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OAS and the Inter-American Competitiveness Network Organize Visit to Innovation Centers in Cities in the Southern United States

  March 28, 2014

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the United States Government, through the Inter-American Competitiveness Network (RIAC), will organize from March 31 to April 4, a visit to several cities in the southeastern United States, called " The Americas Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation and Entrepreneurship."

The visits to urban and rural areas of the states of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina will include tours of centers of advanced technology and innovation, as examples of successful investments and public-private partnerships. The chosen locations are centers of research and development in the medical, agro industrial, manufacturing and automotive industries. Among the cities to be visited are Atlanta, Greenville, Conover, Kannapolis and Charlotte. Some of the projects to be visited were presented as part of the experiences in the Signs of Competitiveness of the Americas Report of 2012 and 2013 of the RIAC, whose Technical Secretariat is managed by the OAS.

The Executive Secretary for Integral Development of the OAS, Sherry Tross, will participate in the opening ceremony, which will be held on Monday, March 31 in Atlanta, where the mission and objectives of the Americas Competitiveness Exchange will be outlined.

The visit is part of the 2014 RIAC Work Plan, which aims to further develop the interchange and deepening knowledge gained from more than one hundred successful experiences that Member States of the OAS have shared through the RIAC. The event takes place in the context the events preceding the VIII Americas Competitiveness Forum, to be held under the theme "Human Imagination in Action: Promoting Competitiveness, Empowering Innovation" from October 8-10 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

This activity of the RIAC is made possible by the financial support of the United States government through the Department of Commerce and Department of State and the Government of Canada through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD).

WHAT: Inauguration of “The Americas Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation and Entrepreneurship”

WHEN: March 31, 2014, 18:30 EDT (22:30 GMT)

WHERE: Metro Atlanta Chambers. 575 14 Street. NW. Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 30318.

Reference: AVI-049/14