The Center for International Private Enterprise recently hosted an event on Digitalization in Central America: Strategies for Regional Transformation and Recovery. On June 10, 2021, the group, which focuses on supporting private enterprise and market-based democratic reform across the world, brought together four leaders from the George W. Bush Institute’s Central American Prosperity Project (CAPP) to discuss possibilities for digital growth in the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.

As part of CAPP’s Future of Work initiative, the discussion was moderated by Matthew Rooney, Managing Director of the Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative, and featured Marcos Andrés Antil, CEO and Founder of XumaK; Mey Hung, Walmart Corporate Affairs Leader for Honduras and Guatemala; and Kathia Yacaman, Executive Vice President at Grupo Karim.

The discussion centered on ways Northern Triangle and Central American countries can promote investment and encourage companies and workers to get involved in the region. Transparency, licensing regulations, and workforce training were identified by the panelists as some of the more pressing issues and opportunities for growth for governments and industry leaders.