The Consortium in Latin American & Caribbean Studies
at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University

Business Outreach

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Through work initiated in cooperation with the NC Department of Commerce, the Consortium is connecting its outreach effort to the business community. Through educational seminars and other events the Outreach office has developed creative methods to help the North Carolina business communities become aware of issues facing North Carolina after NAFTA and the new Free Trade of the Americas initiative.

Due to dramatic changes in the world economy over the last 20 years, it is crucial that business leaders have an understanding of the international context in which they operate. The outreach office draws upon the university’s extensive resources, including faculty members who are consultants to the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, to educate the local business community as well as business leaders in various Latin American and Caribbean countries about relevant issues.

Past examples:

Conference: The North Carolina - South America Connection (Brazil, Argentina, Chile)

  • Held on November 9, 2004, this all-day conference brought together some of the most knowledgeable people in the world on the economic and business environment in Latin America. The conference drew a diverse crowd of people with business interests in South America or who were considering expanding their business to these markets. Speakers included Ambassadors Andrés Bianchi and Donna Hrinak; Minister-Counselor on Economic Affairs for Brazil; DAS Walter Bastian - U.S. Department of Commerce; U.S. Trade Representative; economic and investment advisors from leading Washington trade organizations; U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and executives from several North Carolina companies.

Conference: States of Democracy: Latin American/Caribbean Political Actors in Historical and Contemporary Contexts

  • Held from February 11-12, 2005, this conference was the second in a three-year cycle of consortium conferences titled “Globalization and the Transformation of Public Life.” A conference highlight was a panel on how democratic states in Latin America can play into the global and regional economies.