On August 4, at 18:00 Moscow time (GMT +3), Yaroslav Lissovolik, Programme Director at the Valdai Club, took part in the interactive conference “USA – Latin America – Russia: an Agenda for Constructive Cooperation in the Post-COVID-19 Era”, organised by the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Guatemala jointly with the American Chamber of Commerce “AmCham”, the US-Russia Business Council, the Central American Parliament, Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration (SIECA), and the Regional Coordinator for Economic and Social Research of Argentina with the support of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
For the first time in modern history, mankind faces a pervasive threat from an infectious disease, which, according to the apt statement of the IMF, has immediately plunged modern civilisation into an era of “Great isolation”. Possible scenarios for development in the post-COVID-19 era are now actively being discussed, but it is obvious that only by working together will countries effectively cope with the consequences of the crisis. In this regard, according to observers, additional responsibility lie with countries that play a significant role at the world political and economic stage, including the United States, Russia and the countries of Latin America. It is obvious that it is necessary to build a new balance of forces, suitable to the current situation and the status quo. Within the framework of the conference, it was planned to determine the areas where Russia, the United States and the countries of Latin America could form a positive agenda for multilateral cooperation.
Richard Kozul-Wright, Director of the Division on Globalisation and Development Strategies, UNCTAD;
Nadia de León, Chairwoman of the Central American Parliament;
Enrique Redondo, Secretary General of the Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration (SIECA);
Lila Roldán Vázquez, Director of the Group of Contemporary Studies of the Eurasian Region, Argentine Council for International Relations (CARI);
Daniel Russell, President and CEO of the U.S. – Russia Business Council (USRBC);
Sergey Ryabkov, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation.
Alexis Rodzianko, President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia.