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The Americas Business Dialogue

Presents its Preliminary Report to the Summit Implementation Review Group

Members of the Dialogue presented their recommendations and public-private partnership proposals to support the economic and social development of the region.

Panama City – The Americas Business Dialogue (ABD) presented its Preliminary Report to the Summit Implementation Review Group (SIRG) in the context of the preparation of the VII Summit of the Americas “Prosperity with Equity: The Challenge of Cooperation in the Americas” that will take place on April 10-11 in Panama.

The report includes a number of recommendations and public-private partnerships proposals developed by the private sector of the region and addressed to the Heads of State and Government that will attend the Summit of the Americas. ABD’s proposals are focused on i) improving infrastructure and strengthening trade, ii) facilitating financial resources to spur growth and development, iii) developing human capital and stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship, and iv) maximizing the region’s potential on energy and natural resources.

The SIRG is the body responsible for reporting to the Ministries of Foreign Affairs on the Summit’s preparations and the progress achieved in the fulfillment of its mandates. Its meeting was chaired by the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Panama, Luis Miguel Hincapié, and involved the participation of government officials from more than 30 countries of the region as well as representatives from the inter-American and international institutions which provide technical support to the Summit Process through the Joint Summit Working Group (JSWG). Representatives of private sector associations and companies of the region presented the Preliminary Report of the Americas Business Dialogue, and highlighted ABD‘s commitment to a strong public-private collaboration and the private sector willingness to share its expertise, experience and resources in each of the areas enumerated in the Report in order to continue building a prosperous and equitable region.

Vice Minister Hincapié thanked the Americas Business Dialogue representatives for the presentation of the Preliminary Report in preparation for the coming Summit of the Americas and reaffirmed the importance of public-private sector collaboration for the development of the region.

This initiative involves an extensive network of business leaders and major business associations the region. Some of the region’s business associations which are already participating in the Dialogue include: Unión Industrial Argentina (UIA), Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA), Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI), Cámara de Industria, Comercio, Servicios y Turismo de Santa Cruz - Bolivia (CAINCO), Confederación de Empresarios Privados de Bolivia (CEPB), Confederação Nacional da Indústria de Brasil (CNI), Canadian Council for the Americas (CCA), Asociación Nacional de Empresarios de Colombia (ANDI), Unión Costarricense de Cámaras y Asociaciones de la Empresa Privada (UCCAEP), Cámara de Industrias y Producción (CIP, Ecuador), Cámara de Comercio e Industria de El Salvador (CAMARASAL), Comité Coordinador de Asociaciones Agrícolas, Comerciales, Industriales y Financieras (CACIF) from Guatemala, Consejo Hondureño de la Empresa Privada (COHEP), Federación de Cámaras de Comercio e Industria de Honduras (FEDECAMARAS), Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ), Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC), Consejo Coordinador Empresarial (CCE, México), Cámara de Comercio, Industrias y Agricultura de Panamá (CCIAP), Confederación Nacional de Instituciones Empresariales Privadas de Perú (CONFIEP), Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA), Council of the Americas, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (USCC).

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