Crossrail International’s Rebecca Venn, Regional Director for Latin America, was an expert panellist at this year’s Canning Conference in Westminster, London, UK, the premier business-focused conference on Latin America in the UK, which took place on 21 May 2019.
Introduced by Cristina Cortes, CEO, Canning House, the conference provided an update on the current political and economic situation in the region and focused specifically on ports, airports, rail and metro projects.
As one of four expert Rail & Metro panellists, Rebecca shared advice and conclusions with delegates, drawing on her experience of Crossrail International projects and opportunities in the Latin America region.
“To achieve economic growth and a continuing rise in the standard of living, transport infrastructure needs to connect developing countries and their people with one another and with the wider global economy,” commented Rebecca. “There is huge potential for growth through much-needed upgrades to infrastructure throughout Latin America.”
The Latin American region currently spends one of the smallest shares of GDP on infrastructure in the world, second only to Sub-Saharan Africa. The UK is committed to supporting infrastructure investments in Latin America through the Department for International Trade and UK Export Finance.
Established in 2010, the Canning Conference aims to identify trends and transformations in different commercial sectors in Latin America. The conference sees specialist speakers from across business, government, academia and international organisations meet to discuss business opportunities and risks.
Canning House is the UK’s leading forum for contacts, thought leadership and pragmatic debate on Latin American political, economic and social trends and issues, and business risks and opportunities.
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