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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
April 21, 2001

Fact Sheet President's Speech at the Summit of the Americas

"We have a great vision before us: a fully democratic hemisphere, bound together by good will and free trade.  That is a tall order.  It is also the chance of a lifetime.  And it is the responsibility we share."

President George W. Bush
April 21, 2001

On April 21, 2001 President Bush, attending the third Summit of the Americas, with 33 other Western Hemisphere leaders in Quebec, Canada, outlined his vision for making this the Century of the Americas.  The President stressed the importance of strengthened relations between the United States and the other nations of the Hemisphere, and the imperative of democracy.  In his speech, the President introduced his Administration's initiatives that aim to strengthen democracy, facilitate free trade, and promote human capital development throughout the Hemisphere.  The President highlighted the following themes and initiatives:

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