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A Conversation with Alberto Carrasquilla, Colombia's Minister of Finance and Public Credit

Date & Time

Apr. 12, 2019
9:30am – 10:30am


The Inter-American Dialogue

A Conversation with Alberto Carrasquilla, Colombia's Minister of Finance and Public Credit


Colombia’s Minister of Finance and Public Credit, Alberto Carrasquilla, will address the Duque administration’s economic policy and investment priorities for the next four years, as laid out in the Plan de Desarrollo (Development Plan) currently being debated by the Colombian Congress.  Early in his tenure, Minister Carrasquilla proposed a tax reform to address the country’s growing fiscal deficit, exacerbated by the cost of addressing the massive flows of Venezuelan migrants into Colombia.  After contentious debates the Colombian Congress approved a diluted tax bill that reduced the original revenue target by half.   
With economic growth predicted to be over 3 percent, Colombia’s economic outlook is healthy for 2019. However, given the growing demands on government spending, will Colombia be able to comply with the fiscal rule? What changes should we expect as the Plan de Desarrollo makes its way through Congress? How is Colombia preparing for possible shocks to commodity prices and a slowdown in trade?
Minister Carrasquilla will address these and other issues during an open conversation about Colombia’s economic outlook and the challenges for the Duque administration in the coming years.

*Please Note: This event will be held at The Inter-American Dialogue. 

Opening Remarks

Michael Shifter 
The Inter-American Dialogue 


Alberto Carrasquilla
Minster of Finance and Public Credit 


Cynthia J. Arnson 
Director, Latin American Program 
Wilson Center 

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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

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