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A Leaders of the Americas Series event

Due to COVID-19, Guatemala has been under a mandatory nationwide quarantine for the past two months. President Alejandro Giammattei, who took office only four months ago, has responded to the crisis with a series of measures including over $1.6 billion in economic aid through ten new programs, such as food and electricity subsidies, employment protections, and direct payments. Still, Guatemala, with the second most cases in Central America, faces a public health crisis alongside its own economic challenges. How can Central America’s largest nation balance health and economic priorities? What is Guatemala’s post-COVID-19 plan for economic reactivation? What roles can the government, private sector, and the international community play?

Join the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center on Thursday, May 21, at 11:00 a.m. EDT (9:00 a.m. Guatemala City) for a live online conversation with President Alejandro Giammattei on Guatemala’s COVID-19 response and economic reactivation plan. The event will be held in Spanish with simultaneous English translation.

This conversation is the third episode as part of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center’s Leaders of the Americas series where we provide a bridge for honest, solutions-focused discourse on today’s pressing regional issues.

Watch the event livestream in English

Read about the event in the New Atlanticist

Thu, May 21, 2020

Guatemalan president criticizes US over lack of COVID-19 assistance

“Guatemala is an ally of the United States, but I don’t believe the US is an ally to Guatemala, because they don’t treat us like one,” he said. “We’ve seen how they’ve assisted other countries with ventilators, and we haven’t even gotten a dime from them—not even one single mask from the United States. We don’t feel appreciated.”

New Atlanticist by Larry Luxner

Coronavirus Migration

Keynote speaker

H.E. Alejandro Giammattei
President of the Republic of Guatemala

In conversation with

Jason Marczak
Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council


Ms. Ana Palacio
Board Member
Atlantic Council;
Palacio y Asociados;
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs (2002-2004)

En Español

Por los pasados dos meses, Guatemala ha vivido bajo cuarentena nacional. El presidente Giammattei, quien asumió la presidencia hace solo cuatro meses, ha respondido a la crisis con una serie de medidas, incluyendo $1,600 millones (13,000 millones quetzales) en programas de apoyo económico. Sin embargo, Guatemala, el segundo país en Centro América con más casos confirmados de COVID-19, enfrenta un doble reto: una crisis de salud pública y problemas económicos que se han agudizado por la pandemia. ¿Cómo debe balancear estas dos prioridades el país más grande de Centro América? ¿Cuál es el plan de reactivación económica del Presidente Giammattei? ¿Qué rol debe jugar el gobierno, el sector privado y la sociedad civil para contrarrestar los impactos de esta crisis?

Únase al Centro para América Latina Adrienne Arsht del Atlantic Council el jueves, 21 de mayo, a las 11:00 a.m. EDT (9:00 a.m. hora Guatemala), para una conversación virtual y en vivo (en castellano y con traducción simultánea al inglés) con el presidente Giammattei sobre su respuesta a la pandemia y su plan futuro para reactivar la economía del país.

Este es el tercer evento de la iniciativa “Líderes de las Américas” del Centro para América Latina. Esta iniciativa busca convocar a líderes del más alto nivel de América Latina para discutir los temas más apremiantes de la región.


H.E. Alejandro Giammattei
Presidente de la República de Guatemala

En conversación con

Jason Marczak
Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council


Ms. Ana Palacio
Miembro de Junta de Directores
Atlantic Council;
Palacio y Asociados;
Ex Canciller (2002-2004)

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