Remarks by Ambassador Dogu
Managua, December 5, 2016
Alvaro Baltodano, Delegado Presidencial PRO-Nicaragua; Orlando Solorzano, Ministro de Fomento, Industria y Comercio; Edward Centeno, Ministro Agricultura y Ganadería; Fernando Melo, Chairman, World Trade Center Miami; Guillermo Jacoby, Presidente APEN; Mario Arana, Director Ejecutivo de APEN; Roberto Sansón, Presidente de AMCHAM; Y distinguidos invitados.
I am pleased to see such a large gathering of businesses, producers, associations, and trade facilitators meeting in one place. You all should collaborate with each other very closely in order to strengthen the commercial relationships between the United States and Nicaragua. Our two-way trade in a wide variety of products and services is an important means of sharing best practices, improving the quality of life for our citizens, and promoting prosperity.
Earlier this year, I visited the Port of Miami to see first-hand the trade ties that bind our two countries together. I saw cargo vessels filled with products that are traded between the United States and Nicaragua. I spoke with security agents and private sector officials who are working to keep our trade safe and secure. During my visit, I was struck by how international trade requires the cooperation of hundreds of individuals and entities all working together. But that cooperation is vital to a Texan sipping a hot cup of coffee from Matagalpa or a New Yorker trying out a new application developed by a Nicaraguan company or anyone driving a Ford or Chevrolet vehicle here in Managua.
Consumers from both countries simply think about good products and good prices. So it is left to you all to manage the complexity of cooperation. I am grateful we have organizations like Amcham, APEN, and the World Trade Center of Miami here today to convene experts and help make the import/export process simpler. Experts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the World Trade Center Miami can offer important tips to get your products safely and securely to your consumers in the United States. And we in the Embassy are always available to facilitate U.S. exports to Nicaragua and strengthen business partnerships.
Let me conclude by pointing your attention forward to the future. New technologies, products, and policies are changing the world and global markets. If businesses are doing the same things they have been doing for twenty years, chances are you will fall behind. I encourage you to take advantage of today’s seminar to evaluate what you can do differently to make your company more competitive, more innovative, and more sustainable. Thank you.