Manufacturers Association to Hold Gov’t forum Thursday
SAN JUAN – The Puerto Rico Manufacturers Association (PRMA) will hold its 2017 Caucus with the Government on Thursday, featuring Gov. Ricardo Rosselló as speaker.
During the event at the Sheraton Puerto Rico in Miramar’s Convention District, private sector officials will have the opportunity to share economic development ideas with agency heads, Association President Rodrigo Masses said in a statement.
Rosselló and the heads of agencies related to economic development will present plans for this four-year period to stimulate growth contained in the new administration’s Plan for Puerto Rico.
The government forum is intended for networking between the island’s private sector and the heads of major government agencies related to the socioeconomic development of Puerto Rico. It is an event of great importance for the island as it offers participants the opportunity, in a single day, to network with the heads of agencies that have an impact on their day-to-day operations as well as discuss the economy, infrastructure, energy, debt, the fiscal oversight board, among other topics, Masses said.
The Manufacturers Association is designing an economic development work plan that will be discussed with the invited agencies. Economic Development Secretary Manuel Laboy will present the New Economic Development Platform and discuss innovation, technology and competitiveness in economic development; the new tax code and incentives; infrastructure; and energy and labor reform.
Workshops will be carried out to discuss issues related to economic development, permitting agencies, energy, ports, agriculture, education, local procurement, finance, infrastructure, the Labor Department, debt, the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Co. (Pridco), healthcare, the visitor economy, entrepreneurial development and the nonprofit sector, among others.
The event will give agencies a feel for the problems the private sector faces and, in turn, attendees can familiarize themselves with the government’s work programs and get answers to their concerns, Masses said.