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Results achieved by the RIAC since its creation in 2009

RESULTS

More Countries are Represented in the Network and its Activities

At the Meeting of Competitiveness Authorities and Councils in 2009, 37 representatives from 23 countries of the Americas were present; today, more than 150 representatives are present from 32 countries. Countries also participate during the Americas Competitiveness Forum, the RIAC events that take place in the context of the Forum, the Working Group on Subnational Competitiveness and the Task Force on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Greater Involvement of the Member Countries and Institutions of the RIAC

a) Today, there are three more times of multilateral/academic institutions supporting the work of the RIAC than in the beginning. There are also other applications under consideration. The current supporting institutions are: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC), the Compete Caribbean Program, the Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration (SIECA), the Training Center for Government Authorities and Civil Society (CIFAL / Atlanta), the TEC of Monterrey, the World Bank (WB), and the OAS; which provides support as the Network’s Technical Secretariat. 

b) An increased number of countries have expressed interest in hosting the Americas Competitiveness Forum and therefore, to be RIAC’s Chair Pro Tempore. The past and future hosts are: 2009 - Santiago de Chile, Chile, 2010 - Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 2011 - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 2012 - Cali, Colombia, 2013 - Panama City, Panama, 2014 - Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 2015 - Guatemala, 2016 - Mexico.

c) An increased number of countries and institutions cover their participation costs for events and activities, compared to 2009. 

d) Ministers, High-Level Authorities of the Americas, recognized experts, and leading academics participate in the Americas Competitiveness Forum and in the Network’s activities. For example:President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet (2009); Secretary of Commerce of the United States, Gary Locke (2010); President of the Dominican Republic, Leonel Fernandez and Secretary of State of the United States of America, Hilary Clinton (2011); President of the Republic of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos (2012); President of the Republic of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli (2013). 

e) More than 3000 press releases have been published by all media throughout the hemisphere on the efforts and results of the RIAC. The information has been disseminated in the social media accounts of the RIAC: 

Events & Results by Year

2009:

- The RIAC was created at the Meeting of Competitiveness Authorities and Councils of the Americas on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 in the framework of the III Americas Competitiveness Forum (ACF) held in Santiago de Chile.
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-The Ministers of Economy, Finance, Industry, and Commerce met during the same day, September 29, 2009 and supported the decision to create the RIAC in the framework of III ACF.
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2010:

- The I RIAC Steering Committee Meeting took place on April 19, 2010 at the OAS headquarters in Washington, D.C. 
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- The I RIAC Annual Meeting of Competitiveness Authorities and Councils of the Americas met on Friday, November 14, 2010 under the framework of the IV ACF held in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. 
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- Publication of the document "Key Elements for a 2020 Competitiveness Agenda in the Americas" produced by former President of Costa Rica and former Managing Director of the World Economic Forum, Mr. José María Figueres. This paper was presented at the RIAC’s Annual Meeting and served as a discussion document during the IV ACF. 

- Approval of the First RIAC’s Plan of Action for 2011 and RIAC’s Operational and Organizational Structure by member countries during the RIAC Annual Meeting. 

- RIAC Meeting of Ministers of Economy, Finance, Industry and Commerce of the Americas was convened on November 16, 2011 under the framework of the IV ACF. The Ministers endorsed and welcomed RIAC’s Working Plan and RIAC’s Operational and Organizational Structure. 

- The Workshop for Caribbean Competitiveness Authorities took place in collaboration with the Compete Caribbean Program under the framework of the IV ACF.

2011:

- Completion of RIAC’s Regional Workshop on Indicators and Projects on Subnational Competitiveness, January 20, 2011 at the TEC de Monterrey University in Mexico. 

- The RIAC Steering Committee Meeting took place on May 3, 2011 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in preparation for the V ACF and RIAC meetings. 
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-The V Americas Competitiveness Forum “Committed to Education to Compete” was organized from October 5 to 7, 2011 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic with the presence of His Excellency President of the Dominican Republic, Leonel Fernandez; the Secretary of State of the United States of America, Hilary Clinton; and the OAS Secretary General, Jose Miguel Insulza.  

- The RIAC Annual Meeting of Competitiveness Authorities and Councils of the Americas was organized on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 under the framework of the V ACF held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: 

a) Approval of The Consensus of Santo Domingo and its 10 General Competitiveness Principles that guide the work of the RIAC. The Consensus of Santo Domingo and its 10 principles were developed jointly by the countries of the Americas and were approved at the 2011 RIAC Annual Meeting.
 
b) Approval of the RIAC’s Work Plan for 2012
  
- RIAC Meeting of Ministers of Economy, Finance, Industry and Commerce was convened on Friday, October 7, 2011 under the framework of the V FCA. Ministers endorsed and welcomed the Consensus of Santo Domingo and its 10 General Competitiveness Principles. 

