The permanent secretary of CEIB and CEOE of International CEOE, Narciso Casado, will participate tomorrow 26th at the XII Forum of the Private Sector of the Americas in Medellin, under the theme "Innovation from the private sector: driving development in the Americas." The conclusions of the Forum will be presented at the 49th Assembly of the OAS, as a substantive contribution of the private sector to the dialogue among the OAS Member States. Casado will participate in business events held in the framework of the Assembly from July 26 to 28 in Colombia.

The objective of the Forum is to provide a space to reflect and interact on business opportunities and challenges facing the Latin American region and is part of the Forty-Ninth Regular Session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States.

This edition of the Private Sector Forum will bring together representatives of business organizations and leading business leaders in the region. In addition, it will have as main topics of debate: the opportunities and challenges for the Americas before the IV Industrial Revolution; the future of integration in the Americas; innovation from the private sector, as a development tool; and smart energy in the Americas. The forum has been organized by the General Secretariat of the OAS together with the Government of the Republic of Colombia and the support of the business organizations of Ibero-America and Spain.

The general director of CEOE International and permanent secretary of CEIB, Narciso Casado, will speak on the panel: "The future of the integration of the Americas", which will address the opportunities for collaboration and public-private solutions to address the challenges of technological changes that disrupt integration, trade and production. Likewise, the role of business organizations in the integration processes of the Americas will be discussed, as well as what can be achieved with public-private partnerships and the importance of the links between the European and American regions.

The Forum will be opened by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, Carlos Holmes Trujillo; the Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro; the president of the Private Sector of the Americas, Eduardo Eurnekián; the mayor of Medellín, Federico Gutiérrez, and the governor of Antioquia, Luis Emilio Pérez. The day will be closed by the President of the Republic of Colombia, Iván Duque, and the Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro.

Bilateral meetings

Casado will participate in the 49th OAS General Assembly and will meet in Medellin with official authorities and business organizations of the country, to report the conclusions reached at the XXX Meeting of Presidents of Iberoamerican Business Organizations CEIB-OIE, which celebrated last week in Geneva.

Also, the CEOE of CEOE International will present the activities developed by CEIB in the last year, both in Spain and in other countries of the Region, and will report on the preparatory work for the XIII Ibero-American Business Meeting, in which the Council is working from for months together with the General Secretariat Iberoamericana-SEGIB, as the Forum of Mipymes on 2 and 3 July in Buenos Aires or the Open Innovation Forum, to be held in autumn in Madrid. The next Summit will take place in November 2020 in Andorra and will have as its theme "innovation for sustainable development".

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