: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
             In collaboration with Foreign Affairs and International Trade
             Canada (DFAIT) and Export Development Canada (EDC)

             Moderator:
             - Ken Frankel, Chair, Canadian Council for the Americas and
               Legal Advisor to the Secretary General, Director, Department
               of Legal Services, Organization of American States (OAS)
             Introduction:
             - Compton Bourne, President and Chief Executive Officer,
               Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)
             Speakers:
             - Benoit Daignault, Senior Vice-President, Business Development,
               EDC
             - Luis Enrique Garcia, Executive President, Corporación Andina
               de Fomento (CAF)
             - Alexandra Bugailiskis, Assistant Deputy Minister, Americas,
               DFAIT
             - Joaquim Levy, Secretary of Finance, State of Rio de Janeiro
               (Brazil)

             Forum 2 (simultaneously) - Room Le Portage
             INVESTING IN INNOVATION: LESSONS IN INNOVATION: LESSONS FROM
             BRAZIL, CHINA AND INDIA
             In collaboration with the International Development Research
             Centre (IDRC)

             Moderator:
             - Naser Faruqui, Director, Innovation, Politics and Science,
               International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
             Speakers:
             - Prof. Rongping Mu, Director General, Institute of Policy and
               Management (IPM), Director General, Center for Innovation and
               Development, Chinese Academy of Sciences
             - Prof. Sérgio Queiroz, Professor, Department of Scientific
               Policy, University of Campinas (Unicamp) and Coordinator for
               Research Innovation, São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP)
             - Dr. T. Ramasani, Secretary to the Government of India,
               Department of Science and Technology of India

             Forum 3 (simultaneously) - Room Fontaine B
             THE ECONOMIC CRISIS, INNOVATION AND PRODUCTIVITY: THE NEED FOR
             TRAINING
             In collaboration with the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL)

             Moderator:
             - Paul Cappon, President, Canadian Council on Learning (CCL)
             Speakers:
             - Andrew Swan, Minister of Competitiveness, Training and Trade
               (Manitoba)
             - Sam Hamad, Minister, ministère de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité
               sociale (Quebec)
             - Bernard Spitz, President, Association des assureurs de France
             - Mark Keese, Head of Skills Development, Organisation for
               Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

             Forum 4 (simultaneously) - Room Fontaine E
             DOING BUSINESS IN SHANDONG
             In collaboration with the ministère du Développement économique,
             de l'Innovation et de l'Exportation du Québec (MDEIE) and the
             Ministère des Relations Internationales (MRI)

             Moderator:
             - Daniel Legault, Deputy Minister and Chief of Protocol, MRI
             Introduction:
             - Pierre Arcand, Minister, Ministère des Relations
               internationales et ministre responsable de la Francophonie
             Speaker:
             - Suiliang Wang, Vice Governor, Province of Shandong (China)


    12:00    Luncheon - Room  Westmount / Outremont   Offered by RBC Capital
             Markets
             THE AMERICAS AND THE NEW WORLD ORDER
             Under the presidency of Gordon Nixon, President and Chief
             Executive Officer, RBC

             Speaker:
             - Madeleine Albright, Former U.S. Secretary of State
             Introduced by:
             - Gordon Nixon, President and Chief Executive Officer, RBC
             Thanks and conclusion:
             - Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development
               Bank (IADB)


    15:00    Plenary Session - Room Mont-Royal / Hampstead / Côte-St-Luc
             THE AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN APPROACHES O THE ECONOMIC CRISIS:
             IMPLICATIONS FOR RECOVERY

             Chair:
             - Françoise Bertrand, President, Fédération des Chambres de
               commerce du Québec
             Moderator:
             - Stephen Poloz, Senior Vice-President, Financing Products
               Group, Export Development Canada (EDC)
             Speaker:
             HOW CAN THE AMERICAS BE STRONGER AFTER GOING THROUGH THE CRISIS?
             - Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development
               Bank (IADB)
             - Strobe Talbott, President, The Brookings Institution

             Invited speakers:
             ARE THE EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN APPROACHES COMPLEMENTARY?
             - Craig Wright, Chief Economist, RBC Capital Markets
             - Bernard Spitz, President, Association des assureurs de France
    

    All the Forum's sessions are open to journalists, and a press room will
be made available to members of the press. The media may arrange interviews on
site or attend the press scrums that generally follow sessions to which
speakers have contributed. Depending on the Conference timetable, scheduling
of press conferences may vary somewhat. You can obtain information on press
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    The full, detailed program of the International Economic Forum of the
Americas/Conference of Montréal is updated on a regular basis and can be
consulted at any time on the official website at www.conferenceofmontreal.com.




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