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Latest News of the Americas

In preparation of the II CEO Summit of the Americas and with the goal of strengthening a constructive and open public-private dialogue among business and government leaders on the priorities for the economic and social development of the region, the Americas Business Dialogue participated in the following activities:

Latin Trade Symposium 2014  (November 7 - Miami, Florida)

The Americas Business Dialogue partnered with the Latin Trade Group in the context of their annual event “Latin Trade Symposium and the Latin Trade’s Bravo Business Awards”. The event gathered some of the most influential business, social and government leaders. During the Symposium, some of the main opportunities and challenges of the region in the next decade were discussed, and the following business leaders received awards: Miguel Galuccio, CEO of YPF (CEO of the Year); Ricardo Poma, CEO of Grupo Poma (Social Responsibility CEO of the Year); and Carlos Fadigas, CEO of Braskem (Sustainability CEO of the Year), among others.

Presentation of the Plan of the Alliance for the Prosperity of the Northern Triangle  (November 14, IDB Headquarters in Washington, D.C.)

In the framework of the conference for the presentation of the Plan of the Alliance for the Prosperity of the Northern Triangle “Investing in Central America: Unlocking Opportunities for Growth” –which had the important participation of the Presidents Salvador Sanchez Ceren of El Salvador, Otto Perez Molina of Guatemala and Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras, as well as the President of the IDB, Luis Alberto Moreno, and the Vice President of the United States, Joseph Biden - the Americas Business Dialogue met with more than 30 business leaders from Central America, including Francisco de Sola, President of Grupo Sola; Roberto Kriete CEO of Avianca; and Jaime Rosenthal, Chairman of Grupo Continental, among others, and many presidents of the business associations of the region. During the meeting, the importance of the private sector for the success of the Plan was discussed and the opportunity that the Americas Business Dialogue offers to canalize the efforts towards that goal was highlighted.

38 Annual Conference of the Caribbean-Central American Action (CCAA) (November 21, - Miami, Florida)

In the context of CCAA’s annual conference, Matthew Rooney, Senior Fellow of the United States Chamber of Commerce and responsible for the coordination of the U.S. private sector involvement in the ABD, spoke on the important role of the private sector in the regional integration. In addition, the IDB, as Technical Secretariat of the Americas Business Dialogue, hosted a Business Breakfast where Lucas E. Barreiros, from the Trade and Investment Unit of the Integration and Trade Sector, presented the mechanism, its objectives, structures and the key issues that are being addressed, highlighting the important contribution in the initiative of the private sector from the Caribbean and Central America.

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES

On December 9-10 in Miami, the first version of the Report of the Americas Business Dialogue will be presented to high ranking officials of the Government of Panama, in preparation for the II CEO Summit of the Americas that will take place on April 8-10, 2015 in Panama City. The event will have the participation of some of the business leaders and more preeminent CEOs of the region, as well as important executives of the business associations that are part of the network of organizations involved in the Americas Business Dialogue.

The Americas Business Dialogue is an initiative driven by the private sector and facilitated by the Inter-American Development Bank to promote a high level public-private dialogue among the business and government leaders on the priorities, opportunities and challenges for the economic and social development of the region.

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