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Heart of the Americas: Panama's Role in a Changing Global Economy

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Heart of the Americas: Panama's Role in a Changing Global Economy

Despite the country's relatively small size in relation to some of its larger regional neighbors in Latin America, Panama has long played an important role due to its vital location, at the heart of the Americas and uniting two oceans. Additionally, strong services and connectivity further cemented Panama's status as a logistics hub. But how will this status hold up amidst a global pandemic and significant changes to global trade dynamics? The Business Year and PROPANAMA bring together public and private sector leaders to discuss the challenges and opportunities that stand before Panama.


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Ambassador Carmen Gisela Vergara
Ambassador Carmen Gisela Vergara
Executive Director
PROPANAMA

Ambassador Carmen Gisela Vergara graduated in Law and Political Science from the University of Panama, holds a Masters Degree in Banking and Financial Law from the University of El Externado in Colombia and a Postgraduate Degree in International Trade Negotiations from the University of Santiago de Chile. Prior to the position of Executive Director of PROPANAMA, Mrs. Vergara served as Executive Director of the Federation of Chambers and Industrial Associations of Central America and the Dominican Republic – FECAICA and as Secretary General of the Secretariat of Central American Economic Integration SIECA, making important progress in the Central American integration process. Prior to that position, she was Director to the Board of Directors of the Central American Bank for Economic Integration – CABEI, representing Panama. Expert in International Trade Law, Business Development, Trade Negotiations, Trade Integration and Facilitation, she has also served as Minister of Trade and Industries, Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade and National Director of Investment and Export Promotion of the Ministry of Trade and Industries of the Republic of Panama.

Giovanni Bruno Ferrari
Giovanni Bruno Ferrari
General Manager
The Colon Free Zone

Giovanni Bruno Ferrari has been the General Manager of the Colon Free Zone since 2019. Prior to his current role, Ferrari was the CEO of Farmazona S.A. Other positions held by Ferrari include Vice-President of the Franco-Panamanian Chamber of Commerce and President of the User Association ofo the Colon Free Zone. He is currently also a member of the Panamanian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industries and the Peruvian-Panamanian Chamber of Commerce.

Rodolfo De La Guardia
Rodolfo De La Guardia
President
The Logistics Business Council of Panama (COEL)

Rodolfo De La Guardia is the President of the Logistics Business Council of Panama (COEL).

Jared Zerbe
Jared Zerbe
CEO
Hutchison Ports PPC

Before coming to Panama as the CEO of Hutchison Ports PPC, Jared H. Zerbe was the CEO for Tanzania International Container Terminal Services Limited. He has worked in a number of senior commercial roles and legal roles, and he is licensed as a solicitor in England and Wales. With a JD from Boston University, he is a licensed attorney in the US. Zerbe also has a master's in international corporate management from the University of Pittsburgh and studied law in the UK, obtaining his qualified foreign lawyer certificates at BPPE in London.

Alejandro Canakis
Alejandro Canakis
General Manager
GlaxoSmithKline Central America & Caribbean

Alejandro Canakis is the General Manager of GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals CentralAmerica and Caribbean. He is an industrial engineer and holds an MBA. He has more than 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry in Venezuela, Mexico, Brazil, the US, and Central America. He has developed his career in commercial and business development roles of increasing responsibility.

Luis Eduardo Ocando B.
Luis Eduardo Ocando B.
Country Managing Partner
EY Panama

Luis Eduardo Ocando B. is Country Managing Partner & Tax Leader of EY's Panama Office and Tax Policy Leader for EY's Latam North Region. He is a member of the expanded executive committee of the Panama, Central America & Dominican Republic firm of EY (EYCA) and member of the EYCA Tax Executive Committee. He is a tax lawyer with more than 35 years of experience in Venezuelan and international taxation and has been recognized by International Tax Review as one of the most renowned tax advisors in Venezuela for seven consecutive years.

Han Le
Moderator: Han Le
Managing Director LATAM
The Business Year

Han Le is The Business Year's Managing Director for the Latam region. During his career in TBY, he has been based in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. Before joining TBY, he worked in various media outlets in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Andrea Tsiachtsiri
Andrea Tsiachtsiri
Country Manager Panama
The Business Year

For the last ten years years, Andrea Tsiachtsiri has been creating successful partnerships with the worlds' largest corporations in competitive markets, such as Dubai, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Colombia, and Greece. She has a master's in marketing from the UK and a bachelor's in economics from Greece.

