Executive Secretariat for Integral Development (SEDI)

Department of Economic Development

Competitiveness, Innovation and Technology

The Section of Competitiveness, Innovation and Technology supports OAS Member States in their efforts to advance the economic growth of the region by promoting public policy dialogue, capacity building, the exchange of successful experiences and the development of cooperation initiatives and technical documents on key issues of competitiveness and innovation. The Section facilitates active and results-based political dialogue among Ministers, High-Level Authorities, partners and other stakeholders and organizes several conferences, forums, workshops and working groups’ sessions.

Key areas of action


Support the Meetings of Ministers and High Authorities in Science and Technology (REMCYT), the Inter-American Committee on Science and Technology (COMCYT) and four working groups Innovation, Human Resources Training and Education, National Quality Infrastructure, and Technological Development.


Technical Secretariat of the
Inter-American Competitiveness Network (RIAC) which convenes Ministers, High-Level Authorities, Competitiveness Councils, multilateral organizations, leaders of private sector, academia and NGOS with programs on competitiveness. Supports the Americas Competitiveness Forum (ACF), the preeminent hemispheric policy space for government and business leaders to discuss economic competitiveness and promote innovation in the Americas .

The Advanced Research and Technology Collaboratory for the Americas (OAS - ARTCA) is an international network of leaders in science, technology and innovation that provides resources in state-of-the-art technologies and promotes collaboration among countries to improve the quality of life for citizens.

Red Innovanet,
a Community of Practice to promote collaboration between leading public and private universities, research centers, and other institutions on technology transfer and commercialization, incubation, and specialized services to support innovative Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the Americas.