OPEN FOR BUSINESS? INVESTING IN NORTHERN CENTRAL AMERICA - Nearly two years after the Call to Action for Northern Central America announcement, aggregate private sector commitments under this initiative total over $4.2 billion. In its next phase, Central America Forward aims to address broader economic development, good governance, and labor rights challenges. This initiative holds tremendous promise for the region but unlocking its benefits will require a coordinated public-private effort from the United States and local actors.
In recognition of International Women’s Day and the important role women play in the region’s economy, in what ways can women empowerment foster long-term prosperity? How can developing a business-enabling environment promote anti-corruption and strengthen the rule of law? What additional steps can the public and private sectors take to boost private investment and facilitate sustainable economic development? And how can the United States act as an ideal partner in support of these efforts?
The Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center hosted a conversation on developing a healthy investment climate in northern Central America to promote inclusive economic opportunities, women’s economic empowerment, anti-corruption, and long-term prosperity.
ORIGINAL AIRDATE: 03/08/23