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Tuesday, April 30th
Puerto Rico Convention Center
avatar for Hon. Manuel A. Laboy Rivera

Hon. Manuel A. Laboy Rivera

Manuel A. Laboy Rivera is the Secretary of the Department of Economic Development and Commerce (DEDC) and Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO) with the mission to attract new investment, promote the creation of new jobs and strengthening of small and medium enterprises.

He is responsible for the formulation and strategic implementation of the Puerto Rico economic development plan, including competitiveness-related reform, infrastructure projects and instrumentalities that include agencies and public corporations. Secretary Laboy Rivera presides the following Boards of Directors:

• Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO)
• Puerto Rico Trade and Export Company
• Puerto Rico Tourism Company
• Convention District Authority
• Economic Development Bank
• Puerto Rico Science and Technology Trust
• Port of Las Americas
• Local Redevelopment Authority of Roosevelt Roads

He served in the administration of former Governor Luis Fortuño as an Assistant Secretary of the DEDC. He is a licensed professional engineer with 20 years of experience in various industries and sectors, including manufacturing, chemical production, life sciences (pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and medical devices), construction, public utilities, export services, renewable energy, infrastructure, technology and project management.

Secretary Laboy Rivera has a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez Campus, a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Gurabo. He is also a member of the College of Engineers and Surveyors of Puerto Rico and holds a Certified Safety Professional certification from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.