Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua, Laura F. Dogu
Managua, December 16, 2015
Good afternoon. I feel very grateful to be part of this exciting moment for Cargill, for Managua, and for the entire country.
For 15 years, this company has been operating in Nicaragua and its brands Tip Top, Pipasa, Cainsa, among others, are highly regarded and respected. With more than 2,500 employees across the country, I am sure that the Nicaraguans appreciate Cargill’s dedication to its community, its focus on the needs of its clients, and its competitive prices.
Now, in this main distribution center, we can expect to enjoy these benefits and more. The opening of this distribution center represents many things. It demonstrates the important role that United States investment plays in the creation of local jobs. It is a sign of American companies’ commitment to the future of this country and the wellbeing of its people.
And even more importantly, it demonstrates that the United States and Nicaragua share the same objective of a prosperous Nicaragua. A thriving Nicaragua requires alliances—and this is exactly the model visualized by Cargill. The company’s program IMPULSOR, is helping more than 300 small- and medium-sized sorghum farms increase their productivity and diminish their costs. Their team members donate their time and knowledge to the local communities.
In only this last month, uniRSE awarded recognition to Cargill with its prize “Ideal Place to Work,” which reflects the company’s commitment to optimal working conditions for its employees. But true social responsibility goes beyond the limits of the company.
Since 2006, for example, Cargill has supported 21 elementary schools and 4,000 students, providing them with nutritious food supplements and making improvements to the schools. Additional programs exist that are directed at encouraging female leadership, establishing children’s day care centers and securing nutrition. In total, the company is investing $1 million dollars annually in favor of the well being of Nicaraguans.
I applaud the role that Cargill is playing as a supportive and valuable ally to Nicaraguan society. Together, we can promote prosperity, with the investment and working experience of the United States, in alliance with local partners from all sectors, to stimulate commercial activity, create jobs and opportunities. And this installation of 50 million dollars demonstrates that the future brings even more opportunities.
The United States government will continue working with our partners and with the Nicaraguan government to support future opportunities for growth and investment. I want to congratulate Cargill for this impressive new center and for its permanent and valuable presence in Nicaragua.
It makes me very happy that a U.S. company is having so much success through close alliances with local businesses, its collaborators, and communities.
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