Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce Announces 2022 Economic Outlook Forum


(San Juan, Puerto Rico February 16, 2022) In order to analyze the country’s economic challenges and explore their solutions, the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce (CCPR) announces its 2022 Economic Outlook Forum. The event will be held in person on Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at the Marriott San Juan Resort & Stellaris Casino, from 9:00am to 2:30pm.

“The Chamber of Commerce of Puerto Rico has organized this meeting between representatives of private enterprise and renowned economists of the country to have a roadmap in terms of economic and political decisions that must be taken for 2022. In a 2021 that closed in the context of a complex year and serious implicit economic risks, what awaits Puerto Rico in the new year 2022: agreement on debt, pandemic, job creation, fiscal adjustments, etc. Different perspectives, different approaches, several voices in a day of analysis and reflection on the country we see, and the one we need to build,” said the Lcdo. Luis A. Gierbolini Rodríguez, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Puerto Rico.

For his part, the economist José J. Villamil, who is the president of the Board of Directors of Technical Studies, Inc., former president of the CCPR and main coordinator of this Forum, said “On this occasion we wanted to expand the content of the Forum to incorporate issues that transcend the economic because we understand that the social problems of the country require particular attention. No one better than the members of Panel I: The Post-COVID-19 Puerto Rican Reality: Where Are We? to illustrate the social status of Puerto Ricans and their perspectives in a complex and uncertain context. Economic issues will, of course, be touched on in Panel II: The Outlook for 2022 and 2023: Where Are We Headed? by well-known economists who will do so within the framework of that context that at this date is very uncertain. We have invited the Chairman of Oriental Financial Group as a speaker at noon because we understand that his remarks on the economy have been accurate and guiding.”

The analysis of the topic The Puerto Rican Reality Post COVID-19: Where Are We? will be attended in the first panel of the morning, which will be moderated by the Lcda. Anitza M. Cox-Marrero, Director of the Division of Analysis and Social Policy, Estudios Técnicos, Inc., with the participation of Mr. Eduardo Carrera Morales, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico; Dr. José Caraballo Cueto, economist and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Business Administration of the University of Puerto Rico; Dr. Nelson I. Colón, President of the Community Foundation of Puerto Rico and Mr. Francisco J. Rodríguez-Castro, President & CEO of Birling Capital LLC. Then there will be a plenary to analyze the topic The Fiscal Reality of Puerto Rico: What Does the Debt Agreement Mean? with the presentation of the Lcdo. Luis Sánchez-Betances, CEO & Shareholder of Sánchez-Betances, Sifre & Muñoz Noya, CSP and former secretary of the Department of Justice of Puerto Rico, and the reactions of Mr. José Rafael Rivera, CEO of Consultec and Economist, and Mr. José L. Rivera Rivera, president of the Association of Economists of Puerto Rico.

The morning will conclude with a panel moderated by economist José J. Villamil to discuss the topic The Outlook for 2022 and 2023: Where Are We Headed? with the participation of Dr. Juan Lara, partner and chief economist of Advantage Business Consulting; Mr. Leslie Adames, Director, Division of Economic Analysis and Policy, Technical Studies, Inc.; Dr. Eileen Segarra Alméstica, professor in the Department of Economics, researcher at the Center for Multidisciplinary Studies of Government and Public Affairs, and director of the Observatory of Public Education at the University of Puerto Rico; and Dr. José Toral Muñoz, economist and assistant professor at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) in Bayamón.

During lunch, the economist José J. Villamil will hold an interesting talk with the president of Oriental Bank, Mr. José Rafael Fernández, to analyze and reflect on the country we see and the one we need to build.

To register for the event, please contact Ms. Flor Martinez at (787) 721-6060 Ext. 2241 or fmartinez@camarapr.net. They can also register through the CCPR website in www.camarapr.org.

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