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U.S.-Latin America Business Promotion Tour


Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 23, 2011

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Under Secretary for Economic, Energy, and Agricultural Affairs Robert D. Hormats will deliver opening remarks at the U.S.-Latin America Business Promotion Tour kickoff event. The event will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel, Salon B, 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. on Monday, September 26, at 9:45 a.m.

A press availability will be held by the Chiefs of Mission participating in the tour – U.S. Ambassador to Colombia P. Michael McKinley, U.S. Ambassador to Panama Phyllis M. Powers, U.S. Ambassador to Chile Alejandro Wolff, U.S. Ambassador to Peru Rose M. Likins, and U.S. Chargé d’Affaires to Brazil Todd Chapman. Business Council for International Understanding Board Chairman Ralph Gerson will also participate. The press availability will be held in the Smithson Room at 11:45 a.m.

These events are open to the press. Media representatives may attend upon presentation of a media-issued photo identification card. Please RSVP to Shelby Thompson at (202) 595-2668 or s-thompson@bciu.org.

Pre-set time for cameras for the opening session is 8:45 a.m.

Final access time for writers and stills is 9:30 a.m.

Pre-set time for cameras for the press availability is 11:00 a.m.

Final access time for writers and stills is 11:30 a.m.

Please note: The Chiefs of Mission will participate in open press events in each city on the tour. The current schedule follows. Check here for updates.

Follow the tour on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/State.WesternHemisphereAffairs and Twitter @WHAAsstSecty#NEItour.

The U.S.-Latin America Business Promotion Tour – sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the Business Council for International Understanding, with assistance from the Export-Import Bank of the United States – will promote business and export opportunities in Latin America in support of the President’s National Export Initiative (NEI). The NEI is a government-wide effort to double U.S. exports and support two million U.S. jobs by 2015. From September 26 to 30, U.S. Chiefs of Mission will travel in two groups to Memphis, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, Houston, and Chicago to meet with business leaders and entrepreneurs, and promote business engagement in Latin America.

PRESS CONTACT:

Darla Jordan
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
(202) 531-5678
WHAPress@State.Gov

U.S.-Latin America Business Promotion Tour
Schedule of Open Press Events
September 27 to 30, 2011

Tuesday, September 27 – Detroit, Michigan

9:00 a.m. Open Session – Breakfast Discussion: Business Opportunities in Latin America

Detroit Regional Chamber, One Woodward Ave., Suite 1900, Detroit, MI

(Due to space limitations, cameras and stills only.)

10:30 a.m. Press Availability – Participants: U.S. Ambassador to Colombia P. Michael

McKinley, U.S. Ambassador to Panama Phyllis M. Powers, and Business Council for International Understanding Senior Vice President Jeff Donald

Detroit Regional Chamber, One Woodward Ave., Suite 1900, Detroit, MI

(Camera pre-set: 10:00 a.m.; Final access for writers and stills: 10:15 a.m.)

Please RSVP to Wendy Nodge at wnodge@detroitchamber.com or (313) 596-0336 to attend.

Tuesday, September 27 – Memphis, Tennessee

9:15 a.m. Press Availability – Participants: U.S. Ambassador to Chile Alejandro Wolff,

U.S. Ambassador to Peru Rose Likins, U.S. Charge d’Affaires to Brazil Todd

Chapman, and Business Council for International Understanding Senior Managing Director Vicki Weil

Greenway Building, 3040 Independent Road, Memphis, TN

(Camera pre-set: 8:45 a.m.; Final access for writers and stills: 9:00 a.m.)

Please RSVP to Scott Fiedler at safiedler@fedex.com or (901) 434-4824 by September 26 to attend. Pre-registration and credentialing is required.

Wednesday, September 28 – Houston, Texas

2:00 p.m. Press Availability – Participants: U.S. Representative Kevin Brady, U.S.

Ambassador to Colombia P. Michael McKinley, U.S. Ambassador to Panama Phyllis M. Powers, and Greater Houston Partnership Vice-Chairman Anthony Chase

Greater Houston Partnership, 1200 Smith St, Houston, TX

(Camera pre-set: 1:30 p.m.; Final access for writers and stills: 1:45 p.m.)

Please RSVP to Micah Hirschfield at mhirschfield@houston.org or (713) 844-3642 to attend.

Wednesday, September 28 – Los Angeles, California

8:00 a.m. Open Session – Breakfast Discussion: Business Opportunities in Latin America Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, 350 S. Bixel Street, Los Angeles, CA

(Due to space limitations, cameras and stills only.)

10:20 a.m. Press Availability – Participants: U.S. Ambassador to Chile Alejandro Wolff,

U.S. Ambassador to Peru Rose Likins, U.S. Charge d’Affaires to Brazil Todd

Chapman, and Business Council for International Understanding Senior Managing Director Vicki Weil

Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, 350 S. Bixel Street, Los Angeles, CA

(Camera pre-set: 9:50 a.m.; Final access for writers and stills: 10:05 a.m.)

Please RSVP to Alejandro Guzman at aguzman@lachamber.com or (213) 580-7544 to attend.

Friday, September 30 – Chicago, Illinois

8:00 a.m. Open Session – Breakfast Discussion: Business Opportunities in Latin America

Baker & McKenzie, 130 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL

(Due to space limitations, cameras and stills only.)

9:45 a.m. Press Availability – Participants: U.S. Ambassador to Colombia P. Michael

McKinley, U.S. Ambassador to Panama Phyllis M. Powers, and Business Council

for International Understanding Senior Vice President Jeff Donald

Baker & McKenzie, 130 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL

(Camera pre-set: 9:15 a.m.; Final access for writers and stills: 9:30 a.m.)

Please RSVP to Richard Paullin at rpaullin@itagc.org or (773) 725-1106 to attend.

Friday, September 30 – San Francisco, California

9:45 a.m. Press Availability – Participants: Lieutenant Governor of California Gavin

Newsom, U.S. Ambassador to Chile Alejandro Wolff, U.S. Ambassador to Peru Rose Likins, and U.S. Charge d’Affaires to Brazil Todd Chapman

Bay Area Council, 201 California Street, 14th Floor, San Francisco, CA

(Camera pre-set: 9:15 a.m.; Final access for writers and stills: 9:30 a.m.)

Please RSVP to Rufus Jeffris at rjeffris@bayareacouncil.org or (415) 946-8725 to attend.



PRN: 2011/1580



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