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U.S. Secretary Commerce Gutierrez to Host First Americas Competitiveness Forum in June 2007

New York, Mar 09, 2007

On June 11–12, 2007, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Carlos M. Gutierrez will host the inaugural Americas Competitiveness Forum (ACF) in Atlanta, GA. The forum will provide a venue for government ministers from the Western Hemisphere to come together with leaders from the private sector, academia and non-governmental organizations to explore cutting-edge ideas and best practices in several key areas of competitiveness.

The forum is designed to serve as a launching pad for continued, practical dialogue on competitiveness in the Western Hemisphere. Roundtable discussions will showcase creative and effective programs from the region that relate to four main tracks: sparking and sustaining innovation; designing successful supply chain strategies; fostering small business development and growth; and creating solutions in education and workforce development. By highlighting practical examples, the ACF intends to provide information for decision makers to take steps to strengthen competitiveness in each country and in the region in general.

“The Americas Competitiveness Forum is an excellent opportunity to work on policies and strategies that attract investment and promote free enterprise throughout the region,” explained Secretary Gutierrez in a 2006 press release announcing the forum.

In addition to Secretary Gutierrez, speakers at the event will include:

  • Ana Vilmade Escobar, Vice President, El Salvador
  • Margaret Spellings, U.S. Secretary of Education
  • Hernando de Soto, president, Instituto Libertad y Democracia
  • Vinton G. Cerf, vice president and chief internet evangelist, Google
The forum follows a recommendation from President Bush that a high-level meeting be convened to focus on improving competitiveness in the region.

Interested stakeholders from government, the private sector, academia and non-governmental organizations are invited to attend. Early registration discounts are available through May 1, 2007. For program details and a draft agenda, please visit the International Trade Administration (ITA) website.

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