AACCLA Signs Memorandum of Understanding with PAHO Foundation

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 2:30pm

Organizations Will Cooperate to Foster Improved Healthcare Outcomes  

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America and the Caribbean (AACCLA) this week signed a memorandum of understanding with the PAHO Foundation, paving the way for a coordinated effort by both bodies to work together in order to foster improved healthcare outcomes in the Western hemisphere.

The agreement makes formal a partnership between the organizations to improve health, as well as to stimulate increased productivity, economic growth, and innovation across the Americas.

“Our members have long understood that healthcare is the foundation of prosperous societies and an important component of the economy,” said Thomas Kenna, chairman of AACCLA and president and director general of the Panama Canal Railway Company. “Through this partnership, we have the opportunity to drive meaningful policy changes that ensure better access to quality health care and incentivize innovation in the hemisphere.”

The memorandum of understanding, signed Thursday in Washington, D.C., lays out a framework for cooperation between AACCLA and the PAHO Foundation in which they collaborate to build partnerships and promote meaningful dialogue between public- and private-sector stakeholders about healthcare challenges and evidence-based solutions in order to generate improved health outcomes in the region.

“We operate under the principle that, in order to achieve universal health coverage, we need to leverage public-private partnerships to create human-centered approaches to addressing systemic health challenges,” said Dr. Jennie Ward-Robinson, President and CEO of the PAHO Foundation.  “This partnership is critical to ensuring that all peoples in the region have access to quality health services, and we are thrilled to engage with AACCLA and its partners in service to the region.”

“The world’s strongest and most productive economies are built upon a vibrant free enterprise system and a healthy workforce,” said Jodi Hanson Bond, vice president of the Americas for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “As more and more businesses aim to grow and succeed in an increasingly competitive global marketplace, close collaboration between these outstanding organizations can be a difference-maker in raising the collective health of the hemisphere, ushering in a new era of prosperity, innovation, and investment for the hemisphere.”

The signing of this memorandum of understanding comes just days after AACCLA hosted its annual “Forecast on the Americas and the Caribbean” conference, which this year aimed to inform the next president’s hemispheric agenda through conversations about the business community’s priorities on topics such as healthcare, capital markets, trade, and investment.

Video of this year’s conference is available online here.

The PAHO Foundation is an independent non-profit 501(c)3 organization committed to enabling better health and a brighter future for people across the Americas.

The Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America & the Caribbean (AACCLA) since 1967 has served as the leading voice for the U.S. private sector in Latin America and the Caribbean and consists of 24 American Chambers of Commerce representing more than 20,000 companies and over 80 percent of U.S. investment in the region.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. Its International Affairs division includes more than 70 regional and policy experts and 25 country- and region-specific business councils and initiatives. The U.S. Chamber also works closely with 117 American Chambers of Commerce abroad.