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Latino Daily News

Tuesday February 8, 2011

Obama Officials Travel to Latin America in Preparation for His Regional Visit

Different White House officials and State Department officials are starting to travel to Latin America in anticipation of the President’s upcoming trip in March.

Assistant Secretary for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs Jose W. Fernandez will be traveling to Brazil from February 9 to 11, 2011 to lead the U.S. delegation in bilateral Economic Partnership Dialogue (EPD) to be held in Brasilia on February 10. The EPD was created in 2007 to provide a forum for the U.S. and Brazil to discuss how to promote economic advancement that generates prosperity throughout our societies and beyond.

Assistant Secretary Fernandez will also visit Sao Paulo, where he will meet with business leaders to discuss investment opportunities in Brazil, in an event organized by the Americas Society and the Council of the Americas. He will also participate in a half-day energy-focused infrastructure conference on February 11, organized for U.S. companies by the Brazil-U.S. Business Council and hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce. The conference will focus on helping U.S. companies to partner with Brazilian companies to address Brazil’s growing energy infrastructure needs, including projects related to the development of oil reserves and nuclear power.

Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo A. Valenzuela is traveling to El Salvador also from February 9 through the 11th. The purpose of his trip is to engage the government of El Salvador on ways to deepen and enhance our bilateral partnership through the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development, and discuss our joint efforts to ensure the safety and security of Salvadoran citizens.

Assistant Secretary Valenzuela will be joined by USAID Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean Mark Feierstein, and OPIC Executive Vice President Mimi Alemayehou in meetings with senior officials to discuss these and other issues of mutual interest, including bilateral cooperation and regional concerns. He will also meet with political and private sector leaders.