Vice President Harris and PCA unveil $1B in new commitments for economic growth

Today, Vice President Kamala Harris and the Partnership for Central America (PCA) revealed a sum exceeding $1 billion in fresh investments from the private sector. This contribution forms a crucial part of Central America Forward (CAF), a collaborative effort between the public and private sectors that was established in reaction to the Vice President’s appeal to take action for Northern Central America.

Key points

  • Total new commitments exceed $5.2 billion since May 2021.
  • 50+ companies and organizations have made commitments to support inclusive economic growth.
  • Investments create jobs, connect people to the digital economy, and improve economic livelihoods.
  • New commitments include investments in agriculture, financial inclusion, steel production, SMEs, youth training, and more.

New commitments

  • Acceso to invest $3.6 million in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to strengthen local food systems.
  • Banco Cuscatlan to invest over $30 million in financial inclusion in El Salvador.
  • Corporación AG to invest over $150 million in Guatemala, creating jobs.
  • Ficohsa to increase their SME loan portfolio by $490 million, prioritizing women-led businesses.
  • JA Worldwide to provide skills training to over 1,800 vulnerable girls.
  • Meta to train 250,000 youth and entrepreneurs.
  • Pearson to upskill English language learners.
  • Pantaleon to invest over $42 million in Guatemala.
  • Conecta to invest over $260 million in electrical power transmission in Guatemala.

Impact

  • Focus on financial inclusion, skilling, job creation, digital access, and supporting entrepreneurs.
  • Additional initiatives include promoting good governance, supporting a service corps, and boosting remittance transfers.

These investments are producing concrete opportunities for families and communities, yielding benefits for students, employees, entrepreneurs, and households, while also establishing a blueprint for mobilizing private sector commitments to propel economic development.

These pledges demonstrate a dedication to fostering sustainable growth and inclusive development in the region, tackling crucial issues such as job creation, digital accessibility, and financial inclusion. This partnership serves as a prime example of the transformative potential when government and private sector entities come together to bring about positive change and construct a more prosperous future for Central America.