- Meeting of High- Level Competitiveness Authorities of Central America. The activity was organized in collaboration with the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) in the context of the ACF. 

- Workshop for Caribbean Competitiveness Authorities. The activity was organized in collaboration with the Compete Caribbean Program and the IDB in the context of the ACF. 

- Signing of the cooperation agreement between the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) and the OAS General Secretariat (GS /OAS) in its capacity as RIAC’s Technical Secretariat. Since the signing of the legal instrument, the CABEI has offered technical and financial contributions to support the implementation of the Network’s plan of action. 

- Support for development of a study about the situation in the Brunca region in Costa Rica and the creation of proposals to achieve a more competitive and prosperous region. The study was conducted in coordination with the Ministry of Economy of Costa Rica and the TEC de Monterrey.

2012:

- The RIAC Steering Committee Meeting took place on May 25, 2012 in Bogota, Colombia in preparation for the VI ACF and RIAC Annual Meeting.
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-The VI Americas Competitiveness Forum “Innovation for Prosperity” was organized from October 24 to 26, 2012 in Cali, Colombia with the presence of His Excellency President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos and the OAS Secretary General, Jose Miguel Insulza. 

- The 2012 RIAC Annual Meeting of Ministers, Competitiveness Authorities and Councils of the Americas was organized on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 under the framework of the VI ACF held in Cali, Colombia. 

- Launching of the First Signs of Competitiveness in the Americas Report -2012. The report includes technical articles on the innovation landscape in the Americas and 53 experiences by countries of the Americas on the 10 General Competitiveness Principles.

- The Dialogue between Ministers of the Americas responsible for the national competitiveness agendas, was held on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 under the framework of the VI ACF. 

- RIAC Workshop on Subnational Competitiveness took place in collaboration with the Central American Competitiveness Bank (CABEI) under the framework of the VI ACF. 

- Workshop for Caribbean Competitiveness Authorities was an activity organized in collaboration with the Compete Caribbean Program and the IDB.

2013:

- Dialogue on the development of technical and technological innovation in the fields of biotechnology, nanotechnology, software, electronics, and their value chains in Uruguay. The session took place on April 2, 2013 at the OAS headquarters in Washington, D.C. 
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- Visit of Guatemala’s experts to Colombia and Chile to rewrite their commercial code on April 7 to 13, 2013.

- Dialogue on the experiences of Mexico Ventures, Global Center for Medical Innovation at Georgia Tech in the United States and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation: Business Ethics on April 19, 2013 at the OAS Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

- The RIAC Steering Committee Meeting took place on May 16, 2013 in Panama City in preparation for the VII ACF and RIAC Meetings.

- Presentation on experiences of The Logistics Center of Georgia Tech, the City of Knowledge in Panama City and the National Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation (SENACYT). 

- Visits to the construction of the new metro in Panama City and the new SENACYT Training Center in the City of Knowledge. 

- The VII Americas Competitiveness Forum “Infrastructure & Technology Shaping the Countries of Today” was organized from October 2 to 4, 2013 in Panama City, Panama with the presence of His Excellency President of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli; Honourable Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla Persad-Bissessar; and the OAS Assistant Secretary General, Albert Ramdin. 

The 2013 RIAC Annual Meeting of Ministers, Competitiveness Authorities and Councils of the Americas was organized on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 under the framework of the VII ACF held in Panamá. 

- Launching of the Second Signs of Competitiveness in the Americas Report -2013. The report includes technical articles on infrastructure & technology landscape in the Americas and more than 50 experiences by countries of the Americas on the 10 General Competitiveness Principles. 

- RIAC Conference with Experts on Subnational Competitiveness took place in collaboration with the Central American Competitiveness Bank (CABEI) under the framework of the VII ACF. 

- Workshop for Competitiveness Authorities of the Caribbean was an activity organized in collaboration with the Compete Caribbean Program and the IDB under the framework of the VII ACF.

2014:

-Publication of the Third Signs of Competitiveness in the Americas Report – 2014

-The RIAC Annual Meeting and other activities took place from October 8-10, 2014 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago in the framework of the VIII Americas Competitiveness Forum

-Trinidad and Tobago developed a summary of proceedings that were part of the VIII Americas Competitiveness Forum

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