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Tuesday, September 15

Morning

10:00 AM TO
10:01 AM

Host: Andrea Tsiachtsiri

Andrea Tsiachtsiri
Andrea Tsiachtsiri
Country Manager Panama, The Business Year
Andrea Tsiachtsiri
Andrea Tsiachtsiri
Country Manager Panama
The Business Year

For the last ten years years, Andrea Tsiachtsiri has been creating successful partnerships with the worlds' largest corporations in competitive markets, such as Dubai, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Colombia, and Greece. She has a master's in marketing from the UK and a bachelor's in economics from Greece.

10:01 AM TO
10:10 AM

Welcome remarks

Ambassador Carmen Gisela Vergara
Ambassador Carmen Gisela Vergara
Executive Director, PROPANAMA
Ambassador Carmen Gisela Vergara
Ambassador Carmen Gisela Vergara
Executive Director
PROPANAMA

Ambassador Carmen Gisela Vergara graduated in Law and Political Science from the University of Panama, holds a Masters Degree in Banking and Financial Law from the University of El Externado in Colombia and a Postgraduate Degree in International Trade Negotiations from the University of Santiago de Chile. Prior to the position of Executive Director of PROPANAMA, Mrs. Vergara served as Executive Director of the Federation of Chambers and Industrial Associations of Central America and the Dominican Republic – FECAICA and as Secretary General of the Secretariat of Central American Economic Integration SIECA, making important progress in the Central American integration process. Prior to that position, she was Director to the Board of Directors of the Central American Bank for Economic Integration – CABEI, representing Panama. Expert in International Trade Law, Business Development, Trade Negotiations, Trade Integration and Facilitation, she has also served as Minister of Trade and Industries, Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade and National Director of Investment and Export Promotion of the Ministry of Trade and Industries of the Republic of Panama.

10:10 AM TO
11:00 AM

Open Discussion

Giovanni Bruno Ferrari
Giovanni Bruno Ferrari
General Manager, The Colon Free Zone
Giovanni Bruno Ferrari
Giovanni Bruno Ferrari
General Manager
The Colon Free Zone

Giovanni Bruno Ferrari has been the General Manager of the Colon Free Zone since 2019. Prior to his current role, Ferrari was the CEO of Farmazona S.A. Other positions held by Ferrari include Vice-President of the Franco-Panamanian Chamber of Commerce and President of the User Association ofo the Colon Free Zone. He is currently also a member of the Panamanian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industries and the Peruvian-Panamanian Chamber of Commerce.

Rodolfo De La Guardia
Rodolfo De La Guardia
President, The Logistics Business Council of Panama (COEL)
Rodolfo De La Guardia
Rodolfo De La Guardia
President
The Logistics Business Council of Panama (COEL)

Rodolfo De La Guardia is the President of the Logistics Business Council of Panama (COEL).

Jared Zerbe
Jared Zerbe
CEO, Hutchison Ports PPC
Jared Zerbe
Jared Zerbe
CEO
Hutchison Ports PPC

Before coming to Panama as the CEO of Hutchison Ports PPC, Jared H. Zerbe was the CEO for Tanzania International Container Terminal Services Limited. He has worked in a number of senior commercial roles and legal roles, and he is licensed as a solicitor in England and Wales. With a JD from Boston University, he is a licensed attorney in the US. Zerbe also has a master's in international corporate management from the University of Pittsburgh and studied law in the UK, obtaining his qualified foreign lawyer certificates at BPPE in London.

Alejandro Canakis
Alejandro Canakis
General Manager, GlaxoSmithKline Central America & Caribbean
Alejandro Canakis
Alejandro Canakis
General Manager
GlaxoSmithKline Central America & Caribbean

Alejandro Canakis is the General Manager of GlaxoSmithKline Central America & Caribbean.

11:00 AM TO
11:20 AM

Q&A

11:20 AM TO
11:30 AM

Closing Remarks

Luis Eduardo Ocando B.
Luis Eduardo Ocando B.
Country Managing Partner, EY Panama
Luis Eduardo Ocando B.
Luis Eduardo Ocando B.
Country Managing Partner
EY Panama

Luis Eduardo Ocando B. is Country Managing Partner & Tax Leader of EY's Panama Office and Tax Policy Leader for EY's Latam North Region. He is a member of the expanded executive committee of the Panama, Central America & Dominican Republic firm of EY (EYCA) and member of the EYCA Tax Executive Committee. He is a tax lawyer with more than 35 years of experience in Venezuelan and international taxation and has been recognized by International Tax Review as one of the most renowned tax advisors in Venezuela for seven consecutive years.

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