Why the Americas

Bound by shared borders, history, culture and values, the peoples of the Americas are inextricably linked. Today, more than ever, regional collaboration is critical to our shared security and prosperity. We depend on one another for jobs, natural resources and security; Latin America is the fastest growing trading partner of the U.S., the largest foreign supplier of oil to the U.S., and the largest source of immigrants to the U.S.

Over the past several years, the region has experienced dramatic economic progress and growth:

  • 70 million Latinos lifted out of poverty in just 10 years
  • Free Trade agreements signed at multiple country and regional levels
  • Latin America’s population predicted to surpass China’s by 2060

Despite major growth, however, the Americas still face many challenges. Violence, fueled by an international drug trade, is rampant, forcing many to flee home and migrate north. Social inequality plagues many countries, and climate change poses major risks.

The effects of these challenges are felt across the hemisphere, but with our combined expertise, resources and leadership, we can address them. Our prosperity depends on one another, and as neighbors, partners and equals, we can achieve far more together than we ever could apart.

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