A conversation with Roberta Jacobson
Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs  
10:00 am, Thursday, December 6th
Congressional Meeting Room South
Capitol Visitors Center
Poverty in Latin America is the lowest it has been since 1990. According to the IMF, poverty in the region dropped from 48.4% to 31.4% in the last two decades. Yet 177 million people remain in poverty, particularly indigenous, Afro-descendant, and rural communities. State Department’s Pathways to Prosperity is a multi-sector initiative designed to promote widespread social and economic inclusion. Working with 15 partner countries including Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala, and Chile, Pathways is focused on expanding small business development, strengthening public-private partnerships, infrastructure financing, and increasing market access for female entrepreneurs throughout the region.
Please join Congreessman Sam Farr at 10:00 am Thursday, December 6th to learn more about this initiative and the prospects for broadbased prosperity in the hemisphere. 
Assistant Secretary Roberta Jacobson
Western Hemisphere Affairs, Department of State

Inés Bustillo
Director of the Washington Office of the United Nations Economic 
Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

Mark Sullivan
Specialist in Latin American Affairs
Congressional Research Service
Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas is part of an on-going monthly briefing series hosted by Congressman Farr called Latin America on the Rise, which brings in a diversity of speakers to address emerging and emergent issues in the Western Hemisphere. If you have any questions, please contact Caitie Whelan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).