Washington, D.C. (September 30, 2015) – The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) and the American Chamber of Commerce of Nicaragua (AmCham Nicaragua) signed a memorandum of understanding to broadly promote social and economic inclusion and to provide humanitarian assistance in the event of a disaster in Nicaragua.
Both organizations champion the Inter-American Democratic Charter and support citizen participation and greater inclusion. AmCham Nicaragua also committed to promoting initiatives like PADF’s Right to Identity project. Ongoing through early 2017, this project supports the civil registry process in Nicaragua by helping residents obtain a national identity card that provides access to vital social and civic services.
“PADF is pleased to work with the private sector in Nicaragua to advance corporate social responsibility projects to aid the most vulnerable people and victims of natural disasters and humanitarian crises,” says John Sanbrailo, Executive Director of PADF. “We are excited about this ongoing collaboration to advance our mutual goal of prosperity and social inclusion for all in the region.”
The AmCham will encourage support of PADF’s projects through its affiliated businesses, promote corporate social responsibility and facilitate the private sector’s involvement in civil society.
“Our Chamber is committed to the rights of all citizens and believes that economic growth is key to the health of democracy,” says Roberto Sansón Caldera, President of AmCham Nicaragua. “We look forward to working with PADF to strengthen ties between the private sector and civil society in Nicaragua.”
This agreement builds on an existing relationship that PADF has with the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACCLA), an umbrella organization of 24 AmChams that represent more than 20,000 companies and over 80 percent of U.S. investment in the region.
The non-profit foundation of the Organization of American States, PADF operates throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to generate economic opportunities, advance social progress, strengthen civil society, and prepare for and respond to natural disasters and humanitarian crises. In 2014, the Foundation reached more than 15 million people in 27 countries. Headquartered in Washington D.C., PADF has field offices in Haiti, Colombia, Suriname, Belize, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and projects throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
About AmCham Nicaragua
The mission of AmCham-Nicaragua is to promote trade and investment between the United States and Nicaragua through free trade, free markets and free enterprise.