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"Over the past two days, the President and I have had a... series of friendly and very productive meetings. That's what the people of our respective countries expect. They expect people to work out differences in a constructive way. They expect leaders to seize opportunities for the benefit of our respective peoples. And the spirit is very strong to work together. I appreciate so very much the fact that during our meetings we reaffirmed the values of democracy and transparency and rule of law that guide both our countries. We discussed ways to make our nation safer, both nations safer, and both nations prosperous."
-- President George W. Bush
Fiesta Americana Mérido
March 14, 2007
On March 5, 2007, President Bush Discussed The Administration's Efforts To Advance The Cause Of Social Justice In The Western Hemisphere. From March 8-14, President and Mrs. Bush will travel to Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Guatemala, and Mexico. These countries are part of a region that has taken great strides toward freedom and prosperity raising up new democracies and bringing stability to their fiscal policies. Yet despite these advances, tens of millions in the Western Hemisphere remain stuck in poverty. The working poor of Latin America need change, and the United States is committed to helping their governments provide it.
The President Is Committed To Helping Democracies In The Western Hemisphere:
New Initiatives For The Western Hemisphere
The President Announced He Will Send The USNS Comfort A Navy Medical Ship To Latin America And The Caribbean. The Comfort will make port calls in Belize, Guatemala, Panama, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, and Suriname. Its doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals expect to treat 85,000 patients and conduct up to 1,500 surgeries. The Comfort will also partner with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on a new initiative to provide oral care to the region's poor.
The President Announced A New Partnership For Latin American Youth To Help Thousands More Young People Improve Their English And Have The Opportunity To Study In The United States. This three-year, $75 million initiative includes English language training; home-country and U.S.-based study; helping students apply for and win scholarships; and skills development to improve students' ability to gain employment.
The President Directed Secretary Of State Condoleezza Rice And Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson To Develop A New Initiative That Will Help U.S. And Local Banks Improve Their Ability To Extend Good Loans To Small Businesses. Increasing access to capital throughout Latin America and the Caribbean will help its entrepreneurs create new jobs and opportunity for their fellow citizens.
The United States Is Launching A New Effort To Help Build A Market For Affordable Housing. Through the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. has provided more than $100 million to help underwrite mortgages to working families in Mexico, Brazil, Chile, and the countries of Central America. The U.S. will now provide an additional $385 million to expand these programs and help put the dream of home ownership within reach of thousands more people.
The Administration Will Convene A White House Conference On The Western Hemisphere. This conference will bring together representatives from the private sector, non-governmental organizations, faith-based groups, and volunteer associations to discuss more effective ways to deliver aid and build the institutions of civic society.
Building Government Institutions That Are Fair, Effective, And Free Of Corruption
Millennium Challenge Accounts Are Providing Financial Assistance To Developing Nations That Govern Justly, Invest In Their People, And Encourage Economic Freedom.
We Are Working With Our Partners In Latin America And The Caribbean To Ensure Governments Serve All Citizens Impartially.
Providing Funding For Education And Health Care In Latin America And The Caribbean
Since 2004, The U.S. Has Provided More Than $150 Million For Education Programs In Latin America And The Caribbean. U.S.-funded education programs include:
Since 2001, The U.S. Has Invested Almost $1 Billion To Improve Health Through USAID Programs In Latin America And The Caribbean.
Helping Build Economies That Allow Workers To Provide For Their Families And Rise In Society
The United States Government Led The G-8 Debt Reduction Initiative To Provide $4.8 Billion In Multilateral Debt Relief To Some Of The Poorest Countries In The Americas.
The Administration Is Implementing An Agenda To Promote Job Creation And Equal Opportunity For All Residents Of The Western Hemisphere.
U.S. Assistance To Latin America And The Caribbean Extends Far Beyond Government Initiatives.
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March 14, 2007
Joint U.S.-Mexico Communiqué
President Bush and President Calderón Participate in a Joint Press Availability
President Bush Meets with Training, Internships, Exchanges and Scholarship (TIES) Recipients
March 13, 2007
President Bush and President Calderón of Mexico Exchange Dinner Toasts
President Bush and President Calderón of Mexico Exchange Luncheon Toasts
Press Briefing by Tony Snow and Dan Fisk
Press Briefing by Dan Bartlett, Counselor to the President
President Bush and President Calderón Participate in Arrival Ceremony
March 12, 2007
President Bush and President Berger of Guatemala Participate in Joint Press Availability
President Bush and President Berger of Guatemala Participate in Arrival Ceremony
President Bush Visits Labradores Mayas
March 11, 2007
Press Gaggle by Dan Fisk and Tom Shannon
President Bush Participates in Roundtable on Afro-Colombian Outreach
President Bush and President Uribe of Colombia Participate in a Joint Press Availability
President Bush and President Uribe of Colombia Exchange Toasts
March 9, 2007
President Bush and President Lula of Brazil Discuss Biofuel Technology
President Bush Participates in a Joint Press Availability with President Lula of Brazil
President Bush Participates in a Community Roundtable in Brazil
Press Briefing by Dan Fisk, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs, NSC
March 8, 2007
Press Gaggle by Steve Hadley, Dan Bartlett and Tony Snow
March 8-14, 2007
Mrs. Bush's Visit to Latin America