2015-04-13: The 7th Summit of the Americas: US participation and a historic meeting



Reference links from the site: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/04/12/seventh-summit-americas-presidents-trip-and-historic-meeting



US Participation in the 7th Summit of the Americas – published 2015-04-11



“Support to civil society


“highlighted the importance of updating transparency laws” - "reform"


“to accept the Trade Facilitation Agreement prior to the December 2015”  (World Trade Organization)


“announced $68 million in new programs to increase training, educational, and job opportunities for at-risk youth in Central America and the Caribbean.”


“announced the United States will work with its partners to expand “Small Business Network of the Americas” (SBNA) so that it can independently help micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises, and entrepreneurs, and increase opportunities for growth.”


“encouraged the region’s business leaders to get involved in advancing the “100,000 Strong in the Americas” initiative to prepare young people with thelinguistic and cultural competencies they will need to succeed in our increasingly interconnected region.”


“The President and several leaders committed to double the collective share of non-hydro renewable energy (including solar, wind, geothermal, and sustainable, non-traditional biomass) in the Americas’ electricity mix by 2030.”


“The President also called on leaders to aggressively phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies





US Change of Policy towards Cuba - published 2014-12-17







2015-01-30 :$1 Billion Plan for Central America to be brought to the US Congress



Joe Biden, Vice President of the US: A Plan for Central America





Roberta S. Jacobson, 

US Department of State

Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs



Department of State retweeted

Roberta Jacobson ‏@WHAAsstSecty  Jan30

FACT SHEET: Promoting Prosperity, Security and Good Governance in Central America | The White House:

Link to fact sheet  @whitehouse



Link to fact sheet

The White House

Office of the Vice President

January 29, 2015


“Today, the Administration announced that the President will request an historic $1 billion as part of his Fiscal Year 2016 Budget to contribute to the evolution of an economically-integrated Central America". (...)


“The President’s request aligns the resources necessary to help the leaders of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras implement systemic reforms that address the lack of economic opportunity, the absence of strong institutions, and the extreme levels of violence that have held the region back at a time of prosperity for the rest of the Western Hemisphere. “


“While the United States is investing significant resources, the success of this effort will depend far more on the readiness of Central American governments to continue to demonstrate political will and undertake substantial political and economic commitments to bring about positive change in the region.  We are encouraged that the Central American governments – and the Northern Triangle countries in particular – have taken concrete actions to further this objective.  This includes developing their own Alliance for Prosperity Strategy – unveiled on November 14, 2014 at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) – that commits resources to advance strategic goals in sectors such as education, energy, tax regulation and business regulations.”


“U.S. funding will support a whole-of-government approach to address three overarching lines of action: 1) Promoting prosperity and regional economic integration; 2) Enhancing security; and 3) Promoting improved governance.  “



“Examples of current and planned activities include: “