MIAMI, April 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Fernando Lorenzo, Minister of Economy and Finance of Uruguay and Jose W. Fernandez, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, are confirmed keynote speakers at the Second Annual Trade Americas Expo: Creating an Environment for Business Opportunities in the Hemisphere, hosted by Latin Trade Group in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), June 20 – 21 at the JW Marriott Marquis in Miami. Trade Americas Expo is the premier conference for executives from small-and-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) looking to expand across their borders and to break into the dynamic and rapidly growing markets of the Americas. The two-day event is designed to provide participants both with the big picture of doing business in the region, as well as present specific mechanisms and contacts to expand into these hot markets. Latin America has emerged following years of political and financial tumult as one of the fastest growing regions in the world. It has become an increasingly desirable trading partner for countries and companies around the globe, as well as a destination for rising foreign direct investment and joint venture partnerships. With a $4.8 trillion economy, approximately 600 million citizens and a burgeoning middle class, Latin American markets represent significant opportunities for business expansion. "This year the event's focus is even more far-reaching: increasing not only U.S. – Latin America trade, but also boosting investment between countries in Latin America, through the expansion of Latin American PYMES and North American SMEs in the region," said Rosemary Winters, CEO of Latin Trade Group. In addition to the Expo, Trade Americas integrates a dynamic conference program with keynote speeches and panel presentations from the region's top government, financial and business leaders.