The XVIII Annual Meeting of the IDB Group will be held in the city of Asuncion, Paraguay, on April 8-9. Asuncion is the capital city of the Republic of Paraguay. It is an autonomous municipality located in the center-west part of the country’s eastern region. Its 524,190 inhabitants (2017 census data) make it the most populated city in the country. Founded in 1537, it is also one of the oldest cities in South America.
Hotel – Venue
The XVIII Annual Meeting of the IDB Group will be held at the Bourbon Convention Hotel.
Asuncion International Airport
Silvio Pettirossi International Airport is a short 3-minute ride from the Hotel.
Admission and Participation Fees
Asuncion is one of the warmest capitals due to its geographic location and the predominance of warm temperatures during most of the year. Spring and fall are transitional, unstable seasons, with big temperature differences that range from cool to hot and even some severe thunderstorms. In April, the average temperature is about 68-77º F / 20-25º C.
Language and Interpretation Services
Spanish is the most common language in Asuncion. A large percentage of the population also speaks Guarani.
The event will offer interpretation from English to Spanish and vice versa during all sessions, except the knowledge fair and the cocktail party.
Guarani (pl. guaranies) is the official currency of Paraguay. For exchange rates, visit https://www.bcp.gov.py/.
The XVIII Meeting of IDB-Civil Society is a green event. Most of the information will be shared via dedicated screens. We encourage all participants to print as little material as possible. During registration, participants will receive an information kit.
The official time in Paraguay is GMT-4. To check the exact local time, visit https://24timezones.com/world_directory/time_in_asuncion.php
Participants are solely responsible for their personal belongings, equipment and devices.
We recommend taking all necessary precautions to protect them and ensure your personal safety. For example, keep documents and valuables in the safe box of your hotel room, avoid leaving cameras and other such items in plain sight, and only use transportation that is properly identified or recommended.
Travel and Health Insurance
Participants are responsible for obtaining medical and/or travel insurance covering theft or personal accidents.
We strongly suggest getting travel insurance.
The IDB is not responsible for medical or travel insurance covering theft or accidents before, during or after the event.
Transportation to/from the airport and to activities not included in the event is the responsibility of each participant.
We recommend using taxis from the official companies operating at the airport or hotel services.
We recommend wearing business casual attire during the event. Remember that temperature inside conference rooms may vary.
Depending on their citizenship, attendees may require a visa to enter the country. However, most Latin American countries have visa waiver agreements. For a list of passports requiring a visa, visit https://embassy-finder.com/paraguay_visa.
Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call +595 21 414 8771 for any questions regarding visa requirements for Paraguay. For further information, visit http://www2.mre.gov.py/index.php/tramites/visas/consultas-sobre-visas-de-entrada-al-paraguay.
Obtaining a visa may take longer than expected, so we strongly suggest filing your visa application as soon as possible. The IDB is not responsible for and does not cover visa-related expenses.
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travelers from yellow fever-affected countries. For further information, visit http://vacunas.org/paraguay/.
Photo & Video Disclaimer
There will be photography and recording at the event. By entering its premises, you consent to future use by the IDB Group and waive all rights you may have in connection with their use.
7:30 am - 12:00 pm
9:15 am - 9:45 am
Maria Florencia Attademo-Hirt, IDB Representative in Paraguay
Humberto Colmán, Vice Minister of Economy and IDB Alternate Governor for Paraguay
9:45 am - 10:30 am
10:30 am - 10:45 am
10:45 am - 11:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Carmen Pagés-Serra, Labor Markets and Social Security Division Chief, IDB
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
12:15 am - 1:45 pm
1:45 pm - 2:00 pm
2:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Patricia Jara, Social Protection and Health Division Lead Specialist, IDB
02:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Alexandre Meira da Rosa, Vice President for Countries, IDB
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Yves Lesenfants, Sr. Specialist, IDB Lab
02:45 pm - 5:30 pm
05:00 pm - 7:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:45 am
8:45 am - 10:45 am
General Coordination: Patricio Nelson, Ingouville, Nelson & Asoc.
10:45 am - 11:00 am
11:00 am – 1:15 pm
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Federico Basañes, Knowledge, Innovation and Communications Sector Manager, IDB
2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
María Delina Otazú Salazar, Civil Society Liaison, Bolivia Country Office, IDB
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm
4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
5:15 pm - 5:45 pm
Flavia Milano, Operations/Civil Society Sr. Specialist, Vice Presidency for Countries, IDB
5:45 pm - 7:30 pm
María Florencia Attademo-Hirt
Representative in Paraguay
Humberto Colmán Castillo
Vice Minister of Economy and IDB Alternate Governor for Paraguay
Social Sector Manager
Cofounder & CEO
Marta del Castillo
Labor Markets and Social Security Division Chief
Vice President, International
Social Protection and Health Division Lead Specialist
Alexandre Meira da Rosa
Vice President for Countries,
Nelson & Asoc.
Knowledge, Innovation and Communications Sector Manager
Labor Markets and Social Security Lead Specialist
María Delina Otazú Salazar
Civil Society Liaison, Bolivia Country Office
Juan Pablo Salazar
Arcángeles Foundation and Social Sector Consultant
Education and Employment Manager
Cofounder & Operations Director
Ana María Martínez
Partner & CMO
Operations/Civil Society Sr. Specialist
Vice Presidency for Countries, IDB