As the 2013 Chair Pro Tempore of the Inter-American Competitiveness Network (RIAC), I would like to recognize the tremendous work carried out by the 34 countries and 10 support institutions which participate in the Network. The technical inputs and more than sixty experiences presented in this Second “Signs of Competitiveness in the Americas” Report are a testament of the level of commitment and efforts that each RIAC member has undertaken to strengthen our region’s productivity.
All our countries have made great strides to implement programs and projects under the framework of the 10 General Competitiveness Principles of the Consensus of Santo Domingo in order to develop the necessary competitive advantages to confront the challenges we face as a region.
During 2013, and with the support of the OAS as RIAC Technical Secretariat, we have facilitated the exchange of best practices and cooperation between countries, expanded knowledge and exchanged lessons learned, consolidated spaces for specialized collaboration- such as the Group of Experts on Subnational Competitiveness, national forums, technical missions, dialogue sessions, as well as through the use of channels and tools in electronic media, including the electronic version of the Signs of Competitiveness Report –www.riacreport.org-, virtual information meetings and the renovated RIAC web portal –www.riacnet.org-, among other things.
Competitiveness is a country’s capacity to reach high levels of sustained GDP growth per capita, which translates into greater prosperity for its population. We believe that RIAC encourages member states to share best practices and serve as models for others, making progress working together. We encourage all of you to continue strengthening this platform of collaboration and collective learning as a regional public good.
With great satisfaction, there is nothing left for me to do but to thank you for the opportunity to serve as the Chair, finding the synergies which are the key to building a more innovative and competitive region. We are certain that Trinidad and Tobago will provide us with excellent leadership next year and we are committed to continue our collaboration in this important initiative.
Secretariat for Economic Affairs and Competitiveness
Ministry of the Presidency of the Republic of Panama
RIAC Chair Pro Tempore - 2013