Americas Competitiveness Forum VII

October 2-4, 2013
Panama City, Panama


This year, over six hundred delegates from across the Western Hemisphere participated in the Americas Competitiveness Forum (ACF) VII. This year’s forum was hosted by H.E. Ricardo Martinelli, President of the Republic of Panama, under the theme of “Infrastructure and Technology Shaping Countries Today”. It took place at the Hotel Westin Playa Bonita, Panama City, Panama from October 2 to 4, 2013.

The ACF featured many important themes this year. Following the opening reception on Thursday, October 3, delegates participated in Plenary Sessions focusing on the region’s infrastructure and macroeconomic challenges. The afternoon session, moderated by CNN en Español’s Glenda Umaña, prompted discussion on education.

During the cocktail reception at the Chancellery of the Republic of Panama on October 3, CIFAL Atlanta presented the Americas Awards to eight governmental leaders who have successfully implemented best practices towards the promotion of socio-economic development and the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. For more information about the Americas Awards please click here or visit the Americas Awards webpage.

The ACF continued on Friday, October 4, with fruitful panels on regional expansion in Latin America, the sustainable development of cities and the role of innovation for better development. The day concluded with the transition of powers to Trinidad and Tobago, who will lead the Inter-american Competitiveness Network for the coming year.

To view this year’s agenda please click here.

Americas Competitiveness Forum

The ACF is the Western Hemisphere’s preeminent event for government and business leaders to discuss innovative methods to achieve economic competitiveness and promote innovation in the Americas.

The ACF distinguishes itself from other international gatherings by promoting novel approaches to economic competitiveness and enabling private and public sector representatives to take advantage of creative opportunities to explore new business models and expand their businesses.

ACF brings together more than 1,000 leaders from the 34 nations in the Americas, including Heads of State, cabinet members, business executives, trade delegates, academics and representatives from the region’s public and private competitiveness councils, non-governmental and international organizations. The ACF provides a platform for dialogue on ways to enhance the region’s ability to compete more successfully in the current economic context.

Click here to visit the ACF website for more information.