Latin America Trade and Economic Forum - LATEF
Date: June 16, 2015
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Show map
Rusty Pelican
3201 Rickenbacker Causeway
Key Biscayne, FL 33149

FIBA Members:  $150.00  |  Non-Members:  $175.00 |  At the Door:  $200.00

The Annual Latin America Trade and Economic Forum will bring together Regional Latin America Executives, Bankers and Entrepreneurs to exchange ideas, share their outlook and discuss current market conditions to help manage and expand their International and Trade businesses with Latin America.  It also brings business components interested in promoting Florida's position as a major gateway to International Trade Finance.

This will be a unique opportunity to hear plans first-hand from top local and foreign government Trade and Economic development organizations to help support their businesses and help take them to the next-level. In addition it aims to provide timely information from a broad range of experts on advantages and challenges of Miami's role as an important global trade finance center. 



  • Manuel Lasaga , StratInfo and Florida International University
  • ​Roberto Gatica, VP Head of Latam Desk, Bank Sabadell Miami Branch
  • Othman Gamero, Latinoamerica Trade Sales Head Director, CITI
  • ​Hernan Mayol, ​Director, Global Banking Sales, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A
  • ​Chris Principe, Transaction Banking, Trade Solutions Group 
  • John Rodriguez, ​Past President, Florida International Bankers Association
  • Sally Yearwood, Executive Director, Caribbean-Central America Action (CCAA)
  • Moises Peraza, Trade Commissioner of Mexico
  • Fernando Capablanca, President Cuban Banking Study Group and Whitecap Consulting
  • Dunia Miranda-Mauri, Trade Commissioner of Guatemala Trade & Investment Office Miami
  • Sacha Grafulic, Trade Commissioner of Chile in Miami
  • Roberto Muñoz, President South Florida Market BBVA
  • Frank Robleto, President and CEO BAC Florida
  • Antonio Bejarano, General Manager, Banco Internacional de Costa Rica (BICSA)
  • Juliana Simone, Sales Manager TCM
  • William S. Layton Senior Trade Specialist, US Commercial Service
  • Elena Méndez, Regional Director, Easter Region Export-Import, Bank of the United States
  • Adam Peters, Trade Development Specialist Economic of Regulatory and Economic Resources
  • J. Stephen Fancher, President and CEO, Florida Export Finance Corporation
  • Economic Outlook I– Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean (highlighting the Panama Canal and potential business opportunities with Cuba)
  • Economic Outlook II – South America, Brazil, Argentina, Andean Left and Right
  • Banking Panel I - Regional Latin America Executives Managing Latin American Businesses from Miami
  • Banking II CEO Round Table Supporting Local Companies doing Business with Latin America
  • Multinational Roundtable
  • Trade and Economic Development Roundtable​

Topics will include:

  • The major investment in the ports and airports to support expansion of international business
  • Government and industry support for importers and exporters to increase their opportunities
  • Identifying key regional prospects with viewpoints and outlooks for potential trade finance
  • The role that the Banks play in supporting Trade Finance for international trade
  • Education and information for corporations and banks to understand global trade finance
  • Combining the available resources for trade finance to grow your international business


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