The United States’ comprehensive Strategy for Addressing the Root Causes of Migration in Central America involves significant commitments of U.S. resources to support the region’s long-term development. We work to foster inclusive economic opportunity, strengthen governance, combat corruption, and improve security.

Supporting the long-term development of Central America requires far more than governmental resources. For this reason, in May 2021 Vice President Harris called on the private sector to draw on its unique resources and expertise to make commitments to support inclusive economic growth in Northern Central America through the Call to Action.  To build on the momentum generated under this successful initiative, Vice President Harris and the Partnership for Central America launched the next chapter in February 2023 by announcing “Central America Forward.” Consistent with the broader goals of the U.S. Strategy to Address the Root Causes of Migration, the Central America Forward framework goes beyond addressing the economic drivers of migration. It incorporates a focus on good governance and labor rights into this public-private partnership, essential priorities under the Root Causes Strategy to ensure the success of our private sector partners.

Companies and organizations within Central America Forward have committed more than $4.2 billion in investment in the region as of February 2023. Together, we can work to overcome obstacles to investment, promote economic opportunity, and foster an environment where rule of law and decent work opportunities flourish.

Progress on Central America Forward

Central America Forward supports inclusive economic growth while also emphasizing the importance of good governance, good jobs, reducing violence, and empowering women. Central America Forward reaffirms the broader goals of the U.S. Strategy to Address the Root Causes of Migration, which was launched by the Biden-Harris Administration in July 2021. 

Vice President Kamala Harris, right, smiles as women speak to her about their businesses during a meeting with Guatemalan women entrepreneurs and innovators at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Monday, June 7, 2021, in Guatemala City. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The Partnership for Central America is a non-profit organization developed in support of Central America Forward. The Partnership for Central America aims to coordinate practical solutions to advance economic opportunity; address urgent climate, education, and health challenges; and promote long-term investments and workforce capability in support a vision of hope for Central America.  The U.S. government and the Partnership for Central America welcome additional commitments to Central America Forward to promote economic opportunity in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras.  Interested partners can reach out to the Partnership for Central America at support@centampartnership.org.

U.S. Department of State

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