The Americas Business Dialogue (ABD) is one of the most important private sector initiatives in the Western Hemisphere. It represents companies and business organizations from all sectors of the economy and all countries in the Americas.
Its mission is to develop, disseminate and support the implementation of policy recommendations that contribute to a business environment that enables increased investment, innovation and productivity, generates more and better jobs, and fosters sustained economic growth towards the development of the countries across the continent.
ABD carries out a sustained high-level exchange with the governments of the region seeking to develop a collaborative relationship in the formulation and implementation of public policies. It is the private sector consultation mechanism for the Summit of the Americas.
ABD is a private sector led initiative facilitated by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
ABD participated in the Transfer Ceremony of the Chairmanship of the Summits of the Americas Process from the Government of Peru to the Government of the States United of America, host of the upcoming IX Summit of the Americas to be held in 2021. ABD working groups are actively working on developing the proposals that they will deliver to the Heads of State at the IV CEO Summit of the Americas and IX Summit of the Americas.
Since the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic first begun to be felt in the region, the Americas Business Dialogue (ABD) has sought to respond forcefully to the crisis and to 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 defend against the pandemic and experience a strong economic recovery after it subsides.
ABD presented its report “Action for Growth: Policy Recommendations and 2018-2021 Action Plan for Growth in the Americas” to the Heads of State and Government of the hemisphere in attendance at the III CEO Summit of the Americas and during the VIII Summit of the Americas held in Lima.
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 Government of the hemisphere in attendance.
The Americas Business Dialogue (ABD) was conceived after the first CEO Summit of the Americas held in Cartagena in 2012, organized jointly by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Government of Colombia, with the objective of opening a space for dialogue that fosters public-private collaboration and promotes development in the region. Since then, ABD and the respective host country have led the organization of the CEO Summits of the Americas every three years.