Thursday, June 3
COVID Impact & Regional Economic Outlook
Thursday, June 3
9:05 am - 10:30 am
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  • Pedro Rodriguez (Panelist) Lead Economist and Program Leader for Equity, Finance and Institutions, Central America, and Dominican Republic, The World Bank Group (Washington, D.C, USA)
  • Juan Carlos Zapata (Panelist) Executive Director, Fundesa
  • Metodij Hadzi-Vaskov (Panelist) Regional Resident Representative for Central America, Panama, and the Dominican Republic, International Montetary Fund (IMF)
  • John Andersen (Moderator) Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Western Hemisphere (retired), U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, US Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (retired)
  • Marta Ruiz-Arranz (Panelist) Principal Economic Advisor, Inter-American Development Bank


The ravages of back-to-back hurricanes compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic have led to historic economic devastation in Central America’s Northern Triangle region. With the pandemic being far from under control (e.g., less than 0.02% of Guatemalans have been vaccinated) and much of the economic infrastructure damaged, our panelists will discuss the socio-economic consequences of this historic economic disruption and the pre-conditions they believe necessary for economic recovery, including identifying possible opportunities.

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