TOP POLICY MAKERS URGE IMMEDIATE ACTION ON U.S. - LATIN AMERICAN FREE TRADE LEGISLATION
Thursday, October 25, 2007
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October 25, 2007 Mercy Viana-Schlapp 703-470-4794
TOP POLICY MAKERS URGE IMMEDIATE ACTION ON U.S. –LATIN AMERICAN FREE TRADE LEGISLATION
WASHINGTON, DC - The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) and Hudson Institute's Center for Latin American Studies today hosted a special joint forum on "Strengthening U.S. – Latin American Relations through Free Trade Agreements.” Speakers included U.S. House Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), U.S. House Representative Henry Cuellar (TX-28), His Excellency Ambassador F. Tomas Dueñas of Costa Rica and Her Excellency Ambassador Carolina Barco of Colombia.
The speakers addressed how Congress needs to quickly approve pending legislation on the free trade agreements between the United States and Latin American countries. They also stressed how such trade agreements mutually benefit the United States and Latin America by increasing U.S. exports and helping spread democracy and freedom throughout the Americas.
"As an organization committed to celebrating the diversity of thought of the U.S. Hispanic community, CHLI is honored to once again partner with the Hudson Institute's Center for Latin American Studies in bringing together a diverse group of participants, both speakers and audience, to discuss the importance of increase trade with key Latin American partners,” said Octavio Hinojosa, CHLI Executive Director.
"Free trade with free peoples strengthens democracies and our allies in the region. It creates jobs and economic opportunities here in the U.S. and no one benefits more from free trade with Latin America than the Hispanic community in this country.” stated Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart.
I foresee a day when the United States can have a free trade agreement with every country in South America and Central America. Creating important relationships between the private sectors of those countries and our country is vital. It is especially important because we must develop a stronger rapport with Central and South America,” said Rep. Henry Cuellar.
"It is a very important moment to invest in Colombia. We would like to invite the U.S. to really look at trade for what it is - the importance it has on the economy and also in creating ties that are fundamental in our hemisphere. Ties based on confidence, on cooperation and on strengthening our mutual institutions and our mutual view about the importance of democracy, prosperity and equality,” said Ambassador Carolina Barco of Colombia.
The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute is a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit and non-partisan organization dedicated to creating a broader awareness of the diversity of thought, heritage, interests and views of Americans of Hispanic and Portuguese descent. For more information, visit www.chli.org