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Secretary Rice Reflects on "Time of Change" in the Americas

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

At the COA's Washington Conference on the Americas, Secretary Rice underscored that there has “never been a time in modern history” when the U.S. relationship with the hemisphere has been so critical. U.S. friendship is not contingent upon any ideological position; rather, the administration is committed to working with countries in advancing key development issues. ... Read More

President of Panama Martín Torrijos on Challenges to Latin American Development

Wednesday, May 7, 2008  |  Carin Zissis

Panama's president described how Latin America finds itself at an intersection between sustainable prosperity and challenges such as the global food crisis. Highlighting the Panama Canal expansion project as an opportunity for national dialogue, Torrijos voiced support for open markets and democracy. ... Read More

President George Bush on U.S. Commitment to the Americas

Wednesday, May 7, 2008  |  Carin Zissis

President George W. Bush, speaking at the COA’s annual Washington Conference on the Americas, delivered a major policy speech on the U.S. role in the Western Hemisphere. “The foundation of a good foreign policy is good relations with your neighbors,” said the president, outlining priorities issues for U.S.-Latin American relations. ... Read More

Luis Carranza Ugarte, Peru's Minister of Finance, on Lima's Economic Growth

Wednesday, May 7, 2008  |  Carin Zissis

Peru's Finance Minister Luis Carranza Ugarte spoke at COA's 38th Washington Conference on the Americas, discussed his recent impressive growth as well as the obstacles to consolidating such gains. “Only through poverty reduction will we be able to consolidate our democratic system," said Carranza. ... Read More

38th Washington Conference: "The Globalization of the Americas"

Wednesday, May 7, 2008  |  Carin Zissis

The Council of the Americas held the 38th Annual Washington Conference on the Americas on May 6 and 7, drawing together a selection of the region's most influential officials—including the presidents of the United States and Panama—to address the most pressing policy issues affecting the Western Hemisphere. Read more and access program summaries, as well as audio, from the conference. ... Read More

IMF Managing Director Outlines Policies to Consolidate Regional Economic Growth

Wednesday, May 7, 2008  |  Jason Marczak

Speaking at the 38th Washington Conference on the Americas, IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn called for increased private and public investment and greater productivity as key factors for sustaining recent economic growth. A rebalancing of China’s exchange rate and policies to reduce the growth in food prices will be some of the next challenges facing the region and the world. ... Read More

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks Receives COA Chairman's Award

Tuesday, May 6, 2008  |  Carin Zissis

COA was honored to name Representative Gregory W. Meeks with the Chairman's Award for Leadership in the Americas at the opening of the annual Washington Conference. After accepting the speech, the congressman urged trade liberalization advocates to help add more voices "to the chorus singing the praises of global trade." ... Read More