The Americas Business Dialogue (ABD) was conceived after the first CEO Summit of the Americas held in Cartagena 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.
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.
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.
ABD provides its members with the opportunity to participate in a high-level public-private dialogue with the governments of the Americas on the priorities, challenges, and opportunities for economic and social development in the region.
ABD's recommendations are prepared within its Working Groups and seek to respond to the challenges and opportunities for the private sector contribute to economic growth and job creation.
They represent a consensus of the private sector in the Americas on public policies considered a priority to work jointly with the public sector to promote economic growth and development in the region.
ABD has positioned itself as a private counterpart in multiple regional forums, roundtables, seminars and workshops where it promotes its recommendations.
ABD collaborates with the governments of the region to carry out initiatives in line with its recommendation through, for example, knowledge products, pilot projects, training, and advisory committees.