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New Direction
4th-6th December 2017 Buenos Aires Argentina
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La Convención Azul

La Convención Azul is the pre-eminent free-market forum, taking place on December 4th-6th in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

La Convención Azul brings together the foremost free-market advocates and thought-leaders from business, government, academia and the non-for-profit sector from across Europe and the Americas, in order to shape the debate on how trade and digital economy can become the driving force of global growth.

From keynote speeches to topic-driven panel discussions, La Convención Azul will provide participants with valuable insights into the ideas that are shaping our time and our century.

The agenda for this event reflects on major policy challenges in the digital economy and trade including:

The digital market in Latin America – setting regulation to promote its development;

Creative industries in digital convergence, and

How free trade can spur economic growth between europe and Latin America.

The event will be held in English and Spanish, with live translation.

La Convención Azul

No location could be more fitting for this forum than Argentina and Buenos Aires. Just days ahead of WTO’s Eleventh Ministerial Conference (MC11) and as the country prepares to assume the Presidency of the G20, Argentina is stepping up its efforts for more free-market reforms. Argentina is ripe for free market ideas that can turn the country into a beacon of economic resilience and sustainability across Latin America.

This high-level gathering is being organised by New Direction – a foundation which boasts membership of 36 conservative political parties, including the governing parties of the United Kingdom, Poland, Finland, United States, Australia, Israel, Turkey, and many more.

La Convención Azul will seek to inspire a new generation of free-market supporters, by platforming rigorous discussions between some of the world’s finest exponents and practitioners in this field. Faced with the current rise of protectionist policymaking and authoritarian politics, we believe that the time is ripe for a new strategy which defends the record of free-markets in raising living standards across the world, and which champions a comprehensive reform agenda for the future.


"In recent decades, trade has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty, whilst allowing consumers in the developed world to benefit from an abundance of cheap goods and new technologies, Therefore, whilst the rhetoric across both the developed and developing world is dominated by protectionism and pessimism, the path to future prosperity points in the opposite direction, towards freer trade and open markets. La Convención Azul marks a new beginning for this collaboration, which promises to deliver a more prosperous future for all our citizens."

Tomasz Poręba MEP
President of New Direction; First Vice Chairman of Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly

"La Convención Azul provides a forum that encourages and values discussion and rigorous debate. I believe that free markets, individual liberty, private property, unrestricted commerce and small government are the ultimate instrument of poverty alleviation, conflict resolution and social justice."

Naweed Khan
Executive Director, New Direction

"We shouldn’t forget what the great Ronald Reagan used to say about the mindset of the statist, of the protectionist: “If something moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidise it.” Incredible as it may seem, this is how they think. They fear deregulation and free-market: it’s a sort of horror vacui. To them, not regulated does not mean free, but illegal."

Daniele Capezzone MP
Deputy Leader, Direzione Italia, Italy

"Without economic development, any potential for political openness and freedom will be questionable."

Jose Maria Aznar
Former Primer Minister of Spain

"Without private enterprise, there is no creativity. Science and education stall. Human progress is delayed. Freedom cannot be divorced from free enterprise."

Alvaro Uribe
Former President of Colombia

“Property rights are crucial in establishing a climate conducive to economic prosperity and freedom within a country.”

Hernando de Soto
President ILD

"Poland’s economy is among the fastest in the EU to go fully digital. We are committed to contribute to further developing Europe’s digital economy and invite all to work with us. Growth and jobs, as well as the EU’s global competitiveness are at stake here. We can do it together."

Beata Maria Szydło
Prime Minister, Poland
Venue

The CCK is a cultural centre located in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is the largest in Latin America.

It was opened in May 2015, and is located in the former Buenos Aires Central Post Office (“Palacio de Correos”).

Speakers

Our distinguished guests and speakers include: Sérgio Sá Leitão, Minister for Culture, Brazil; Hernan Lombardi, Minister of Public Media and Content, Argentina; Daniel Hannan MEP, President of the Institute for Free Trade (IFT), UK; Professor Ryszard Legutko MEP, co-Chairman of ECR Parliamentary Caucus, Poland; Jeff McElfresh, CEO of DirecTV Latin America, USA; Guibert Englebienne, CTO and co-founder of Globant, Argentina; Jorge Quiroga, President of Bolivia (2001-2002) and many more.

