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18 May 2016


MILE graduate to speak on economic integration in Central America

Former MILE student Javier A. Gutiérrez will return to the WTI on 27 May to give a Brown Bag seminar on the challenges and opportunities for Central America as it heads in the direction of economic integration.

The talk will focus on the recent efforts towards the creation of a Central American customs union and the decision by the republics of Guatemala and Honduras to expedite the creation of a customs union between their territories.

As Executive Director at the Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration (SIECA), Javier Gutiérrez will share the body’s experience of providing technical assistance to Central American countries in the negotiation and implementation stages of the process.

The MILE alumnus has extensive experience in public administration and negotiation of trade agreements. Originally from El Salvador, he previously served as a preferential trade agreement negotiator for the country’s Ministry of Economy. He has also worked in multilateral organisations such as the International Labour Organization and the World Trade Organization where he served in the information external relations division during the 9th Ministerial Conference in Bali. 

Javier Gutiérrez took a BA in Economics from El Salvador's ESEN before coming to the WTI in 2011 to study for a Master’s Degree in International Law and Economics.

At SIECA, he was a counsellor to the Secretary General before his appointment as Executive Director in October 2015.

For more information on the seminar, see the linked document.