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2012 - SIGNS OF COMPETITIVENESS IN THE AMERICAS  /  RIAC’s Technical Secretariat Message

RIAC’s Technical Secretariat Message

RIAC’s Technical Secretariat Message
One of the main missions of the OAS is to promote hemispheric dialogue on public policy at the highest level to spur cooperation and exchanges between the Member States.

We are therefore pleased to have with us the highest regional authorities on matters of competitiveness and innovation here in Cali, Colombia, in answer to a call issued by the Heads of State and Government at the VI Summit of the Americas in Cartagena de Indias. Our leaders highlighted the importance of the Americas Competitiveness Forum and the Meetings of the Inter-American Competitiveness Network (RIAC).

We believe competitiveness transcends national borders, and that despite the differing viewpoints and models in the region this subject is doubtless fundamental to all our countries. If we maintain a long-term inclusive vision aimed at promoting greater productivity, institutional and business potential, investment and innovation in our countries, we will be able to set the foundations to achieve the necessary economic growth to fight poverty, reduce inequality, and strengthen democracy in the Americas.

As the RIAC’s Technical Secretariat, I wish to express our sincere recognition for the excellent work of the Chair Pro Tempore 2012, Colombia, headed by its Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Mr. Sergio Díaz-Granados. Its leadership, coupled with the valuable contributions of the Colombian private sector and the generous and constructive efforts of all RIAC Members, is reflected in the first edition of the Signs of Competitiveness in the Americas Report, evidence of the important results that can be achieved through supportive cooperation between our countries, regardless of their level of development.

You can count on our determined commitment as Technical Secretariat to continue to support the work of the regional public good that is the RIAC. Also, I invite you to continue to work together to take advantage of our complementarities, build greater synergies, and turn current favorable conditions in the region into a platform to achieve a better quality of life for the entire population of the Americas.

José Miguel Insulza
Secretary General
Organization of American States (OAS)