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Tomasz Poręba MEP
President of New Direction and First Vice President Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (EuroLat)
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Professor Ryszard Legutko MEP
co-Chairman of ECR Parliamentary Caucus, European Parliament
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Naweed Khan
Executive Director, New Direction
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Cristina Pérez
Journalist, Writer and Presenter
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Andrés Ibarra
Minister of Modernization, Argentina
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Sérgio Sá Leitão
Minister for Culture, Brazil
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André Müller Borges
Secretary of Telecommunications, Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications, Brazil
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Daniel Hannan MEP
Member of the European Parliament and President, Institute for Free Trade
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Kosma Zlotowski MEP
Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly, ECR
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Jeff Mcelfresh
CEO of DirecTV Latin America
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Karim Lesina
Vice President, International External Affairs EU, Caribbean, Central and Latin America, Trans-Atlantic Relations AT&T
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James Wharton
Former UK Minister
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Carolina Limbatto
Analyst of Telecoms and Digital Economy in the Americas
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Andrea Giuricin
Professor, University Milan Bicocca, Italy, University of Southern California, University of Minnesota, Michigan State University
Twitter Website
Guibert Englebienne
CTO and Co-Founder of Globant
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Miguel de Godoy
Chair of ENACOM, Argentina
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Jorge Fontevecchia
Owner of Editorial Perfil
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Samuel Possebon
Director of TELETIME, Brazil
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Noah Mamet
Former US Ambassador to Argentina & Founder of Noah Mamet & Associates, Global Advisory Services
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Guillermo Rivaben
CEO, La Nación
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Alberto S. Yohai
President of CCIT, Colombian Panel for Telecommunications
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Alexandros Koronakis
Editor & CEO of New Europe, Belgium
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Carlos Moltini
CEO of Telecom Argentina
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Marcelo Wechsler
Member of the Argentinian Congress and 1st Vice President of the Communications and Technology Committee
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Hernan Lombardi
Minister of Public Media and Content, Argentina
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Victor Moreno Catena
Former Secretary General of the Conference of Ministers of Justice in Ibero-American Countries (COMJIB)
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Adina-Ioana Vălean
Member of the European Parliament and Chair of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
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Crin Antonescu
Former President of the Senate of Romania
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Arturo Robles Rovalo
Commissioner of the Federal Telecommunication Institute (IFT) - Mexico
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Hector Huici
Secretary for Information Technology and Communications of Argentina
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Armando Ríos Piter
Member of the Mexican Senate and Independent candidate for the Mexican 2018 Presidential election
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Victoria Alonsopérez
Founder and CEO of Chipsafer
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Esteban Bullrich
Member of the Senate of Argentina
Gabriel Martino
CEO of HSBC Bank Argentina S.A.
Javier Zarzalejos
Director of FAES
Ilan Sztulman
Ambassador of Israel to Argentina
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Bernardo Lorenzo Almendros
Member of the Board, The National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC), Spain
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Edgar Olvera Jiménez
Undersecretary of Communications of the Ministry of Communications and Transport of Mexico
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Tomas Kalika
Chef & Owner of Mishiguene (LATAM 50 Best Restaurants)
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Meral Barlas
Ambassador of Turkey to Argentina
Eduardo Marty
Eduardo Marty, Founder of Libertad Querida, Junior Achievement Argentina and Foundation for Intellectual Responsibility (FRI)
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Benedict Mander
Southern Cone Correspondent, Financial Times
Agenda

From keynote speeches to topic-driven panel discussions, La Convención Azul will provide participants with valuable insights into the ideas that are shaping our time and our century.

The digital market in Latin America – setting regulation to promote its development

Creative industries in digital convergence

How free trade can spur economic growth between europe and Latin America

The event will be held in English and Spanish, with live translation.

Monday, 4th December

6.30pm-10.00pm

Drinks Rece ption

// by invitation only //

Hosted by Professor Ryszard Legutko MEP, co-Chairman of ECR Parliamentary Caucus, European Parliament

Tuesday, 5th December

Master of Ceremonies: Cristina Pérez

09.00am

Registration

10.00am

Introduction

10.15am-10.30am

Welcome address

Tomasz Poreba MEP, President of New Direction and First Vice President Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (EuroLat)

10.30am-10.45am

Opening address

The modernization of digital policy in Argentina

Andres Ibarra, Minister of Modernization of Argentina

10.45am-11.00am

Keynote Lecture - on New Direction’s Study

The digital market in Latin America: Setting regulation to promote its development

Professor Andrea Giuricin, University Milan Bicocca, Italy, University of Southern California, University of Minnesota, Michigan State University

11am-12.15pm

​Panel

How to spur investments in the region

Noah Mamet, former US Ambassasor to Argentina

Victor Moreno Catena, Former Secretary General of the Conference of Ministers of Justice in Ibero-American Countries (COMJIB)

Gabriel Martino, CEO of HSBC Bank Argentina S.A.

