Forum: “The Private Sector as Strategic Partner for Open Government”

Organized by: The Trust for the Americas, Hivos and the Private Sector Council on Open Governance

Date: Wednesday October 19, 2016

Time: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Venue: Fundación Omar Dengo


The Open Government Partnership was founded in September 2011 as a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. Costa Rica is part of this initiative since 2012.

Since 2015, The Trust for the Americas with support from the Embassy of the United States and the Organization of American States, has been working in partnership with government and civil society in implementing the Open Government agenda in Costa Rica. The program includes workshops, forums and technical assistance to public officers, NGO’s, private sector and social leaders.


The forum “The Private Sector as Strategic Partner for Open Government” facilitate a dialogue between representatives of multinational companies and Costa Ricans, SMEs, chambers of commerce, public sector agencies and civil society organizations in order to raise common strategies that promote the open government agenda in Costa Rica and throughout the region.

To achieve the exchange of ideas, opinions and suggestions of all participants, the event will promote dialogue, discussion and generation of agreements by two different stages:

Panel discussion with international and national guests, who will address three main questions:

What is open government, why this topic is of interest for the private sector and how to involve the business community in this effort?

World Café where all participants will have the opportunity to present their recommendations on the following issues:

  • What opportunities and benefits offer Open Government principles for the private sector?
  • What role must the private sector have in the implementation of Open Government?
  • What could be the strategy to involve the private sector in the Open Government agenda?
  • How can the private sector work hand in hand with civil society, media and other stakeholders to promote open Government in the region?
  • How can a closer relationship with government agencies be generated in the implementation of open Government?

At the end of the event it is expected to obtain a series of recommendations to serve as a starting point to boost private sector participation in the implementation of open government agenda in Costa Rica and the region.

Participants Profile

The meeting will be aimed for business leaders, managers of SMEs, representatives of associations and business chambers. A selected group of representatives from civil society organizations, academics, journalists, and other sectors will also be invited to promote understanding of different perspectives.

Information and registration

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For more information contact Maikol Porras Morales in Costa Rica (Email:, Phone: +506 8729 0220) or Rodrigo Iriani in Washington DC (Email:, Phone: +1 202 370 0755).

8:00 am – Registration
8:30 am – Opening ceremony / Welcome

  • Dario Soto. Chief Operating Officer. The Trust for the Americas.
  • Myrtille Danse. Director of HIVOS for Latin America. Costa Rica.
  • Kim Eric Bettcher. Senior Knowledge Manager. Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE). United States of America. Private Sector Council on Open Gov.
  • John Reed Payne. Economic Officer. U.S. Embassy San José, Costa Rica.

9:00 am – Panel: What is open government, why this topic is of interest for the private sector and how to involve the business community in this effort?

  • Ana Gabriel Zúñiga Aponte. Deputy Minister of Presidency in Political Affairs and Citizen Dialogue. Costa Rica
  • Leandro Adrian Gorgal. Chief Executive Institutional Development. CAF. Argentina
  • Manuel Cordero Alarcón. CEO and Co-founder. Grupo INCO. Costa Rica

10:00 am – World Café: Open Dialogue between all participants
12:00 pm – Panel: The role of technology implementing Open Government.

  • Paul Mitchell, Senior Director, Technology Policy. Microsoft. United States of America.
  • Audrey Ariss, Director of Research and Design. Center for Open Data Enterprise. United States of America.
  • Juan Manuel Casanueva. SocialTic. México

1:00 pm – Lunch
2:00 pm – World Cafe conclusions
2:30 pm – Next steps and Networking