ReportFeb 23, 2022
US-China vaccine diplomacy: Lessons from Latin America and the Caribbean
By María Eugenia Brizuela de Ávila, Bosco Marti, Riyad Insanally and Claudia Trevisan
The implications of diverging COVID-19 responses, notably at the onset of the pandemic’s rise in the region, will reverberate beyond the health sector. What might the differing US and China pandemic approaches portend for future influence in the region?
Bosco Martí is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center and is the global director of institutional affairs and communications for Aleatica, a transportation infrastructure operator with presence in Spain, Italy, and key markets in Latin America. Martí previously served for six years as executive director for Mexico and the Dominican Republic at the board of directors of the Inter-American Development Bank and the Inter-American Investment Corporation headquartered in Washington, DC.
With a career of over twenty years in the Mexican federal government under four presidents, Martí previously served in prominent finance, diplomacy, and national security positions. He served as assistant secretary for international affairs at the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit in Mexico, where he was responsible for the relationship with international financial institutions and the international financial forums such as the Group of Twenty (G20) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. He coordinated the fifth Global Environment Facility assembly and co-chaired the investment and infrastructure working group of the G20. From 2010 to 2013, Martí worked as financial affairs minister counselor for Mexico to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, France. He also served as assistant secretary for the interior from 2009 to 2010. His primary responsibilities included identifying threats to the country’s democratic governance and national security and coordinating prevention and response measures. He was also part of the Mexican National Security Council’s Executive Committee.
Between 2003 and 2009, Martí held several positions in Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was director-general for North America, where he supervised the day-to-day bilateral and trilateral affairs between Mexico, the United States, and Canada. He participated in the creation of the Security and Prosperity Partnership for North America—a prelude to the North American Leaders Summit—and served as director-general for the Mesoamerica Project, a multilateral cooperation mechanism for the development of regional public goods.
In the federal government, Martí has also worked in the office of the President and in the Bank Savings Protection Institute. Before joining the government, he worked for DeRemate.com, Arthur Andersen, and Merrill Lynch. Martí holds a BS in industrial engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.