SaborUSA presented several leading gastronomic products from the U.S.

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga shared the culinary experience SaborUSA with hundreds of Guatemalans, who presented various leading American products to the local market, as part of the close commercial relationship between the U.S. and Guatemala. The activity is organized by U.S. Department of Agriculture to offer locally some of the best products in the United …

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Ambassador participated in the inauguration of VisitUSA Travel and Tourism

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga participated in the inauguration of “VisitUSA Travel and Tourism,” which is an event aimed at travel agents, companies that promote tourism to the U.S., and representatives of U.S. destinations, focused mainly on the icon cities of Chicago, New York, and Miami. When you travel to the U.S. legally, with a tourist …

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Bipartisan delegation of the United States Congress visited Guatemala

A bipartisan delegation of the United States Congress, headed by the president of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi and made up of 13 congressmen, arrived in Guatemala to meet with various sectors of the country and discuss bilateral cooperation. The delegation met with representatives of civil society, government, international organizations and the private sector. …

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A Bold New Approach to Reduce Irregular Migration

By Luis E. Arreaga, U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala The United States and Guatemala have long enjoyed a close relationship centered on our shared pursuit of mutual interests.  For decades, we have supported Guatemala’s return to democracy and helped to strengthen rule of law.  We have collaborated to increase prosperity by working with governments past and …

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Visit to “Beyond the Horizon” exercise in Huehuetenango

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga visited Huehuetenango together with the President of the Government of Guatemala, the Commissioner of PRONACOM, and the Minister of Defense, to learn about the progress of the exercise “Beyond The Horizon 2019,” a training between the U.S. Army  and the Guatemalan Army to respond to natural disasters. Members of the U.S. …

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Access alumni from Cobán met with Ambassador Arreaga

During his visit to Alta Verapaz, Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga met alumni of the Access English program, who shared their their entrepreneurship projects and their success stories with him. The parents of these young people, who participate in the different English programs supported by the State Department, shared with the Ambassador how the integral training …

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Ambassador attends Rabín Ajaw’s election

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga visited Cobán where he attended the election event of Rabín Ajaw, Daughter of the King. During his speech, he recognized the enormous potential of this event to promote an inclusive democracy that respects cultural diversity. The Ambassador emphasized the importance of working with indigenous communities to increase the country’s prosperity. We …

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Commemoration of U.S. Independence Day

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga celebrated U.S. Independence Day at a special civic ceremony of the Municipality of Guatemala, together with Mayor Ricardo Quiñonez and 600 students from various educational centers, where he spoke about the long friendship between Guatemala and the U.S., and the democratic values shared by both nations. The Ambassador emphasized the importance …

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Ambassador Arreaga and members of the international community participate as Electoral Observers

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga, Deputy Chief of Mission David Hodge and members of the diplomatic team of the U.S. Embassy formed 28 teams of observers who went to the voting centers of different departments of Guatemala to support a free and fair electoral exercise and participate in the citizenship of the Guatemalans who arrive at …

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Overseas Security Advisory Council Annual Conference

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga participated in the inauguration of the Annual Conference of the Overseas Security Advisory Council OSAC to address the region’s security challenges. This conference brings together security experts from this Embassy with AmCham Guatemala members and public / private sector professionals to discuss common challenges in the Northern Triangle and Belize. The …

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100K Strong Innovation Fund in the Americas Reception

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga offered a reception to celebrate new grants from the 100K Strong Innovation Fund in the Americas. Thanks to Cementos Progreso, university projects will be developed in engineering, natural resources, environment, adaptation to climate change, ecotourism, and others. Alliances such as the Innovation Fund with Guatemalan companies are vital to increase connectivity …

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Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga’s Remarks in the sixth Teacher Training Sessions

6 de abril 2019 Señora Representante de la Junta Directiva de la Facultad de Humanidades, Licenciada Maria Elvira Orozco de García; Jefe de la Sección de Idiomas, Licenciado Francisco Puac; Señores presentadores y docentes del sexto Teacher Training Sessions de la Ciudad de Guatemala, Buenos días. What a great pleasure to be here with so …

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Visit to the first Intermediate House of the New Correctional Model for Youth

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated with President Morales and the First Lady in a visit to the first Intermediate House of the New Correctional Model for Youth in San José Pinula, implemented by the Secretary of Social Welfare of the Presidency. The Intermediate House is the first its kind in Central America that represents a New …

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Meeting with Pronacom and the private sector

Ambassador Luis Arreaga and members of the private sector learned about the discussions held by the Commissioner of Pronacom, Víctor Asturias, with the indigenous authorities of the highlands where they presented their concerns and proposals to improve the scope of the Alliance for Prosperity Plan. He also urged representatives of the private sector to collaborate …

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Visit of Rear Admiral Peter Gautier of the U.S. Coast Guard

Ambassador Luis Arreaga and Rear Admiral Peter Gautier of the U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest met with representatives of the Guatemalan Army to discuss the benefits of a safe and prosperous maritime environment and the commitment of US support to the Guatemalan Navy for its continuous development. International collaboration plays an important role in anti-narcotics …

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USAID’s “Dynamic Leaders Closing Gaps” Forum on International Women’s Day

In commemoration of International Women’s Day, Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the forum “Dynamic Leaders Closing Gaps” that celebrates advances and contributions from the U.S. and its development partners in favor of women and their efforts for a more inclusive society with prosperity, security and good governance in Guatemala. “The efforts have been positive, but …

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Ambassador Arreaga spoke with Wendy Miranda

Since his arrival in Guatemala in October 2017, Ambassador Luis Arreaga decided to take time out of his diplomatic agenda to meet distinguished Guatemalans, who are making positive changes in their communities and throughout the country. To commemorate Women’s History Month in the U.S., Ambassador Arreaga spoke with Wendy Miranda, an electronics engineer with a …

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Young Guatemalans participated in NASA’s Zero Robotics tournament

Ambassador Luis Arreaga recently delivered the official diplomas of the Zero Robotics tournament created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration and European Space Agency, to several of the young Guatemalans who participated in the competition, along with the coordinator of the program, former Hubert Humphrey, Wendy Miranda. …

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U.S. Congress representatives visited Guatemala

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga welcomed Congress representatives Thomas Carper, Jeff Merkley, Lou Correa, Don Beyer, Lisa Blunt Rochester, and Donald Norcross on their visit to Guatemala. The delegation visited the country to discuss the relationship between both nations and how to create more prosperity, citizen security, and good governance for all Guatemalans. They met with …

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Ambassador Arreaga talked with the entrepreneur Marvin Cardona of Huehuetenango

During his trip to Huehuetenango, Ambassador Luis Arreaga met Marvin Cardona, an agronomist and entrepreneur from Aguacatán, who three years ago tried to illegally migrate to the United States, but was deported from Mexico before reaching the border. Since his return, Marvin began working with the MIPFuturo project, implemented by Agropecuaria Popoyán with the support …

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Ambassador Arreaga participated in Alliance for Prosperity Plan meeting

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the meeting of the Consultative Group of the Alliance for Prosperity Plan convened by Commissioner Asturias of Pronacom, which brought together representatives of the Government of Guatemala, the private sector, civil society, and the international community. During his participation, the Ambassador highlighted the pillars on which the US Strategy focuses: …

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Ambassador Arreaga and Mayor Quiñónez present the “Prosperous Neighborhood” program

Ambassador Arreaga and Mayor Quiñónez met to reaffirm the cooperative relationship between the Municipality of Guatemala and U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Intl Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL) with the launching of the Prosperous Neighborhood program and the signing of a letter of understanding between both institutions. This program will focus on strengthening communities …

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Medical Readiness Training Exercise in Retalhuleu

Ambassador Luis Arreaga and US Major General Mark H. Berry, together with authorities of the Guatemalan Army, visited the Medical Readiness Training Exercise that both countries are carrying out in the department of Retalhuleu. The Arkansas National Guard together with the Army and Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare of Guatemala provided primary care …

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Ambassador Arreaga and Commissioner Asturias visited Huehuetenango

Ambassador Luis Arreaga and Commissioner Victor Asturias of Pronacom visited Huehuetenango to learn about several of the projects of the United States Embassy in the region. One of them is the Centro para Jóvenes en Aguacatán, where USAID Guatemala and its World Vision partners provide learning opportunities in basic and technological education. They had the …

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Visit of Congress Representatives Byrne, Bordallo, and Torres to Guatemala

U.S. Congress Representatives Bradley Byrne, Madeleine Bordallo, and Norma Torres visited Guatemala and, together with Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga, met with Attorney General Consuelo Porras at the Public Ministry of Guatemala, where they received a guided tour of the Prosecutor’s Office Against Extortion. Since the creation of this office in 2017, the U.S. has supported …

