The Canning Agenda 10 Years On Conference

  • Online
  • 14:00-17:45

Ten years after the UK Government launched its Canning Agenda, announcing its intention to re-engage with Latin America, our Canning Agenda 10 Years On conference seeks to review progress and establish how successful it has been, and identify what needs to be done to accelerate the progress of a revitalised relationship between Latin America and the UK.

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, this event seeks to review progress and establish how successful the agenda has been to date, and identify what needs to be done to accelerate the progress of a revitalised relationship between Latin America and the UK.

In April, Canning House published its Canning Agenda 10 Years On report, providing an in-depth look at the progress and future of the Canning Agenda, across business and trade, tourism and collaboration, and our regions' changing relationship post-Brexit. This conference builds upon that report with invaluable insights from leading figures and experts on UK-Latin American relations.

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Introduction - 14:00-14:05

Lord Mountevans

Honorary President, Canning House

Keynote speeches - 14:05-14:30

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 - 14:30-15:45

Reviewing the agenda

  • What progress has been made to date?
  • What have been the main challenges?
  • How does the UK's progress compare with other nations'?
  • What is the view from Latin America?
  • Is the agenda still relevant?


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

Thomas Mills

Lecturer in Diplomatic and International History, Lancaster University

Joanna Crellin CMG

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

Session 2 - 16:15-17:30

The future of the Canning Agenda

  • How will Brexit and Covid-19 affect the Canning Agenda's future?
  • Does it need to be reframed?
  • Where should the government and business community focus their efforts?
  • Will the FCO-DFID merger change the UK's approach?
  • What can be done to further encourage sustainable development?

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 Garcia

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 - 17:30-17:45

Ranil Jayawardena MP

Minister for International Trade


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