Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta S. Jacobson will travel to Panama City, Panama on October 2 for the sixth Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas Ministerial, hosted by the Government of Panama. At the ministerial, senior government officials, policy makers, business leaders, and representatives from international organizations throughout the Americas will share best practices and seek new opportunities to promote inclusive economic growth and prosperity in the hemisphere. During her visit to Panama, Assistant Secretary Jacobson will be joined by Acting Deputy Secretary of Commerce Patrick D. Gallagher.
Pathways to Prosperity partners include 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. 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 strategic Pathways partners.
The Pathways Ministerial will be followed on October 2-4 by the VII Americas Competitiveness Forum (ACF), hosted by His Excellency Ricardo Martinelli, President of the Republic of Panama, under the theme of “Infrastructure and Technology Shaping Countries Today.” ACF provides a platform for dialogue on how to strengthen innovation and competitiveness in the Americas and to foster investment opportunities in the region.