Nearly two years after the Call to Action for Northern Central America announcement, aggregate private sector commitments under this initiative total over $4.2 billion. In its next phase, Central America Forward aims to address broader economic development, good governance, and labor rights challenges. This initiative holds tremendous promise for the region but unlocking its benefits will require a coordinated public-private effort from the United States and local actors.

In recognition of International Women’s Day and the important role women play in the region’s economy, in what ways can women empowerment foster long-term prosperity? How can developing a business-enabling environment promote anti-corruption and strengthen the rule of law? What additional steps can the public and private sectors take to boost private investment and facilitate sustainable economic development? And how can the United States act as an ideal partner in support of these efforts?

Join the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center on Wednesday, March 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for an in-person conversation on developing a healthy investment climate in northern Central America to promote inclusive economic opportunities, women’s economic empowerment, anti-corruption, and long-term prosperity.


Rebecca Lissner
Deputy National Security Advisor
Office of the Vice President

Additional Speakers*

Marisol Argueta
Head of Latin America; Member of the Executive Committee
World Economic Forum

José Raúl González
Chief Executive Officer

Maria Liliana Mor
Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development

Paula Tavares
Senior Legal and Gender Specialist
The World Bank

In conversation with

Valentina Sader
Associate Director and Brazil Lead, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council

*More speakers to be announced.

Opening remarks by

Jason Marczak
Senior Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council

This timely event is part of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center’s month-long campaign, #MujeresAtTheTable. Follow our campaign on our Gender Equality and Diversity webpage and on social media @ACLatAm.

The Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center broadens understanding of regional transformations and delivers constructive, results-oriented solutions to inform how the public and private sectors can advance hemispheric prosperity.