Pathways to prosperity in the Americas is a policy-level dialogue that links 16 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. Through this initiative, countries share best practices and collaborate to spread the benefits of economic growth more broadly to all of our citizens.
Pathways was launched in New York in September 2008. Since then, annual ministerial meetings have been held in Panama, El Salvador, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and Colombia.
Through shared leadership, Pathways partner countries are committed to deepening cooperation on the following four pillars:
Pathways was launched by the leaders of twelve Western Hemisphere countries and a total of sixteen countries participate, including Belize, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, and the United States. Brazil has observer status. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Organization of American States (OAS), and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) are strategic Pathways partners. Two member countries co-chair each Pathways pillar and organize activities throughout the year that advance the Ministerial Action Plan.
To make progress toward Pathway’s goals, U.S. government agencies provide technical assistance in priority areas such as small business development, financial inclusion, infrastructure financing, women’s entrepreneurship, greening the supply chain, improving environmental practices, and promoting internationally-recognized labor rights. Pathways achievements include:
Since 2012, the Clearinghouse mechanism has served to broaden the network of Pathways stakeholders, and has expanded their engagement through outreach and information-sharing about the initiative. The Pathways Challenge Competition, implemented by the World Environment Center, will increase the impact of the initiative by seeking out innovative, sustainable and scalable ideas for generating inclusive economic growth under each of the four pillars.