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SaborUSA presented several leading U.S. products to the local market

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga shared with hundreds of Guatemalans the successful SaborUSA experience, which presented several leading U.S. products to the local market, as part of the close commercial relationship between the U.S. and Guatemala. During the event, the official toured different stands in which he showed the fusion of the talent of prominent Guatemalan …

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Art in the Embassies Program

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga and his wife Mary Arreaga celebrated the importance of Art in a cultural exchange at the official residence as part of the Art in the Embassies program from the U.S. Department of State, that creates an intercultural dialogue on mutual understanding through Visual Arts and the dynamic exchange of artists. The …

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Inauguration of the Emergency Operations Center

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the inauguration of the Emergency Operations Center of Conred with the support of Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance. The U.S. contributed US $ 150,000 to build the new decision-making room of said center, which will be used by the Emergency Council of the Government of Guatemala in case of …

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Visit of guitarist Randall Zwally

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the concert offered by professor and guitarist Randall Zwally as an initiative to share the history and culture of the United States, and inspire young people to find in art a tool of prosperity. Young people from zone 21 that are part of the ensemble of guitars of the Municipality …

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Sesame Street in Escuintla

Ambassador Luis Arreaga and Mrs. Arreaga attended the workshop given by the Sesame Street Foundation, aimed at the victims of the Volcán de Fuego tragedy, which took place at the UNICEF shelter, located at the Armando Barillas National Stadium in Escuintla. Elmo, Lola, Abby and the Cookie Monster traveled to Guatemala to share with survivors …

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“Denuncia La Trata” campaign launch with USAID Guatemala support

On the World Day Against Trafficking, Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the launch of the “Denuncia La Trata” campaign accompanied by representatives of the Human Rights Ombudsman, the Judicial Branch of Guatemala, the Public Prosecutor of Guatemala, the PGN Guatemala, SVET and the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare. Guatemala is a place of origin, …

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SPMAGTF Task Force in Petén

Ambassador Luis Arreaga traveled to Petén and Belize in a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter that is part of the vehicles used by theSPMAGTF Task Force organized by U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) for the humanitarian assistance exercises carried out in the country together with other partners in the region. Part of the bilateral cooperation actions focused …

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Ambassador spoke with youth from the Altiplano who participate in USAID Guatemala projects

Ambassador Luis Arreaga spoke with young people from the Altiplano who participate in different USAID Guatemala projects who shared their challenges, aspirations and perspective on development issues. During the meeting they also discussed the search for opportunities to be protagonists of prosperity in their communities, talked about citizen participation, access to public services, educational achievements, …

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Ambassador met with the Indigenous Authority of Chichicastenango

Ambassador Luis Arreaga met with the Indigenous Authority of Chichicastenango to learn about the efforts to promote citizen participation and access to justice for indigenous people. Inclusive development and good governance are essential to guarantee equal opportunities for all citizens. We support through USAID Guatemala the inclusive dialogue that promotes the prosperity and sustainability of …

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Local Nexus of USAID Guatemala in Sacapulas, Quiché promotes transparent municipal governments

Ambassador Luis Arreaga visited Sacapulas, Quiché, where he observed the work done by USAID Guatemala through Local Nexus to promote transparent municipal governments that seek to improve the socioeconomic conditions of the population in an effective and inclusive manner and strengthen good governance. The Ambassador met the mayor of Sacapulas, and visited the municipal water …

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PROINNOVA Project for Agricultural Value Chains of USAID Guatemala

During his visit to Quiché, Ambassador Luis Arreaga visited the project Innovative Solutions for Agricultural Value Chains of USAID Guatemala and the Feed The Future initiative of the US Government, which seeks to improve the quality of life of families in the Altiplano. The beneficiaries and executors of the program presented the Ambassador with  demonstration …

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Ambassador receives guided tour of Chichicastenango by Access students

Ambassador Luis Arreaga visited the handicraft market of Chichicastenango on a guided tour by two young Access alumni, who demonstrated the skills acquired by being part of this English scholarship program. One of Access’s goals is to increase the educational and employment opportunities of its graduates by learning the English language. The Ambassador also met …

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Ambassador participates in Civic Municipal program commemorating the 4th of July

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga participated with the Mayor of Guatemala City, Ricardo Quiñónez, and students from five educational establishments in the Municipal Civic Program organized by the Municipality of Guatemala, which this month is dedicated to the celebration of Independence of the United States. The Ambassador pointed out that on July 4 we not only …

