The Americas Business Dialogue (ABD) was created 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, the IDB and respective host country have led the organization of the CEO Summits of the Americas every three years.
Leading up to the II CEO Summit of the Americas held in Panama City in 2015, ABD successfully brought together the hemisphere’s private sector around a set of policy recommendations that were presented to the Heads of State and Government in attendance, featured in its report, “From Dialogue to Action: Policy Recommendations and Public-Private Partnership Proposals”.
ABD reached a new milestone in 2018 when it presented its second policy recommendation report titled “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, for the first time, during the VIII Summit of the Americas held in Lima, serving as the private sector consultation mechanism for the Summits of the Americas Process.
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, with an emphasis on developing and implementing public policies in pursuit of this objective.
ABD's recommendations are prepared based on the dialogue that takes place within the Working Groups and are the result of the challenges and opportunities that the private sector faces in the region.
They represent a private sector consensus on public policies that are a priority and for which it seeks to work together with the public sector to promote economic and social development in the region.
ABD has positioned itself as a public-private counterpart in multiple regional forums, round tables, seminars and workshops where it promotes its recommendations, among others, the Energy and Climate Alliance of the Americas, the Pacific Alliance and Mercosur.
ABD also collaborates and provides advice to the IDB and the governments of the region to carry out initiatives in line with its recommendations, among others, knowledge products, pilot projects, training, and advisory committees.