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
Director of the Washington Office of the United Nations Economic
Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
Specialist in Latin American Affairs
Congressional Research Service