The International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA) was created in 1995 to achieve the following: to promote understanding of major international economic challenges in order to have far-ranging discussions on current social and political issues. To reach this aim, the IEFA organizes annual events where heads of state and government, members of the business community and civil society, trade union leaders and academics – all of them experts in their respective fields – can meet and discuss both their common objectives and ways to achieve them. In 2017, the IEFA will expand its mission by adding a fourth conference (the Conference of Paris) to its line-up of events: