The Americas Business Dialogue is made up of 10 working groups that are organized into five overarching themes:

 

 

Overarching Themes



ABD objective: Promote transparency and integrity, as well as support enhanced regulatory coherence in the region to strengthen anti-corruption efforts and help spur economic growth in the region.
Some of the recommendations of the Strengthening Transparency and Integrity theme in the report “Action for Growth: Policy Recommendations and 2018-2021 Action Plan for Growth in the Americas” include:

  • Strengthen and modernize public procurement systems to ensure integrity, transparency and competition along the different stages of the procurement process, as well as throughout the entire lifecycle of the contractual relationship.
  • Develop a mechanism for private sector and inter-government coordination on regulatory cooperation projects that helps economies implement a shared set of Good Regulatory Practices (GRPs), to develop competitive economies and support participatory and transparent democracies



ABD objective: Increase regional competitiveness through digitization and strengthen the region’s financial markets while fostering transparency.
Some of the recommendations Digitizing Growth theme that are developed in the report “Action for Growth: Policy Recommendations and 2018-2021 Action Plan for Growth in the Americas” include:

  • Incorporate high quality digital trade provisions in trade negotiations and regional integration processes to support the development of a sustainable digital economy in the region, including commitments to facilitate cross-border data flows and refrain from implementing data localization requirements.
  • Secure private sector participation at regional gatherings of financial market regulators to encourage greater collaboration between financial market regulators and the private sector. The initial focus of this collaboration should be on capacity building in FinTech, cybersecurity and anti-money laundering.



ABD objective: Support trade facilitation and infrastructure efficiency, modernization, growth and integration to enable trade to become a significant opportunity for economic growth and development in the region.
Some of the recommendations of the Trading for Tomorrow theme in the report “Action for Growth: Policy Recommendations and 2018-2021 Action Plan for Growth in the Americas” include:

  • Advance strategically in the implementation of state-of-the-art and interoperable Single Windows.
  • Promote the use of the SOURCE tool on all future infrastructure projects to improve project preparation, manage risks and facilitate additional funding opportunities.



ABD objective: Propose methods for responsibly and transparently harnessing all the region’s resources to increase security, resiliency, competitiveness and long-term economic growth in the region.
Some of the recommendations of the Powering Development theme in the report “Action for Growth: Policy Recommendations and 2018-2021 Action Plan for Growth in the Americas” include:

  • Facilitate improvements in the efficiency, cost, reliability and emissions of electricity production through the physical and regulatory integration of regional markets; enabling the efficient purchase and sale of electricity; and utilizing market-friendly regulations that improve access to renewable energy and natural gas.
  • Support science-based decisions to provide answers to societal questions surrounding the production, consumption, safety and trade of food; connected to the latest agricultural technologies (e.g. GMOs) to help shape the direction of future agribusiness innovation and foster global sourcing that is not at the expense of smaller producers.



ABD objective: Promote innovation as a long-term strategy, as well as policies that support workforce development focused on the skill sets necessary for tomorrow’s job market.
Some of the recommendations from this theme in the report “Action for Growth: Policy Recommendations and 2018-2021 Action Plan for Growth in the Americas” include:

  • Improve the quality of education and training in LAC, and work to close the skills gap by enhancing their market relevance and aligning them with existing and future skills needs of employers, with a focus on STEM, entrepreneurship, foreign language and digital skills.
  • Institute and enforce intellectual property protection legislation, consistent with international standards, to create a secure and competitive environment for private sector investment in innovation.