Border Modernization and the Economy: an Inside Look

Date: April 24, 2014
Place: Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Cost: This event is free and open to the public
Contact: Chandler Martin



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Earlier this year, the San Ysidro border modernization project received a boost of more than $200 million, a boon to the improvement of infrastructure at the busiest land border crossing in the Western Hemisphere.  Inadequate infrastructure has led to delays at our ports of entry that have had a staggering effect not only on our regional economy, but also on our national economy. However, this breakthrough in federal funding for the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry Modernization and Expansion Projectwill reduce wait times and allow for more efficient movement of goods and people.  

Please join us for a conversation with Congressman Scott Peters to discuss the importance of the border to our competitiveness, both regional and national. Congressman Peters will be joined by experts from SANDAG and GSA to discuss the local impacts of obtaining funding for border modernization. Congressman Peters will share insights on the struggles of taking the San Diego collaborative spirit to Washington D.C. in order to shape the discussions on the border and educate our nation's lawmakers on the impacts of the border beyond the San Diego region.

Institute of the Americas’ President Ambassador Charles Shapiro will moderate.

This event is free and open to the public; however, we do ask that you register in advance to ensure adequate seating.


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Webinar: The Future of Natural Gas in Brazil

Date: April 30, 2014
: 11am San Diego (2pm New York; UTC – 7 hours)
Contact: Alexis Arthur


Foto: Divulgação / janeiro 2013Foto: Divulgação / janeiro 2013In the last few years, Brazil has emerged as an important hydrocarbons player in the Western Hemisphere, largely due to the abundant oil reserves in the pre-salt basins offshore. Meanwhile, Brazil’s natural gas sector has lagged behind. Despite significant natural gas reserves, institutional and financial hurdles as well as inadequate infrastructure have limited domestic production, leaving Brazil to meet its internal demand with continued imports from Bolivia and, more recently, by way of expensive imported LNG.

Join us for a webinar discussion of the future of natural gas in Brazil with Sylvie D’Apote, managing partner at Prysma Consultants and formerly managing partner at Gas Energy, Brazil. D’Apote will discuss perspectives for increasing natural gas production in Brazil, expected gas demand growth and diversification, and the evolving supply-demand balance and future of LNG imports in Brazil.

D’Apote’s presentation will be followed by an interactive question and answer session with the audience. If you are interested but unable to attend the live event, please register anyway and we will send you the recording.

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East meets West – An Introduction to Latin America: Chinese Business Executive Training Workshop


Dates: May 5-9, May 5-16, May 5-22, 2014
Location: First week—Institute of the Americas, La Jolla, California
Second week—Mexico City, Mexico, Third week—La Jolla, California
Cost: The programs are designed for the busy executive, with three levels of participation
May 5-9, 2014: East meet West workshop in La Jolla, California (offered in Mandarin)  $4,400
May 5-16, 2014: International program in La Jolla, California and Mexico City, Mexico (offered in Mandarin)  $7,000
May 5-22, 2014: Energy and business program in La Jolla, California and Mexico City, Mexico  $7,500

Contact: Lynne Walker

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Two-week professional workshop in La Jolla, California and Mexico City, Mexico

Learn from regional experts about the economics and politics of doing business in Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Chile
Join us for this unique program on the economics and politics of doing business with China’s leading trade partners in Latin America.

During the two-week professional workshop, we will learn from business experts about the opportunities and challenges of doing business in Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Chile.  We will discuss with academics and scholars the political and economic structures of these key Latin American countries. And we will speak with specialists about corporate social responsibility issues, as well as labor issues and environmental concerns in each of the countries.

As a special feature of this program, we will travel to Mexico City to meet with top officials of the government of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto as well as leading business executives.

The workshop will also offer cultural experiences in San Diego and Mexico. We will enjoy a winery tour in Southern California and a ferry ride on San Diego Bay. In Mexico City, we will visit the renowned Anthropology Museum.


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日期:2014年5月 5-9日, 5-16日, 5-22日
2014年5月5日- 16日:加州拉荷亚及墨西哥城的国际项目(中文) 7000美元
2014年5月5日-22日:能源及商业项目。地点:加州拉荷亚及墨西哥城  7500美元

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XXIII La Jolla Energy Conference

Date: May 21-22, 2014
Place: Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
Contact: Rita Oliveira


XIII La Jolla Energy ConferenceFor twenty-three years, the Institute of the Americas has convened a high-level hemispheric energy summit known as “The La Jolla Conference.” This year’s program will again be at the forefront of shaping critical energy policy discussions and assessing key trends.

2014 Cuba Educational and Policy Trip

Date: May 24th-31st, 2014
Cost:Members $5800, Non-members $6100*
*includes 1-year membership to the Institute
Price quoted is for a double room. For a single room there is a $400 supplement
Contact: Chandler Martin


From May 24th to 31st, 2014, the Institute will convene a delegation to explore policy in Havana and surrounding areas. The trip is a week of immersion in Cuban government, business, art, and culture as legally licensed educational travelers. The program will be led by Ambassador Charles Shapiro, President of the Institute and formerly Coordinator of Cuban Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.
Few in our generation have been inside Cuba, and even fewer have had the inside access now being offered to you by the Institute. The Institute is offering an insider’s perspective to life in Cuba and the Cuba-US relationship. Participants will meet with high-ranking government officials, hear from entrepreneurs in the Cuban private sector, learn from professional Cuban artists and musicians and convene with diplomats and economists familiar with the intricacies of the island.
Don’t miss this opportunity to study Cuban policy through the lens of the people and places that make it unique.
Visits will be conducted in English or will have interpretation available.