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Memorial Day commemoration ceremony

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the commemoration ceremony of Memorial Day in gratitude to those who have given their lives in the service of the United States. War Day or Memorial Day is a federal commemorative date that takes place in the United States of America on the last Monday of May of each year, …

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Launch of the Antiretroviral Treatment Quick Start Strategy

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the launch of the Antiretroviral Treatment Quick Start Strategy of the Comprehensive Care Unit for HIV and Chronic Infections Dr. Carlos Rodolfo Mejía Villatoro of Hospital Roosevelt. This strategy, implemented by the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, aims to get people with HIV to start treatment within a maximum of …

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Allied Humanitarian Forces Exercise (FAHUM)

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the exercise of Allied Humanitarian Forces (FAHUM) in Guatemala in collaboration with the US Southern Command in a practice to evaluate and increase the response capacity of the Government of Guatemala in the face of a major humanitarian disaster. The US is committed to work in coordination with the Government …

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Welcome reception to TechCamp Guatemala

Ambassador Luis Arrega participated in the welcome reception at TechCamp Guatemala. This initiative of the State Department brings together young leaders from Latin America to promote the use of technology to promote transparency and accountability, strengthen democracy, good governance and the fight against corruption, while seeking to contribute to the objectives of the Summit of …

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Ambassador Arrega participated in OSAC Security Conference

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the opening of the Annual Conference of the Advisory Council on Security Abroad OSAC 13 that will address challenges of the region in security issues. Central America is a rich, diverse region with enormous potential that will not be achieved unless there is more foreign investment, cooperation between the public-private …

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USAID’s Project “Creating New Economic Opportunities”

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated with officials of the Government of Guatemala in the launch of USAID Guatemala’s project “Creating new Economic Opportunities,” seeking to create economic opportunities in the Western Highlands with focus on investment and competitiveness. The national and foreign investment and the boost of the competitiveness in the country are determinant to generate …

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Inauguration of the new central offices of the Sex Crimes Investigation Department

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the inauguration of the new headquarters of the Sexual Crimes Investigation Department of the PNC of Guatemala as part of the support through U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Intl Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL) to citizen security. The inauguration of these facilities marks the renewal of the fight against …

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Signing of Memorandum of Understanding with the Supreme Electoral Tribunal

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the United States and Guatemala to support the Supreme Electoral Tribunal TSE as part of our commitment to contribute to a free, fair, and transparent electoral process under good governance. We congratulate the TSE Guatemala for the initiative to promote reforms in favor …

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Commemoration of Tuberculosis Day

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the event to commemorate Tuberculosis Day, organized with the support of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance, PEPFAR Central America, CDC, and University Research Co. “Looking for Leaders for a world free of Tuberculosis” is the theme of this year, which focuses on the commitment of all sectors, …

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Ambassador Arreaga learns about investment programs in Guatemala

Ambassador Luis Arreaga visited 4 Grados Norte where he shared with several entrepreneurs and investors who are working to create an ecosystem of “Angel Investment” that promotes the investment of risk capital as support for entrepreneurship in Guatemala. During the meeting, the entrepreneurs showed the Ambassador business that uses technology to solve common challenges in …

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Ambassador Arreaga visits USAID projects in Petén

Ambassador Luis Arreaga and Director John Beed of USAID Guatemala visited an area of ​​forest concessions in Uaxactún to learn how this conservation model has impacted the protection of natural and cultural resources, as well as the prosperity and security of their communities. Forest concessions are successful models for the conservation of biodiversity through the …

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Inauguration of the Integral Care Model with support from USAID

In the framework of the commemoration of International Women’s Day, Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated with the Attorney General Thelma Aldana at the inauguration of the new Integral Attention Model (MAI) of the Public Ministry, which will ensure that Guatemalan women and children have unlimited access to better justice services, with full respect for their rights …

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Ambassador Nikki Haley visited Guatemala

The Ambassador of the United States to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, visited Guatemala on the last days of the month of February. Within her agenda, she held a meeting with President Jimmy Morales, Commissioner Iván Velásquez of CICIG and Attorney General Thelma Aldana. In addition, along with Ambassador Luis Arreaga, she had the opportunity …

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Inauguration of the Higher Risk Appeals Chamber with support from USAID / INL

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the inauguration of the Higher Risk and Extinction of Appeals Chamber of the Judicial Branch of Guatemala, which will resolve legal recourses to expedite complex criminal proceedings. This chamber was created with support from USAID Guatemala and U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Intl Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL) GT, …

