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CenAm Presidents reaffirm commitment to create opportunities with the region's private sector

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Monday, September 26, 2016

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September 23

In the context of the forum "The Northern Triangle - Building Together a Prosperous Future for the Region," held at the headquarters of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Presidents Salvador Sánchez Cerén of El Salvador, Jimmy Morales of Guatemala and Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras reaffirmed their commitment to work together to create opportunities and prosperity for their citizens and began a renewed dialogue with the private sector to work together on a strategy for growth.

The governments, committed to closing gaps in social spending and security, will rely on the private sector as a partner in working together to design an innovative vehicle to generate employment through the rapid implementation of priority energy, and urban to help turn the Plan for the Alliance for the Prosperity of the Northern Triangle into a reality.

The business leaders from the three countries who participated in the meeting expressed their commitment to support their authorities in stimulating strategic investments. As part of that effort, and with the support of the IDB, a high-level regional public-private group will be created in order to define a regional blueprint of priority investments, to agree on financing mechanisms and means of execution that are flexible, transparent and coordinated across the region.

The forum paved the way for agreements on forthcoming working guidelines and the decision to prepare a high-level, regional event in December.

IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno highlighted the efforts of the three Central American governments and invited them to consolidate their achievements, confirming the technical and financial support of the IDB in the implementation phase: "In 20 years, we haven´t seen the kinds of reform that the three countries have undertaken. There have been important improvements in management systems and public finance, in the fight against corruption, and in the strengthening of judicial and security systems, said Moreno. "The private sector can and must be society´s ally in the transition toward a new period of growth. We need to create a bridge to the future that creates room for the investment that the region needs."

The IDB is the main source of multilateral support for the Northern Triangle countries. The Bank has a portfolio amounting to $2. 5 billion, made up of more than 60 projects in sectors including education, social protection, water and sanitation, health, transportation, competitiveness, environment and natural disasters, energy, urban development and modernization of the state.

About the IDB

The Inter-American Development Bank is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source oflong-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean.The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance and training to public and private sector clients throughout the region.

(Pictured: (L-R) Joe Biden, Juan Orlando Hernández, Salvador Sánchez Cerén, Jimmy Morales, Luis Alberto Moreno)