About the Americas Business Dialogue (ABD)

The Americas Business Dialogue (ABD) is an initiative led by the private sector and facilitated by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) that fosters a high-level exchange between governments and the private sector of the Americas on policies that promote development and sustainable and inclusive economic growth.


ABD represents more than 400 companies and business organizations from various sectors of the economy with operations in all countries of the Americas.

  • ABD’s mission is to contribute to a business environment that allows greater investment, fosters innovation and productivity, generates more and better jobs, and creates sustainable and inclusive economic growth for the countries of the Western Hemisphere.

  • To that end, ABD develops and disseminates policy recommendations and supports the governments of the region in their implementation.

  • As a central part of its mission, ABD acts as the private sector consultation mechanism for the Summit of the Americas.
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ABD emerged as a result of the First CEO Summit of the Americas, held in 2012 in Cartagena, Colombia. In 2014, ABD was formally established.


Participation in the process of the IX Summit of the Americas

IV CEO Summit of the Americas   Los Angeles June 7-9.

During the IV CEO Summit of the Americas, leaders from the Americas Business Dialogue (ABD) participated in a panel that highlighted the power of public-private partnerships and introduced  the Policy Recommendations developed by ABD for the IX Summit of the Americas.

To watch the recording, click here.

In addition, on June 7, the Forum on Trade and Investment was held on the sidelines of the IX Summit of the Americas. The event brought together more than 20 countries in the region and more than 100 companies’ members of the Americas Business Dialogue (ABD) to exchange experiences and identify collaboration opportunities to promote trade and investment in Latin America and the Caribbean sustainable way. In parallel, more than 85 public-private meetings were held.

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Since the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic first began to be felt in the region, the Americas Business Dialogue (ABD) sought to respond forcefully to the crisis and support governments in facing the challenges that it has brought about. On April 27, 2020, ABD published a set of policy recommendations on addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigating its impacts, which it also submitted to all governments in the region. The recommendations are designed to help the countries fight against the pandemic and experience a strong economic recovery after it subsides.

III CEO Summit of the Americas, Lima – Peru ABD presented its reports “Action for Growth: Policy Recommendations” and “2018-2021 Action Plan for Growth in the Americas” to the Heads of State and Governments of the hemisphere in attendance at the III CEO Summit of the Americas held in Lima.

II CEO Summit of the Americas At the II CEO Summit of the Americas, held in Panama City in 2015, ABD presented its report “From Dialogue to Action: Policy Recommendations and Public-Private Partnership Proposals” to the Heads of State and Governments of the hemisphere in attendance.

I CEO Summit of the Americas The Americas Business Dialogue (ABD) was conceived after the first CEO Summit of the Americas held in Cartagena in 2012. The event was jointly organized by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Government of Colombia, with the objective of implementing a dialogue that fosters public-private collaboration and promotes development in the region.
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