Because of the lead time required arranging the necessary legal paperwork, the deadline for registration is March 20. A $1000 deposit is due at that time. Final payments are due April 1. 

Participant fees include:

  • Accommodations in 4- or 5-star hotels
  • Ground transportation
  • All meals and cocktails included in the agenda
  • Admissions to all items on the agenda, including museums, tours, galleries and performances
  • Full-time escort by English-speaking organizers
  • Local guides
  • Requisite Cuban insurance
  • Cuban visa
  • Compliance with U.S. Treasury Department regulations

Airfare to Miami is not included, nor is the Cuban departure tax (25CUC). 

Jack F. Ealy Science Journalism

June 9-13, 2014
Contact: Lynne Walker
Registration fee:$3,200


Reporters and editors will meet leading scientists from world renowned research centers such as The Brain Observatory, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Journalists will visit labs, have access to cutting-edge research, build a network of contacts in the region and receive a solid grounding on a variety of green issues. A strong emphasis is placed on climate change and its impact on Latin America as well as making global issues understandable and relevant at a local level.


Chile Energy Roundtable


June 24, 2014 • Santiago, Chile • Hotel Intercontinental Las Condes
Contact: Diana Rodríguez

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Chile Energy Roundtable 2014The topic of energy figured prominently in Chile’s election late last year. More specifically, security, efficiency and sustainability emerged as clear-cut issues facing policymakers and energy sector participants alike. Chile currently imports 97 percent of its fossil fuels and depends on hydropower for 42 percent of its electricity generation. Given her previous term, Ms. Bachelet arrives at La Moneda fairly well-versed in the issues surrounding the country’s energy woes. But with the country’s economic growth in recent years, the need to address the problem has become ever more urgent. Indeed, according to the Chilean Electric Power Association, power consumption in Chile will double by 2025. During the campaign, Ms. Bachelet indicated that within her administration’s first 100 days the Energy Ministry will be tasked with establishing an “energy agenda” and during the course of 2014 developing a National Energy Policy.  Campaign pronouncements point to an energy policy framework focused on energy efficiency, natural gas and nonconventional renewables, as well as improved interconnection efforts and regulatory management of Chile’s power grids. Much like Chile’s neighbors in the Southern Cone, liquefied natural gas (LNG) is likely to be a cornerstone of the country’s energy policy in the coming term.

This one-day forum is set to coincide with the Bachelet government’s announcement of its “energy agenda.” Panels will assess the impact and implications of economic growth for the nation’s energy sector, the expansion of natural gas and LNG for Chile’s energy matrix, as well as continued efforts focused on increased energy efficiency and diversification, seeking to further deployment of nonconventional renewable energy sources.



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Junio 24, 2014 • Santiago, Chile • Hotel Intercontinental Las Condes
Contacto: Diana Rodríguez

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Mesa Redonda Energía Chile 2014Uno de los temas más mencionados el año pasado durante las elecciones en Chile fue el de energía. Específicamente, seguridad, eficiencia y sostenibilidad son temas fehacientes que enfrentan los diseñadores de políticas, al igual que los participantes en la industria energética. Actualmente Chile importa el 97% de sus combustibles fósiles y depende de la hidroelectricidad para el 42% de su generación eléctrica. Teniendo en cuenta su primer término, la Presidenta Bachelet llega a La Moneda bastante familiarizada con los temas que agobian al sector energético del país. Pero con el crecimiento económico de los últimos años, es necesario abordar este problema de manera inmediata. De hecho, y según estimados de Empresas Eléctricas A.G. (asociación de empresas eléctricas de Chile), el consumo de electricidad en Chile se duplicará para el 2025. Durante su campaña, la Presidenta Bachelet indicó que durante los primeros 100 días de su administración, el Ministerio de Energía se encargaría de establecer una “agenda energética” y durante el curso del 2014, en desarrollar una Política Energética Nacional. Los pronunciamientos de la campaña apuntaban a un marco regulatorio energético que hace énfasis en la eficiencia energética, el gas natural y los recursos renovables no convencionales, así como en mayores esfuerzos para la interconexión y la administración regulatoria de las redes eléctricas de Chile. Al igual que los países vecinos de Chile en el Cono Sur, el GNL muy probablemente será la piedra angular de la política energética del país para la administración entrante.

Este foro de un día está programado para que coincida con el anuncio de la “agenda energética” del gobierno de la Presidenta Bachelet. Los paneles analizarán el impacto e implicaciones del crecimiento económico para el sector energético de la nación, la expansión del gas natural y el GNL para la matriz energética de Chile, así como los esfuerzos enfocados en el incremento de la eficiencia energética y la diversificación con el fin de fomentar el despliegue de fuentes de energía renovable no convencional.


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