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As Latin America and the Caribbean continues to battle with the COVID-19 pandemic and its socioeconomic costs, illicit trade markets are thriving and re-shaping supply chains. Illicit trade puts consumer safety at risk, affects government revenue and its ability to provide services, and erodes the business environment. How has the pandemic affected illicit trade flows across the region? What best practices can Latin America and the Caribbean offer on combatting illicit trade and what are lessons from other regions? How can governments, the private sector and civil society work together to reduce illicit trade?

Join the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center on Tuesday, November 24, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST for a virtual conversation on the impact of COVID-19 on illicit trade in Latin America and the Caribbean, with new data and numbers from an upcoming Euromonitor report.

Speakers*

Bosco Marti
Director of Institutional Affairs and Communications, Aleatica
Former Executive Director (2014-2020), Inter-American Development Bank

Jeffrey P. Hardy
Director-General
Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade (TRACIT)

Virginia Cervieri
Co-Founder and Senior Partner
Cervieri Monsuárez

Lilian Verena Hoenigsberg Krohn
Consultant
Euromonitor International

*Additional speakers to be confirmed.

Moderated by

Jason Marczak
Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council

More on illicit trade

State on the cusp

Fri, Oct 23, 2020

States on the cusp: Overcoming illicit trade’s corrosive effects in developing economies

The report “States on the cusp” explores the complex ways in which the illicit trade in otherwise licit goods (including alcohol, pharmaceuticals, luxury goods, cigarettes, electronics, and much more) threatens the stability, security, and prosperity of vulnerable states around the world, especially in the Global South. This groundbreaking study at the nexus of illicit trade, organized crime, and official corruption proposes actionable solutions for combating illicit trade and bringing states back from the cusp of functionality.

Report by Mark Shaw, Tuesday Reitano, Simone Haysom, Peter Tinti

Corruption Economy & Business