Institute of the Americas Upcoming Events

Webinar: Cheap Oil? Making Sense of a Competitive Oil Market

Date: September 9
Time: 10:00 am San Diego (1:00pm New York; GMT/UTC - 7 hours)
Contact: Alexis Arthur

Oil tankerAfter a dramatic drop in oil price in 2014, the global oil market has settled into a period of volatility. According to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the fall was preceded by an unprecedented era of high prices and stability. The resiliency of crude oil prices between 2011 and 2014, they argue, was largely due to action by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council producers. In addition to stabilizing prices, the Gulf States' actions kept Saudi production competitive and increased its market share, ensuring greater control.
Join us for a discussion with Ramón Espinasa, Lead Oil and Gas Specialist at the Energy Division of the IDB, and Carlos Sucre, Energy Consultant at the IDB. Espinasa and Sucre will discuss both the historical context for our current oil price market as well as the outlook for oil prices, depending on variable global supply and demand factors.
If you are unable to join us, register anyway and we will send you the link to the recording.


SENTRI at 20

SENTRI has been essential to the economic growth and viability of our bi-national region.

By 2020, the demand on the SENTRI program will be intense and a new, more efficient border crossing mechanism will be needed. Anticipating this need, UC San Diego is again taking the lead to develop innovative solutions to our future border challenge.

On September 22, Congresswoman Lynn Schenk, who championed the SENTRI program by carrying it through Congress and fighting for its approval, will be joined by UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla and others to spearhead the effort to find solutions. Chancellor Khosla has recruited a team of local visionaries, and technology and transportation experts —the Envision the Border Study Team— to write a White Paper which will be presented at the September 22 roundtable. The paper will provide steps that San Diego can take to lead our nation in border crossing efficiency and innovation.

The roundtable will include panel discussions that look at the challenges the SENTRI program’s supporters had to overcome, as well as the recommendations of Envision 2020. A keynote speaker will close the roundtable by discussing California’s economic future and the importance of a strong dynamic partnership with Mexico.





UC San Diego            Smart Border Coalition





Event: Luncheon Roundtable
Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Time: 12 noon to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Malamud Room in the Weaver Center
Institute of the Americas


Seating is limited; please register early to reserve your seat.

Individual Ticket: $75

Table of Ten: $700

for sponsorship opportunities, please contact
Sherry White or by phone
at (858) 964-1723










Panama Energy Roundtable: How to balance economic growth and energy infrastructure


Date: September 22, 2015
Time: 8:30 - 9:00am Registration and Coffee
9:00am – 3:30pm Roundtable Panel Discussions
Place: Panama City, Panama – Panama Marriott Hotel
Contact: Rita Oliveira

This event will be held in Spanish without interpretation and is closed to the press

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Panama Energy RoundtableIn April, Panama hosted the Seventh Summit of the Americas, an event made famous by the historic handshake between Presidents Obama and Castro. As Hemispheric heads of state met in Panama, the country continued its economic surge.  Foreign Direct Investment grew 32% in the first quarter of 2015 and over the last five years, Panama has been one of the region’s fastest growing economies, averaging annual growth on the order of 8%. But its average annual GDP growth has also brought a commensurate rise in energy demand. Indeed, the government has prepared a power tender for the purchase of 350 MW of new capacity to come on line in 2018, followed by another tender for supply of an additional 350 MW to come on line in 2019.

The objective of this one-day executive roundtable is to foster dialogue between the government, private sector and civil society over the nation’s energy outlook and opportunities and challenges for maintaining its economic boom in the most sustainable manner possible. How to balance economic growth and energy infrastructure and particularly electric generation requirements will be key areas for discussion. Additionally, panels will debate the role for renewables, energy efficiency and if and where natural gas and LNG will play a part in Panama’s energy matrix. Regional integration will also be assessed both in terms of Central America and the Panama-Colombia interconnection project.


Iván Barría, General Manager, ETESA

Manuel Benítez, Deputy Administrator, Panama Canal Authority

Miguel Bolinaga, General Manager, AES Panama

Isaac Castillo, Deputy Secretary, National Energy Secretariat

Eduardo De La Guardia, Country Manager, IC Power

Fernando Díaz, Director of Electricity, National Energy Secretariat

José Ramón Gómez, Senior Energy Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Daniel Kastholm, Regional Group Head – Latin America, Fitch Ratings

Roberto Meana Meléndez, General Administrator, National Public Services Authority (ASEP)

Susana Pinilla, Country Director, CAF – Development Bank of Latin America

Carlos A. Solé III, Partner, Baker Botts L.L.P.


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¿Como equilibrar el crecimiento económico y la infraestructura energética?

Fecha: Septiembre 22, 2015
Hora: 8:30 - 9:00am Registro y Café
9:00am – 3:30pm Mesa Redonda
Lugar: Ciudad de Panamá – Panama Marriott Hotel
Contacto: Rita Oliveira

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El evento será en español y cerrado a la prensa

Panama Energy RoundtableEn abril se llevó a cabo la séptima Cumbre de las Américas, en la cual se presenció el histórico apretón de manos entre los Presidentes Obama y Castro. Mientras se reunían los jefes de estado del hemisferio en Panamá, el país continuaba con su prosperidad económica. La inversión extranjera directa creció 32% en el primer trimestre del 2015 y durante los últimos cinco años, la economía de Panamá ha sido la de más rápido crecimiento en la región, con un promedio de 8% al año. Pero este crecimiento anual del PIB también ha incrementado proporcionalmente la demanda de energía. De hecho, el gobierno ha preparado una licitación para la compra de 350MW de potencia nueva para que entre en línea en el 2018, seguida por otra licitación para el suministro de 350MW adicionales para entrar en línea en el 2019.

El propósito de esta mesa redonda ejecutiva de un día es fomentar el diálogo entre el gobierno, el sector privado y la sociedad civil en cuanto al panorama energético del país, así como las oportunidades y retos para mantener su auge económico de la manera más sostenible. ¿Cómo equilibrar el crecimiento económico y la infraestructura energética y en particular, los requerimientos para la generación eléctrica?, serán los temas centrales de las discusiones. Adicionalmente, los paneles debatirán acerca del rol de las energías renovables, la eficiencia energética y si el gas natural y el GNL jugarán un papel en la matriz energética de Panamá, y de qué manera. Se analizará igualmente la integración regional tanto en términos de Centroamérica como el proyecto de interconexión Colombia-Panamá.


Iván Barría, Gerente General, ETESA

Manuel Benítez, Subadministrador, Autoridad del Canal de Panamá  

Miguel Bolinaga, Gerente General, AES Panamá

Isaac Castillo, Subsecretario, Secretaría Nacional de Energía

Eduardo De La Guardia, Country Manager, IC Power

Fernando Díaz, Director de Electricidad y Política Energética, Secretaría Nacional de Energía

José Ramón Gómez, Especialista Senior Energía, Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID) 

Daniel Kastholm, Director Regional para América Latina, Fitch Ratings

Roberto Meana Meléndez, Administrador General, Autoridad Nacional de los Servicios Públicos (ASEP)

Susana Pinilla, Directora Representante en Panamá, CAF - Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina

Carlos A. Solé III, Socio, Baker Botts L.L.P.


Aggreko                         CELSIA



Akin Gump                        Kanan Overseas




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