Virtual Conference Gathers Central American Strategic Partners

First Lady of the Republic of Costa Rica, Claudia Dobles during her presentation

The United States government is organizing the virtual conference ‘Smart Cities and Digital Transformation’ to gather with its Central American counterparts and jointly develop a roadmap to the future, in preparation for new global industry trends and technologies, the economic impact on emerging markets, current infrastructure, and national security.

2 people seated in a television studio, cameras and audio equipment and flags of the United States and Costa Rica are observed in the center
Eric Wolff, Regional Commercial Officer and Ambassador Sharon Day participated in the Virtual Conference: Smart Cities and Digital Transformation

U.S. Ambassador Sharon Day highlighted the importance of Central American countries for the United States and for the strengthening of commercial and diplomatic bonds. “Experts will give a vision of our future, but our main message is that U.S. firms and other international partners have what it takes to help Central American countries meet their strategic objectives.”

Costa Rican speakers include First Lady Claudia Dobles; Minister of Science, Technology and Telecommunications Luis Adrian Salazar; and Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) Executive President Irene Canas.

This effort is part of the America Crece (Growth in the Americas) initiative, established to foster job generation in the Americas and to reactivate economic growth by facilitating urgent infrastructure projects to strengthen existing commercial ties. The goal of the initiative is to create a transparent and competitive environment, in accordance with the best international practices.

U.S. Department of State, Treasury, Trade, and Energy; U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) participate in the initiative.