The Canning Agenda

10 Years On Conference

In 2010 the British government launched the Canning Agenda, announcing its intention to re-engage with Latin America.

Ten years on, on 10 November, this event presented a review of progress, establishing how successful the agenda has been to date, and identified what needs to be done to accelerate the progress of a revitalised relationship between Latin America and the UK.

With support from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

Read the event summary here

Speakers & panels


Lord Mountevans

Honorary President, Canning House


Keynote speeches

Lord Hague of Richmond

Former British Foreign Secretary and Conservative Party Leader (via video)

Mark Menzies MP

The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Argentina, Colombia, Chile and Peru, and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Latin America


Session 1

Reviewing the Agenda

Chair: Victor Bulmer-Thomas CMG OBE

Academic, Canning House Honorary Vice-President

Rebeca Grynspan

Secretary-General, Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB)

Jeremy Browne

Former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Canning House Honorary Vice-President

Joanna Crellin CMG

Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Latin America and the Caribbean, Canning House Trustee

Thomas Mills

Lecturer in Diplomatic and International History, Lancaster University


Session 2

The future of the Canning Agenda

Chair: Michael Stott

Latin America editor, Financial Times

Baroness Hooper CMG

PM’s Trade Envoy to Panama, the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica; Honorary Vice-President, Canning House; Honorary President of the APPG for Latin America

Enrique García

Economist, Honorary Vice-President Canning House, Former CEO of CAF-Development Bank of Latin America

HE Ambassador Corin Robertson

British Ambassador to Mexico

Julie T Katzman

Former Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, Inter-American Development Bank

Maria Atkinson

Government Affairs Manager, De La Rue


Closing Address

Ranil Jayawardena MP

Minister for International Trade

Words from GRULA

HE Ambassador Iván Romero Martínez

Dean of GRULA and Ambassador of Honduras to the UK

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