Clinton will travel to the Dominican Republic October 5 for the fourth Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas ministerial. The government of the Dominican Republic will host the event, involving high-level government officials, policy makers, business leaders, academics, and representatives from international organizations from the Americas who will share best practices that promote inclusive economic growth and prosperity in the hemisphere.
During her visit to the Dominican Republic, Secretary Clinton will be accompanied by Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs Jose W. Fernandez and Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson as they meet with Pathways country ministers, Dominican President Leonel Fernández, and other Dominican government officials and private sector representatives attending the ministerial. Secretary Clinton will speak to participants in the Pathways Access Initiative and the Pathways Women Entrepreneurs’ Network and participate in a high-level panel with representatives of the Organization of American States, the Inter-American Development Bank and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.
Pathways to Prosperity country partners are Western Hemisphere countries committed to democracy and open markets. Current participating countries include Belize, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, and the United States. The Inter-American Development Bank, the Organization of American States, and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean are also partners in this initiative to promote inclusive growth, prosperity, and social justice.
Under Secretary Sherman, Assistant Secretary Fernandez and Acting Assistant Secretary Jacobson will continue their stay in Santo Domingo to attend the Americas Competitiveness Forum (ACF). ACF provides a platform for dialogue on how to strengthen competitiveness and to learn about investment opportunities in the Americas. ACF 2011 will highlight five key drivers of competitiveness: innovation in services, education, renewable energy, business climate, and trade facilitation. Assistant Secretary Fernandez will co-moderate (as part of the ACF) the fourth meeting of the U.S.-Central America Renewable Energy Forum, along with President of the National Energy Commission of the Dominican Republic Enrique Ramírez.