Photo: Ambassador Brian A. Nichols congratulates Ecuador for joining the Alliance for Development in Democracy. Source: Under Secretary Jose W. Fernandez / Twitter.
On Monday, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and Panama, member states of the Alliance for Development in Democracy (ADD), signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the United States to advance the U.S.-ADD Consultative Dialogue on Supply Chains and Economic Growth. In a media note, the U.S. Department of State announced that these states would further efforts to strengthen supply chain resiliency after the backlog caused by the pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. It also congratulated Ecuador for becoming ADD’s newest member.
The ADD was launched in September 2021 by the leaders of Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and Panama to strengthen democracy and promote economic growth between the three countries. During the IV Summit for the Presidents of the Alliance for Development in Democracy, the leaders of Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and Panama announced a strategic alliance with the U.S. to address the root causes of migration. In addition to migration, the U.S.-ADD alliance will also seek to address environmental sustainability, climate change adaptation, corruption, and economic growth.