"Latin America is only going to become more important to the United States, especially to our economy," President Obama said after a meeting and news conference with Chilean President Sebastian Piñera. "Trade between the United States and Latin America has surged. We buy more of your goods and products than any other country, and we invest more in this region than any other country…. In other words, when Latin America is more prosperous, the United States is more prosperous.
"With no other region does the United States have so many connections. And nowhere do we see that more than in the tens of millions of Hispanic Americans across the United States, who enrich our society, grow our economy and strengthen our nation every single day," President Obama .
Osee Lieberman & Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada, President of the Republic of Bolivia
The Halsten Enterprise led by Osee Lieberman attended Reception.
Hearing former Bolivian Head of State
In 1979, Mr. Sánchez de Lozada served in the Chamber of Deputies representing the department of Cochabamba and after two terms, he was elected Senator and then President of the Senate. His career in public service led him to the executive branch where he became Minister of Planning and Coordination in the administration of President Victor Paz Estenssoro. During this time Mr. Sánchez de Lozada gained national and international recognition as author of the 1985 economic program that brought Bolivia’s 25,000% p.a. hyperinflation under control and laid the foundations for future economic stability and growth. In 1989, after being selected presidential candidate at the convention of his party, the MNR (Nationalist Revolutionary Movement), he won the election by a small margin but a Congressional run-off resulted in the selection of the candidate third in the popular vote.
In 1993, Mr. Sánchez de Lozada won the general election by a landslide and was inaugurated as the 61st President of Bolivia. He served from August of 1993 until August of 1997 and implemented the “Plan de Todos” (Plan for Everyone), based on profound economic, social and political reforms: Popular Participation, Administrative Decentralization, Education Reform, Capitalization of State-Owned Enterprises, Pension Reform, Constitutional and Judicial Reform. Mr. Sánchez de Lozada also won the 2002 Presidential election and was sworn in for a second period on August 6, 2002.
In October, 2003, he was forced to resign the presidency and now resides in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, where he continues to be an advocate for democracy and its return to Bolivia.