The Belt and Road in Latin America: Where does the future lie?

Over the past six years, China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has expanded across the globe, drawing varied reactions ranging from full-on support to deep-running skepticism. Latin America and the Caribbean, long considered peripheral to the BRI, is increasingly engaging with the initiative – 19 countries have already signed on. As BRI continues to evolve, what are some new areas and trends to watch? What are the implications of BRI for regional governments and the business community? In what ways could BRI affect the United States and its interests?


Paula García Tufró
Deputy Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council


Martin Maciak
Head of Asia Cross Border Origination for the Americas

Kristie Pellecchia
Senior Advisor, Western Hemisphere
Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Federico Cuadra del Carmen
Baker McKenzie

Leigh Wedell
Senior Fellow
Paulson Institute;
COO & Founding Partner
Senior Advisor
Laurel Strategies


Pepe Zhang
Associate Director for China, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council