Leadership of the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce presents the 2023-2024 Strategic Plan
One of the priorities is greater collaboration with private sector entities and the third sector.
August 1, 2023, San Juan, PR –The leadership of the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce (PRCC) held a meeting with the press to reveal the details of its work plan for the rest of 2023 and the first half of 2024. The plan constitutes a strategic pillar to strengthen the position of the institution as a spokesperson for the private sector and attract new members.
“One of our priorities is to identify topics, spaces and initiatives for the collaboration of the Chamber of Commerce with other entities, both affiliated associations of the private sector and other institutions of the third sector. Together we can be much more effective in achieving the goals we have set for ourselves in the development of our economy,” said Ramon Pérez Blanco, president of the PRCC.
According to Pérez Blanco, the initiatives outlined in this line include activating the Third Sector Council of the PRCC to strengthen ties with community, non-profit and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Likewise, they intend to resume the work of the PRCC Foundation and collaborate with the affiliated entities in the leadership of the various specific themes.
“We are going to reinforce the role of the House in this pre-election year. Our committees are tasked with issuing position reports on different topics. We will assume well-founded positions on different issues, not based on opinions but on studies and analysis of experts to contribute to the public discussion, “said the president of the chamber.
The business leader explained that they have proposed to strengthen the capacity of the CCPR to produce analysis and studies relevant to the economic development of Puerto Rico, which are exclusive to the Chamber of Commerce. The studies that are already scheduled for next year include new editions of the business and consumer confidence indexes. Likewise, a demographic study of the diaspora has been commissioned to constitute a platform for the creation of concrete public policy proposals to attract this population back to the Island.
Another priority will be to strengthen the lobbying activities of the Chamber and affiliated entities in the federal capital. “Puerto Rico needs a strong presence in Washington DC. We are going to insert ourselves in these processes from the point of view of free enterprise,” said Liza García, executive director of the CCPR. Topics to be pushed include transitioning from the Nutrition Assistance Program to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Plan (NAP to SNAP), as well as priority health and energy issues.
The objectives of the plan for next year include increasing networking opportunities for entrepreneurs and professionals, holding events exclusively for members, strengthening the role of university chapters and young entrepreneurs, continuing to improve benefits for members, strengthening the Network of Women Entrepreneurs. and increase membership by 20%
Among the various initiatives included in the plan is the revision of the concept of the annual convention, building on the results obtained in the event held this year. Pérez Blanco anticipated that the agenda of the event in 2024 will be focused on the discussion of the economic development of Puerto Rico, framed in the dynamics of generating proposals typical of a pre-election period. One of the goals is to achieve the participation of candidates for key elective positions and demonstrate their commitment to proposals that meet the needs of the private sector and that promote the economic development of Puerto Rico.
“We are building on the work done by the presidencies that have preceded us over the past five years. We want to continue growing and strengthening the chamber, giving continuity to previous efforts, but adapting to the current reality, “said Pérez Blanco.
Karen Garnik, APR