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Ambassador participates in a conversation with university students

Ambassador Luis Arreaga offered the presentation “The Ethics as a bulwark of Democracy” in the Week of Ethics at the Rafael Landívar University. During his participation, the Ambassador also discussed how citizens should create and promote a culture of legality with the daily exercise of an ethical life. Therefore, he explained that if a society …

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Speech of Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga – Amcham, Challenges and Opportunities

February 15, 2018 Excelentísimo Presidente de la República de Guatemala, Jimmy Morales; excelentísimo Presidente del Congreso de Guatemala, Álvaro Arzú; honorables representantes del Gobierno de Guatemala; Presidente de AmCham, Licenciado Juan Pablo Carrasco; excelentísima Ministra de Relaciones Exteriores, Sandra Jovel; excelentísimo Ministro de Economía, Acisclo Valladares; señores de los medios de comunicación; distinguidos invitados: Muy …

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Ambassador Arreaga participated in Amcham’s “Challenges and Opportunities” event

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the “Challenges and Opportunities” event organized by AmCham Guatemala, in which he highlighted U.S. investments as a sign of confidence in a Guatemala that fights against corruption. Among the examples cited, the Ambassador mentioned the four American hotel chains that inaugurated facilities in the country in 2017, after 10 years …

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Ambassador is introduced to the new digital platform for Plan of the Alliance for Prosperity

Ambassador Luis Arreaga visited the offices of Pronacom where the Commissioner and Minister of Economy, Acisclo Valladares, presented the advances in the Plan of the Alliance for Prosperity and the new platform that presents the strategy of the Government of Guatemala. The new digital platform to follow up on the plan, shows in detail the …

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Ambassador Arreaga visited the Prosecutor’s Office against Crime and Extortion

Ambassador Luis Arreaga visited the Office of the Prosecutor against Crime and Extortion along with USAID Guatemala authorities to learn more about their results and work methodology. This prosecutor’s office has carried out seven large-scale operations since 2016, in which more than 680 people accused of extortion have been captured, which represents a strategic attack …

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Inauguration of Modernization and Security initiatives on the border Guatemala / El Salvador

The Governments of El Salvador and Guatemala, with the support of the United States, inaugurated the infrastructure improvements carried out at the borders of La Hachadura, on the side of El Salvador, and Pedro de Alvarado, on the Guatemalan side, which facilitate trade, customs control, security, and attention to users and migrants. The work done …

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Ambassador Arreaga met with technical team of the Plan of the Alliance for Prosperity

Ambassador Luis Arreaga met with officials from Pronacom, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Public Finance, and Segeplán, who make up the technical team of the Plan of the Alliance for Prosperity of the country. The Guatemalan officials shared with the Ambassador their progress and goals regarding the Plan, highlighting the projects to …

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Ambassador Arreaga offers reception on the topic of Security

Ambassador Luis Arreaga met with officials of the Government of Guatemala, the diplomatic corps, civil society, and the private sector to discuss joint actions that contribute to strengthening security in the country. The reception is part of a series of meetings to address the pillars of cooperation between the U.S. and Guatemala: prosperity, citizen security …

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Speech of Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga – Third National Open Government Plan

December 06, 2017 Palacio Nacional de la Cultura Señor Presidente de la República de Guatemala, Licenciado Jimmy Morales Señor Vice-Presidente de la República de Guatemala, Doctor Jafeth Cabrera Señor Presidente del Congreso de la República de Guatemala, Oscar Chinchilla Señor Presidente del Organismo Judicial, Magistrado José Antonio Pineda Barales Señora Fiscal General de la República, …

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Ambassadors of the USA, Mexico and Canada participate in film forum

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated with Ambassador Deborah Chatsis of the Embassy of Canada in Guatemala and Ambassador Luis Lopez of the Embassy of Mexico in Guatemala in the film forum entitled #JusticiaParaEllxs. This initiative unites the efforts of the three embassies, as part of the campaign of 16 Days of activism to promote Gender Equality …

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Speech of Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga – Film Forum “Justice For My Sister”

November 30, 2017 Mexican Embassy in Guatemala Excelentísimos Embajadores de Mexico y Canadá; Oficiales de Gobierno; Panelistas y expertos en temas de violencia de género; Miembros de los medios de comunicación; Distinguidos invitados; Muy Buenas tardes. A nivel mundial, una de cada tres mujeres ha sufrido violencia física o sexual. Me imagino que para las mujeres …

