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Officials representing Panama’s financial system and other experts met at the Wilson Center to discuss reform efforts that are receiving additional attention in the wake of the so-called “Panama Papers.” 

Speakers (listed in order of appearance)
Andrew Selee, Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
Eric L. Olson, Associate Director, Latin American Program Wilson Center
Chip Poncy, Senior Advisor, Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance Foundation for Defense of Democracy
Ivan Zarak, Vice Minister of Economy, Republic of Panama
Ricardo Fernandez, Bank Superintendent, Republic of Panama


Eric L. Olson

Eric L. Olson

Global Fellow;
Director of the Central America-D.C. Platform, Seattle International Foundation
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Latin American Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin American Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more