From ITTF website:
Every four years the Pan American Games is staged; the various competitions are fought fiercely, the table tennis events are no exception; now following an agreement between the Latin American Table Tennis Union and the North American Table Tennis Union, the concept of the two continents uniting will happen on an annual basis.
At the current 2015 World Junior Championships in La Roche-sur-Yon, France on Saturday 5th December, an agreement was reached to promote three events: the Pan American Championships, the Pan American Cup and the Pan American Junior and Cadet Championships.
Presidents in One Accord
Under the guidance of Thomas Weikert, President of the International Table Tennis Federation an agreement was reached between Juan Vila, President of the Latin American Table Tennis Union and Tony Kiesenhofer, President of the North American Table Tennis Union.