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Ambassador Arreaga participates in the 50th anniversary of AmCham

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of AmCham Guatemala, where he had the opportunity to thank and congratulate its members for the commitment and dedication to promote trade and investment between the United States and Guatemala, for the benefit of the citizens of both countries. This joint collaboration has served …

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Speech of Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga – 50th Anniversary of Amcham Guatemala

November 29, 2017. Buenas tardes a todos y muchas felicidades por su 50avo aniversario. Dado que este es mi primer evento oficial con la Cámara, lo primero que quiero hacer es agradecer a los miembros, y especialmente a junta directiva  por su compromiso y dedicación. Nos enorgullece que ésta es una de las cámaras bilaterales …

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Vice President of OPIC and Ambassador Arreaga meet with President Morales

The Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Ryan Brennan, confirmed in a meeting with the President of the Government of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales and Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga, a US investment plan of $1 billion in the countries of the Northern Triangle (El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras) in order to create 10 thousand …

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Ambassador Arreaga hosted reception on “Gender and Marketing”

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga hosted a reception for Guatemalan and American businessmen/women and creative experts in Social Marketing. During the event, the Ambassador urged guests to produce campaigns that empower women to impact the prosperity and cultural change of the country, as well as highlight the responsibility of entrepreneurs, creatives and, media as agents of …

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Speech of Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga – Social Marketing focused on Gender Equity

November 28, 2017 Buenas noches y bienvenidos. Es para mí un placer estar con ustedes esta noche. Quiero agradecer en particular la presencia de nuestros invitados de honor, Jess Weiner  Gerente General de Talk to Jess;  Diane Reichenberger – Vice Presidenta de Estrategia Global de Mattel;  Kendra Smith – artista y atleta reconocida y a …

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Ambassador Arreaga participated in the Peace Corps swearing-in ceremony

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the Swearing Ceremony of 36 new volunteers from Peace Corps Guatemala. The Ambassador congratulated the new volunteers and wished them a fantastic experience in Guatemala. They join more than 5,000 volunteers who have served this country since 1963 and will work together with Guatemalans who have given a testimony of …

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Speech of Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga – Swearing in of 36 new volunteers

November 28, 2017. Sr. Craig Badger, Director de País; Sra. Carolyn Beal, Directora de Capacitación; Sres. Socios de Trabajo; Aspirantes y Voluntarios de Cuerpo de Paz; Personal de Cuerpo de Paz Buenos días. Primero que todo quiero felicitar al nuevo grupo que se convertirá en Voluntarios, en este día de su juramentación. Me enorgullece ser parte de la tradición …

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Speech by Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga – Exposición Sabor USA, Xela

Quetzaltenango, 18 de noviembre de 2017 Señor Alcalde, Licenciado Luis Grijalva; Señoras y Señores Expositores; Señoras y Señores Miembros de la Prensa; Público que nos acompaña. Muy Buenos días a todos. Les agradecemos enormemente que nos acompañen en este importante evento; espero que hayan tenido la oportunidad de probar algunos de los alimentos en la …

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Speech by Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga – Pre-event reception Sabor USA, Xela

Quetzaltenango 17 de noviembre 2017 Buenas noches a todos. Muchísimas gracias por acompañarnos esta noche. Esta es la primera vez que visito Xela en muchísimos  años y estoy muy contento y emocionado de estar aquí porque mi mamá nació no muy lejos de aquí en Olintepeque. También me complace participar en el lanzamiento de “Sabor …

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Ambassador Arreaga offers reception for prosperity

Ambassador Luis Arreaga met with officials from the Government of Guatemala, the Diplomatic Corps, Civil Society and the Private Sector to discuss joint actions to boost the country’s prosperity. Prosperity is one of the pillars of the United States Strategy with Central America and a key component of the Alliance for Prosperity. Ambassador Arreaga mentioned …

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Speech of Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga – Prosperity Reception

November 21, 2017 Chief of Mission Residence Buenas noches, sean todos bienvenidos. Considero un gran honor representar al Gobierno de los Estados Unidos en Guatemala, un país que es muy especial para mí. Desde mi llegada, me han preguntado muchas veces sobre las prioridades de los Estados Unidos para Guatemala. Puedo asegurarles que nuestros objetivos …

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Speech of Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga – Opening ceremony National Teachers Conference NTC

November 2nd. 2017 IGA administration and faculty; Ministry of Education officials; Presenters; teachers; students. Friends all Good morning!  It is a great pleasure to be with you today at the 36th annual National Teachers Conference. This year’s theme, “Different Cultures, One Classroom” serves as a great reminder of the world we live in and the …

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Ambassador Arreaga participates in the Latin American Impact Investment Forum

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the Latin American Forum on Impact Investment in Central America and the Caribbean, in which he called on participants, including the private sector, government, universities and civil society, to join together for a more supportive Guatemala that works towards finding the solutions of common challenges to build the prosperity.

