PUERTO RICO:
PATHWAY TO THE FUTURE

Opportunities of an Economic Transformation

Thursday, February 15, 2018PlayStation Theater, New York City

Puerto Rico is
open for business

This is a transformative moment for Puerto Rico as a US jurisdiction. As the Governor, Ricardo Rosselló, and his administration seek to reconstruct the island’s economy and infrastructure post Hurricane Maria, they have committed to develop processes to manage incoming funding efficiently, and implemented innovative initiatives and aggressive local tax benefits to attract inbound investment. Rather than languishing in the past, collaborations between local and federal governments and the private sector will be critical to creating a new, stronger and better Puerto Rico.

Here’s your chance to learn more and be part of this economic transformation.

Speakers

  • Ricardo Rosselló Nevares

    Ricardo Rosselló Nevares

    Governor of Puerto Rico

  • Manuel Laboy

    Manuel Laboy

    Secretary, Department of Economic Development & Commerce

  • Gerardo Portela

    Gerardo Portela

    Executive Director, Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority

  • Omar Marrero

    Omar Marrero

    Executive Director, Public-Private Partnerships Authority

…and other visionary business leaders who have made Puerto Rico home to their global-reaching companies.

  • J. Robert “Bo” Collins Jr.

    J. Robert “Bo” Collins Jr.

    CEO, Renovatio PR

  • Kathryn S. Wylde

    Kathryn S. Wylde

    President and CEO, Partnership for New York City

  • Cyril Meduña

    Cyril Meduña

    Managing Partner, Advent Morro

  • Ricardo Álvarez‐Díaz

    Ricardo Álvarez‐Díaz

    Founder and Principal, Álvarez-Díaz & Villalón, and Member of the Board of Directors, Invest Puerto Rico

  • Sebastián Vidal

    Sebastián Vidal

    Executive Director, P18 Ventures Fund

  • Patrick Moynihan

    Patrick Moynihan

    CEO, Blockchain Industries

  • Riz Shah

    Riz Shah

    Principal, Lead for US Public Sector Capital Projects & Infrastructure practice, PwC

Hundreds of companies and more than 1,200 individuals have relocated to Puerto Rico to maximize their investments.
Learn why you should too.

0% tax on dividends and capital gains for individuals

4% corporate tax for businesses exporting services from Puerto Rico

Private equity funds: 100% tax exemption on capital gains; 10% tax rate on dividends and interests

Diverse business ecosystem, highly focused on innovation and technology

Products and services made in Puerto Rico are MADE IN USA

A US-based legal framework

Highly educated workforce with vast knowledge in US and global regulations

Resources

Conference Agenda

Thursday, February 15, 2018
PlayStation Theater, New York

  • 8:00

    Registration and networking

  • 8:20

    FT Chair opening remarks

    Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson, US Business Editor, Financial Times

  • 8:30

    Keynote interview: The road ahead – maximizing Puerto Rico’s potential

    Ricardo Rosselló, Governor, Puerto Rico
    Interviewed by: Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson, US Business Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:00

    Presentation: Paradise Performs – Be part of our Economic Transformation

    Manuel Laboy, Secretary, Department of Economic Development & Commerce

  • 9:20

    Presentation: Safeguarding Puerto Rico’s future fiscal stability and economy

    Gerardo Portela, Executive Director, Puerto Rico Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority

  • 9:30

    Rebuilding Puerto Rico – what next?

    15 min. CRRO Update: Implementing a strategic plan for the US territory’s reconstruction

    Omar J. Marrero, Executive Director, Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnerships Authority (P3A)


    Panel Discussion: The Puerto Rico government is planning to implement processes and engage with the US administration and external experts to ensure incoming funds are used to resolve infrastructure and finance challenges. What steps are being taken to ensure that funding is handled efficiently and transparently? What are the most urgent priorities? How will progress be monitored? What is the role that Washington must play? Is belt-tightening still possible in such a difficult environment? What are the learnings from the past as the US jurisdiction seeks a fresh new start?

    • Omar J. Marrero, Executive Director, Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnerships Authority (P3A)

    • Riz Shah, Principal, Lead for US Public Sector Capital Projects & Infrastructure practice, PwC

    • Kathryn S. Wylde, President and CEO, Partnership for New York City

    Moderated by: Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson, US Business Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:30

    Coffee break

  • 11:00

    Panel discussion: Private capital formation, investment and venture building

    Puerto Rico’s administration has recently updated incentive laws to make it easier for potential investors to take advantage of local tax benefits. How do investors and businesses stand to benefit from these initiatives? What are the challenges, opportunities and factors that investors and businesses should be taking into consideration?

    • Manuel Laboy, Secretary, Department of Economic Development & Commerce

    • Cyril Meduña, Managing Partner, Advent Morro

    • J. Robert “Bo” Collins Jr., CEO, Renovatio PR

    • Patrick Moynihan, CEO, Blockchain Industries

    • Sebastián Vidal, Executive Director, P18 Ventures Fund

    Moderated by: John Authers, Senior Investment Commentator, Financial Times

  • 12:00

    Invest Puerto Rico: Private Sector Leadership

    Ricardo Álvarez-Díaz, Founder and Principal, Álvarez-Díaz & Villalón, and Member of the Board of Directors, Invest Puerto Rico

  • 12:20

    Co-Chair’s closing remarks

    John Authers, Senior Investment Commentator, Financial Times

  • 12:30

    Forum concludes

About

PUERTO RICO: PATHWAY TO THE FUTURE is a showcase into the Island’s plans and new opportunities available to investors as the it rebuilds its infrastructure and economy stronger and better than ever.

A bold fiscal and reform strategy has the scope to reshape prospects for this US jurisdiction. As it seeks to move past a challenging economic scenario, various companies, ranging from multinationals to SMEs, innovative start-ups and high-net worth investors, continue to call Puerto Rico home. Others, including Tesla and Google, are investing in the island’s recovery – from innovation to renewable energy – helping to revitalize its future.

The Department of Economic Development & Commerce has partnered with the Financial Times to host a special strategic forum to discuss the opportunities for investment in Puerto Rico, as it seeks to rebuild and transform. Moderated by leading FT journalists, this event will gather investors, business leaders and senior policy makers to explore the developments that will have a positive impact on the US jurisdiction’s economy, and the key initiatives and benefits for resident investors and firms seeking to relocate their operations.

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