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Competition has been a powerful engine for economic growth and productivity. When markets were competitive, innovation flourished. This led to greater efficiency, lower costs, and, ultimately, greater choice for consumers. In Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), this was a central debate. Despite the region making significant progress in economic stabilization over recent decades, growth had stalled in recent years. The regional economic review (LACER) by the World Bank, titled  “Competition: The Missing Ingredient for Growth?” identified low levels of competition as an important factor contributing to low economic growth in the region.

What is the relationship between competition and economic competitiveness? How can governments and businesses work together to craft a framework that is conducive to higher competitiveness?

Watch a discussion hosted by the @AtlanticCouncil and the @WorldBank, and listen to some of Latin America’s top economic experts and private sector leaders as they explore the essential role of smart competition policies in driving economic dynamism. 

Atlantic Council's #ProactiveLAC Series

The conversation is part of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center’s #ProactiveLAC event series, which provides insight to countries in the region on how to advance economic reactivation and prosperity across Latin America and the Caribbean. Learn more and join us in person!

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William Maloney, Chief Economist for Latin America & Caribbean, World Bank

Moderator: Jason Marczak, Vice President and Senior Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, Atlantic Council

Marcela Meléndez, Deputy Chief Economist, Latin America and the Caribbean region, The World Bank

Santiago Levy, Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Brookings 

Maria-Leticia Ossa Daza, Partner, Paul Weiss 

Andrea Butelmann, Partner, Butelmann Consultores 

Moderator: Juan Carlos López, Anchor and Chief Correspondent, CNN en Español

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