Export Development and Domestic Infrastructure in Latin America and the Caribbean
Featuring opening remarks by:
Johanna Nesseth Tuttle
Codirector, Project on U.S. Leadership in Development and Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning and Development, CSIS
Manager, Integration and Trade Sector, Inter-American Development Bank
Mauricio Mesquita Moreira
Principal Economic Advisor, Integration and Trade, Inter-American Development Bank
Research Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Ambassador David D. Nelson
Senior Manager, Global Government Affairs and Policy, General Electric
William M. Scholl Chair in International Business, CSIS
Please join CSIS and the Integration and Trade Sector of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for a discussion on the links between transport infrastructure, export development, and economic growth. Representatives from business, government, and multilateral institutions will discuss this timely topic in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Driven by declining import tariffs, poor infrastructure, and increasing specialization in transport-intensive goods, transport costs are arguably one of today’s most formidable obstacles to trade in LAC. A lack of regional infrastructure can limit development to ports or other accessible transit points, rendering whole regions undeveloped and potential for broad-based growth unrealized.
Mauricio Mesquita Moreira, Principal Economic Advisor of the Integration and Trade Sector at the IDB, will present findings from a new book entitled Too Far to Export, which is part of a broader IDB effort to assess the impact of trade costs on the level and diversification of countries' overall trade performance.
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