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Ambassador Arreaga attends National Teachers Conference

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the opening ceremony of the National Teachers Conference for English instructors, organized annually by Instituto Guatemalteco Americano IGA. This year, the conference celebrates its 36th edition entitled “Different Cultures, One Classroom”, a theme highlighted by Ambassador Arreaga, embodies its richness in the role of teachers as promoters of the importance …

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Ambassador Arreaga at the inauguration of the National Employment Fair

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated at the inauguration of the National Employment Fair, along with the President of the Government of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales and Minister Leticia Teleguario of the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare. The event was also attended by representatives of other sectors, such as Mr. Antonio Malouf, president of Cacif and Mr. …

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Ambassador Arreaga met with AmCham Guatemala

Ambassador Luis Arreaga spoke with representatives of AmCham Guatemala in a meeting that focused on issues of economic strengthening, free market between Guatemala and the United States, Amcham’s efforts to meet the needs of its more than 500 member companies, and the struggle against corruption. The United States Embassy works closely with our Guatemalan partners …

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Ambassador Arreaga met with CACIF and FUNDESA

Ambassador Luis Arreaga met with members of CACIF and FUNDESA to discuss the importance of the fight against corruption and impunity for a favorable investment climate for the country. The Ambassador also emphasized the support of the United States and the joint efforts of the various sectors of the country to facilitate trade, promote education …

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Ambassador Arreaga met with Indigenous Leaders

Ambassador Luis Arreaga had the opportunity to speak with leaders of indigenous communities about the importance of continuing to work on public policies that promote social inclusion, strengthen respect for human rights and promote a more tolerant and equitable society with opportunities for everybody. Indigenous leaders and the Ambassador agreed on the importance of investing …

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Ambassador Arreaga met with representatives from Civil Society

Ambassador Luis Arreaga met with representatives of different civil society organizations where he established a dialogue on the role of Citizen Participation to promote transparency initiatives that promote accountability to respond to the needs of Guatemalans. The United States considers the presence of Civil Society in the processes of transformation and democratic social reform essential. …

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Ambassador Arreaga met with Commissioner Velásquez and Attorney General Aldana

During his tour of meetings, Ambassador Luis Arreaga had the opportunity to coincide with the Attorney General and Chief of the Public Ministry of Guatemala, Thelma Aldana, and CICIG Commissioner – International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala, Ivan Velasquez. The Ambassador used the space to confirm the commitment of the United States Government to their …

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Ambassador Arreaga met with the President of the Constitutional Court

Ambassador Luis Arreaga greeted the president of the Constitutional Court, Francisco de Mata Vela in a presentation meeting. The event was an occasion in which the Ambassador emphasized the follow-up of the United States Government’s support for the important work of the Court in protecting the Guatemalan constitution, fighting the scourge of corruption and ensuring …

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Ambassador Robinson offers welcome reception to new diplomats

Ambassador Todd Robinson hosted a reception to welcome the new U.S. diplomats who will be joining the mission in Guatemala, including Deputy Chief of Mission David Hodge, the Director of U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Intl Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL) GT Hugo Guevara, and Public Affairs Counselor Stephen Posivak, among others. The Ambassador …

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Ambassador Todd Robinson participated in the 2017 VisitUSA Summit

Ambassador Todd Robinson participated in the VisitUSA Summit to promote tourism and travel to the United States. The event was developed through several days that combined business meetings, seminars and workshops that spoke about the novelties that invite to acquire different services or visit particular destinations of that country. The Ambassador had the opportunity to …

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Food Export Mission in Guatemala

Ambassador Todd Robinson hosted eight representatives of different U.S. companies visiting Guatemala as part of the trade mission organized by the Food Export Association, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Agriculture with the intention of bringing together local entrepreneurs and establishing business relationships, as part of promoting SaborUSA products. The visit also seeks to …

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Ambassador visits “Conversa 17” forum organized by former YLAI fellow

