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Summit of the Americas Pre-Meeting on Nearshoring and Renewable Energy Investment in Latin America

The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands partnered with the Wilson Center’s Latin American Program from April 19 – 21, 2022, to host a meeting in advance of the Ninth Summit of the Americas. Officials from 13 Latin American and Caribbean countries, five U.S. government agencies, two multilateral development banks, and seven private sector companies explored opportunities for nearshoring and renewable energy investments in the region. Participants gathered at the historic Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage, California, to discuss policy options for accelerating and expanding global value chain investments, as well as strategies for fostering the renewable energy transition. These issues are critical to creating more reliable supply chains and making progress toward climate goals.

The United States will host the Ninth Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles from June 6-10, 2022, with a focus on “Building a Sustainable, Resilient, and Equitable Future” for the Western Hemisphere. The Summit of the Americas is the only hemisphere-wide convening of heads of state from the countries of North, South, and Central America and the Caribbean.  The Summit occurs every three years, and was only held once before in the United States. The Summit has four pillars: promoting a green and equitable recovery, building strong and inclusive democracies, improving pandemic response and resilience, and addressing the root causes of irregular migration.

The organizers, in collaboration with the Partnership for Central America, will issue a report to share their conclusions and recommendations on nearshoring and the renewable energy transition with key decision makers to inform Summit outcomes and commitments.


For more information:

Benjamin Gedan; Deputy Director, Wilson Center Latin American Program (

Cynthia Arnson; Director, Wilson Center Latin American Program (

Jeffrey Phillips; Policy Director, The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands (

Ken Chavez; Director of Community & Media Relations, The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands (

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The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin America Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more