Manuel A. Laboy Rivera is the Secretary of the Department of Economic Development and
Commerce (DEDC) in Puerto Rico 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 also responsible for the formulation and strategic
implementation of the Puerto Rico economic development plan, including competitiveness-related reform, infrastructure projects and the innovation of technology agenda. He recently announced the formation of a Consultative Group to Advise on the development of Blockchain in the island.

Secretary Laboy Rivera served in the administration of former Governor of Puerto Rico Luis Fortuño as an assistant secretary of the Department of Economic and Commerce. He is a licensed professional engineer with 19 years of experience in various industries and sectors, including manufacturing, chemical production, life sciences (pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical devices), construction, public utilities, export services, renewable energy, infrastructure, technology and project management.

He 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 Turabo in Puerto Rico. He is also a member of the College of Engineers and Surveyors of Puerto Rico, and holds s Certified Safety Professional certification from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.