Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas is a policy-level dialogue that links 15 Western Hemisphere governments and societies that collectively seek to empower small businesses, facilitate trade and regional competitiveness, build a modern and inclusive workforce, and encourage green, sustainable business practices.
Pathways countries include Belize, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, and the United States. Brazil and Trinidad and Tobago have observer status. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Organization of American States (OAS), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), are strategic Pathways partners.
On October 2, 2013, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson participated in the sixth Pathways Ministerial in Playa Bonita, Panama.
Pathways is a policy-level dialogue where countries share best practices and collaborate to spread the benefits of economic growth more broadly to all of our citizens. Pathways countries recognize that the promise of economic and social opportunity remains elusive for too many people in this hemisphere. Pathways seeks to close this gap by encouraging public policies and public-private partnerships aimed at empowering small farmers, small businesses, women, indigenous communities, Afro-descendants, youth, and other vulnerable groups to participate effectively in the global economy.
Through shared leadership, Pathways partner countries are committed to deepening cooperation through the following four pillars:
Pathways activities highlight best practices to expand economic opportunities and encourage their effective implementation. Countries chairing Pathways pillars organize events and activities throughout the year that advance the Ministerial Action Plan.
To influence real progress toward Pathway’s goals, the U.S. government and its partners provide technical assistance in Pathways priority areas such as small business development, financial inclusion, infrastructure financing, women entrepreneurs, greening the supply chain, improving environmental practices, and promoting internationally-recognized labor rights, particularly through the following regional projects:
The Pathways Clearinghouse mechanism, which was established in 2012, is broadening the network of Pathways stakeholders and increasing the impact of the initiative through outreach and information sharing. Partner countries worked with the Clearinghouse and external stakeholders to establish focus areas of cooperation and set up a framework for identifying shared challenges.
The Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas initiative will continue building on this year’s successes. A Challenge Competition will be launched, which, with the network of stakeholders built by the Clearinghouse, will help identify innovative solutions to shared challenges in the four areas of cooperation. By sourcing innovative, sustainable, scalable ideas emanating from Pathways stakeholders, we will increase the impact of the initiative and help generate inclusive economic growth in the region.