Growth in the Americas: Initiative to facilitate economic prosperity
The Challenge: The Americas seek to facilitate economic prosperity, security, and good
governance. The Americas face a shortfall in infrastructure investment, which drags on
economic growth. The region needs $100-150 billion in new annual infrastructure investment.
Growing population centers and economic markets necessitate increased investment to ensure
market diversification, energy security, and continued growth.
The Initiative: The Growth in the Americas • América Crece initiative is an innovative, whole-of-
government approach to support economic development by catalyzing private sector
investment in energy and other infrastructure projects across Latin America and the Caribbean.
The hemispheric goal is to foster job creation and jumpstart economic growth by facilitating
urgently needed infrastructure projects.
Sustainability: América Crece centers on building an enabling environment for private sector
investment in infrastructure that is transparent, competitive, and in line with international best
practices. It focuses on infrastructure, including, but not limited to, energy, telecommunications,
ports, roads, and airports. América Crece leverages a comprehensive toolbox to support energy
and infrastructure sector projects from early-stage feasibility studies through final investment
decisions to help countries improve their regulatory frameworks and procurement structures to
meet the requirements of limited-recourse project financing.
Partnerships: América Crece works closely with governments across the region, using tools
including high-level diplomatic engagement, formal framework MOUs, technical assistance and
exchanges, as well as leveraging existing bilateral dialogues and regional forums to share best
practices bilaterally and through regional institutions, business associations, and civil society
Private Sector Investment: América Crece seeks to attract greater private sector infrastructure
investments by connecting the U.S. private sector to opportunities in Latin America and the
Caribbean. Activities include hosting business-to-business and business-to-government
roundtables, supporting trade missions and study tours, undertaking commercial feasibility
studies, sharing best practices to improve the investment climate, and supporting project
financing. América Crece streamlines access for the private sector to the relevant U.S.
Whole-of-Government: América Crece taps into the programs, resources and expertise of
numerous U.S. government agencies to help engage with governments, secure financing, assess
and mitigate risk, and strengthen regulatory environments for investors. The core agencies
include the Departments of State, Treasury, Commerce, and Energy as well as the United States
Agency for International Development (USAID), the United States Trade and Development
Agency (USTDA), and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).