EMnet meeting on Latin America, 9 June 2017


EMnet Meeting on Latin America

Navigating Uncertainty:

Strategies for Innovation and Growth

French Ministry of Economy and Finance, Paris 


The EMnet Meeting on Latin America gathered multinational companies, policy makers and OECD experts to discuss strategies for innovation and growth and their impact on business operations in Latin America.

This meeting was held back-to-back with the 9th International Economic Forum on Latin America and the Caribbean and benefitted from the participation of Ministers and high-level officials from Latin American countries with responsibilities in the realm of finance and development.

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Opening Session

  • Joint morning session with the International Economic Forum on Latin America and the Caribbean 

Keynote remarks

Session 1: Strategies for growth amid uncertainty and risk of protectionism

Latin America is expected to return to positive growth in 2017 after two consecutive years of recession. Yet the region is facing increased social vulnerability, productivity stagnation and growing global protectionism. To counterbalance uncertainty, commitment to innovation and skills development will be crucial.

Session 2: Unlocking investment in innovation in Latin America 

Labour productivity in Latin America has declined in the past decade in comparison to more advanced economies. Innovation can play a key role in the region to support productivity improvements. What role can the private sector play in bringing investment in innovation up to speed?

Session 3
The future of work
Session 4
Infrastructure for innovation

Innovation is changing the labour market, shifting the demand for skills towards new activities. This could aggravate regional skills mismatches.


Innovation needs a vast network of infrastructure in place. How are infrastructure opportunities developing across Latin America?

Session 5
A new chapter for trade?

Session 6
Investing in the digital economy

With rising protectionism, NAFTA and the TPP in question, what will trade uncertainty mean for doing business in Latin America?

The expansion of digital technologies in Latin America is opening up new areas for business growth. However, barriers hindering the development of the digital economy still exist.


Wrap-up and concluding remarks



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