Business Future of the Americas

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua, Laura F. Dogu
Managua, June 4, 2017

I am honored to host this reception for the Business Future of the Americas, the main annual event of the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America and the Caribbean (AACCLA).

Under the leadership of AACCLA Chair Thomas Kenna and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Vice President of the Americas Neil Herrington, U.S. businesses and their partners have a voice throughout the region, including in Washington D.C.

This event brings together the AmChams from across the Hemisphere to discuss the main opportunities and challenges to increasing prosperity in the region. I want to thank each of you for being here tonight and for your participation in tomorrow’s day-long international conference.

The private sector is the motor for economic development throughout the Hemisphere. Your active engagement and insight on the major issues of the day are important and valued.

This is the first time the BFA will be hosted in Nicaragua. I will take this opportunity to recognize the leadership of the Nicaraguan AmCham for their sustained fforts to bring the BFA to Nicaragua. It was truly a team effort to make this event happen, but I must single out a few individuals, such as:  Yali Molina, Roberto Sansón, Avil Ramirez, and current president Alvaro Rodriguez. We are very pleased you have succeeded in bringing this event here, and I am certain the event will be excellent.

I also wish to acknowledge and thank the Nicaraguan government for their outstanding efforts to contribute to the success of the BFA. I also want to acknowledge and thank the distinguished guests from various governments from around the hemisphere who are participating in the BFA.

This includes Secretary General of SIECA, Carmén Gisela Vergara;-Secretary General and Government Coordinator of the Republic of Honduras, Jorge Hernández Alcerro; Minister of Foreign Trade and Investments of Cuba, Rodrigo Malmierca; former Chancellor of Colombia, Camilo Reyes Rodríguez; and former US Secretary of Commerce, Carlos Gutiérrez.

Your involvement is key for providing insights on government policies and thinking, and for translating the private sector thinking into positive action.

We appreciate you sharing your valuable time and insights here in Managua. I now turn the floor over to Nicaraguan AmCham President Alvaro Rodriguez.

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