#2021WCA: Bill Cassidy Receives COA Chairman's Award for Leadership in the Americas

The Louisiana senator said international trade is the most powerful tool to bring people out of poverty.


  • Bill Cassidy, U.S. Senator, Louisiana
  • Andrés Gluski, Chairman, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy participated in the 51st Washington Conference on the Americas Luncheon to accept the COA Chairman’s Award for Leadership in the Americas, presented to democratically elected officials who’ve shown an outstanding commitment to the Western Hemisphere. AS/COA Board Chairman Andrés Gluski introduced Cassidy saying the senior senator from Louisiana uses his deep understanding of the region to “harness the powerful connections among our people, businesses, and societies for the benefit of his state, our nation, and the region.”

“Market-driven, international trading is the most powerful tool for elevating people out of poverty and balancing the interests of all parties involved,” said Cassidy in his acceptance speech, which he delivered via video call as he had a recent Covid exposure. The senator said that the region's prosperity requires “a fully functioning market, accompanied by the protections necessary to ensure people are not being exploited.”

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