Mom-and-pop stores, neighborhood mini-markets, and small bars and restaurants have been among the most economically affected by the pandemic. These and other small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) make up 99 percent of all businesses and 67 percent of employment across Latin America and the Caribbean. However, they account for less than a third of GDP. Unlocking the potential of small businesses will be critical to the region’s economic reactivation and long-term prosperity.

What concrete policies can help small businesses overcome COVID-19 related and broader growth challenges? In what ways can public-private sector partnerships accelerate SME recovery, especially for those involved in traditional trade? With small businesses in mind, how can the region proactively rebuild in a more inclusive and resilient way?

Join the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center on Wednesday, February 2, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. (ET), for a virtual conversation on the role and opportunities for small businesses in regional recovery. The event will kick off #ProactiveLAC, the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center’s new high-level event series focusing on #Prosperity and #Reactivation in LAC.

This event will be held in SPANISH with simultaneous translation to English.


H.E. Raquel Peña
Vice President
Dominican Republic

Henrique Braun
Coca-Cola Latin America

Julián Suárez Migliozzi
Vice President of Sustainable Development
Development Bank for Latin America (CAF)

*Additional speakers to be announced

In partnership with

Coca-Cola Latin America

The Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center broadens understanding of regional transformations and delivers constructive, results-oriented solutions to inform how the public and private sectors can advance hemispheric prosperity.


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