Tomas Kalika, Chef & Owner of Mishiguene (Latam 50 Best Restaurants)

Chair: Benedict Mander, Financial Times

12.15pm-1.30pm

Fireside Chat

Digital leadership: Latin America and the future converged market

James Wharton, interviews three executives on adapting to fast-paced change

Jeff Mcelfresh, CEO of DirecTV Latin America

Guibert Englebienne, CTO & Co-founder of Globant

Carlos Moltini, CEO at Telecom Argentina

1.30pm-3.00pm

Break

3.00pm-3.15pm

​Keynote Address

Esteban Bullrich, Member of the Senate of Argentina

3.15pm-4.30pm

Panel

Objectives and priorities for regulators in developing policies adapting to digital transformation, new tipping points and the pace of convergence

Miguel de Godoy, Chair of ENACOM, the Argentinian regulator

Juan Manuel Wilches,Commissioner of the CRC, Colombia (tbc)

Arturo Robles Rovalo, Commissioner of the Federal Telecommunication Institute (IFT) - Mexico

Bernardo Lorenzo Almendros, Member of the Board, The National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC), Spain

Chair: Karim Lesina, AT&T

4.30pm-4.45pm

Break

4.45pm-6.00pm

Fireside Chat

Modernizing policies to support digital development

Karim Lesina, interviews:

Andres Borges, Secretary of State for Communications Brazil

Hector Huici, Secretary for Information Technology and Communications of Argentina

Edgar Olvera Jiménez, Undersecretary of Communications of the Ministry of Communications and Transport of Mexico

Marcelo Wechsler,Member of the Argentinian Congress and 1st Vice President of the Communications and Technology Committee

6.00pm

Closing of Day 1

Wednesday, 6th December

Master of Ceremonies: Cristina Pérez

10.00am-10.15am

Keynote Address

Hernan Lombardi, Minister of Public Media and Content, Argentina

10.15am-11.30am

Creative Industries in Digital Convergence

Samuel Possebon, Teletime, interviews Jorge Fontevecchia, Editorial Perfil

11.30am-11.45am

Keynote Address

Sérgio Sá Leitão, Minister for Culture, Brazil

11.45am-1.00pm

Panel

Panel on the Data economy and opportunities for EU and LATAM countries

Guillermo Rivaben, CEO of Diario La Nación Argentina

Kosma Zlotowski MEP, Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly, ECR

Victoria Alonsopérez, Founder and CEO of Chipsafer

Professor Andrea Giuricin, University Milan Bicocca, Italy, University of Southern California, University of Minnesota, Michigan State University

Chair: Carolina Limbatto, Analyst of Telecoms and Digital Economy in the Americas

1.00pm-2.30pm

Break

2.30pm-3.45pm

​Panel

The transatlantic relationship in a changing world

Meral Barlas, Ambassador of Turkey to Argentina

Adina-Ioana Vălean, Member of the European Parliament and Chair of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

Daniel Hannan, Member of the European Parliament and President of the Institute for Free Trade

Ilan Sztulman, Ambassador of Israel to Argentina

Chair: Alexandros Koronakis, New Europe

3.45pm-4.00pm

Break

4.00pm-4.15pm

Keynote Address

Daniel Hannan, Member of the European Parliament and President of the Institute for Free Trade

4.15pm-5.30pm

​Panel

How Free Trade can spur economic growth between Europe and Latin America

Crin Antonescu, former President of the Senate of Romania

Alberto S. Yohai, President of CCIT (Camara Colombiana de Informatica & Telecomunicaciones)

Javier Zarzalejos, Secretary General, FAES

Eduardo Marty, Founder of Libertad Querida, Junior Achievement Argentina and Foundation for Intellectual Responsibility (FRI)

Chair: James Wharton, former UK Minister

5.30pm-5.45pm

​Concluding Remarks

Naweed Khan, Executive Director, New Direction

8.30pm-11.00pm

Official Dinner // by invitation only

Venue

La Convención Azul is supported by the following partners:


“The idea that governments should restrict the right of individuals to exchange their hard work for goods and services at an agreed price in an open market is one of the gravest infringements of personal liberty I can think of.”

Liam Fox
Secretary of State for International Trade, UK

“No country ever got rich by increasing taxation. No country ever built a strong economy by clobbering itself with tax after tax after tax.”

Tony Abbot
Former Prime Minister of Australia

“Not for us the anger and grievance of the Left. We conservatives are motivated by love – love for our nations, our laws, our families, our institutions”

Daniel Hannan MEP
President, Institute for Free Trade

“Never cease to remind the world what competitive capitalism has achieved.”

John Howard
Former Prime Minister of Australia

“What does conservatism mean? Do not change what works but be ready to change what does not work. Be ready to get rid of sclerotic institutions, obsolete regulations and outdated ideologies.”

Jan Zahradil
ACRE President

"Poland’s economy is among the fastest in the EU to go fully digital. We are committed to contribute to further developing Europe’s digital economy and invite all to work with us. Growth and jobs, as well as the EU’s global competitiveness are at stake here. We can do it together."

Beata Maria Szydło
Prime Minister, Poland