Ambassador Todd Robinson attended the forum for social design, marketing and social projects entitled “Conversa 17” in La Erre. The event was an initiative to promote social entrepreneurship in Guatemala and was organized by Diego Olivero, who is a former YLAI – Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative of the US Department of State – …

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1st Ibero-American Symposium on Environment, Civil Aviation and Climate Change

Ambassador Todd Robinson participated in the inauguration of the 1st Ibero-American Symposium on Environment, Civil Aviation and Climate Change: Flying towards Sustainability. In Montreal, during the 39th International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) assembly in September last year, Guatemala, Spain and the United States signed a trilateral partnership agreement: “Alliance for Sustainable Aviation” (ALAS), which will …

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Ambassador Robinson participates in presentation of Convention 169

Ambassador Todd Robinson participated in the presentation of Convention 169 of the International Labor Organization. This agreement contributes to Guatemala’s prosperity and governance by fostering dialogue, respect, and mutual understanding between different sectors. Indigenous peoples and the private sector should work together with the Government of Guatemala as a facilitator.

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4th of July Celebration

Ambassador Todd Robinson led the celebration of United States Independence Day. The celebration began with a unique New York-style proposal, in which Ambassador Robinson, Deputy Chief of Mission Charisse Phillips and Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala, Ana María Diéguez, approached the stage by simulating A trip in the famous yellow cabs. This year …

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Commemoration of Pride Month at the Embassy

In commemoration of Pride Month, Ambassador Todd Robinson and Deputy Chief of Mission Charisse Phillips participated in a celebration to promote equality and promote action against violence and discrimination towards the LGBTI community. The event was attended by human rights defenders in the country and representatives of LGBTI rights organizations, delegates from different institutions of the …

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Ambassador Robinson reaffirms to the press the results of the Conference for Security and Prosperity of Central America

Ambassador Todd Robinson and Deputy Chief of Mission Charisse Phillips participated in a meeting with journalists representing different media outlets to discuss the Security and Prosperity Conference (CentAm2017) in Miami, Florida. As stated by the White House at the close of the first day of the conference, the Ambassador emphasized the continued support of the …

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Ambassador meets with indigenous youth from USAID Internship Program

The USAID Guatemala Internship Program seeks to cultivate leadership and increase opportunities for indigenous youth with social commitment, willing to create prosperity for themselves and their communities. The United States responds to the commitment to support to strengthen the formation of leaders in Guatemala with programs like this one, in which we also find the …

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Ambassador Robinson presents U.S. tribute to Dr. Mejia’s Family

Ambassador Todd Robinson visited the Clinic of Infectious Diseases at Hospital Roosevelt as part of the United States’ recognition of the valuable legacy of Dr. Carlos Mejía Villatoro. He took the opportunity to thank the cooperation Dr. Mejia offered to the United States Government agencies of CDC and USAID Guatemala, and their implementing partners in the …

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Ambassador Robinson meets with Global Shapers from Guatemala

Ambassador Todd Robinson met with members of Global Shapers Guatemala City, an initiative of the World Economic Forum based in different cities around the world, which seeks to promote positive changes of high impact in Guatemala and inspire transformation, with the active participation of young leaders. Global Shapers are young enthusiasts who work in different …

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Inauguration of Welcome Hall for Returned Migrant Children

Ambassador Todd Robinson participated alongside the First Lady of Guatemala, Patricia de Morales, and the Representative of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Jorge Peraza, at the inauguration of the Welcome Hall at La Aurora International Airport, to receive Returned Migrant Children and their families. Ambassador Robinson congratulated the First Lady on her leadership in …

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“Sabor USA” promotes U.S. food products

Ambassador Todd Robinson and Deputy Chief of Mission, Charisse Phillips, participated in the “Sabor USA” exhibition that brought together a number of leading United States food products as part of an agricultural and commercial promotion in the country. Both U.S. officials led the delegation that toured the different stands, which featured recipes prepared by renowned Guatemalan …

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Visit to El Mirador

Ambassador Todd Robinson and Deputy Chief of Mission, Charisse Phillips, visited several archaeological sites in El Petén, including El Mirador, as part of their interest in highlighting the importance of protecting Cultural Heritage. Cultural heritage is an evocation of history that transmits wisdom, identity, pride and great value to humanity, so we all have a responsibility …

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Access Alumni offer Ambassador a tour of the island of Flores, Petén

Ambassador Robinson and Deputy Chief of Mission, Charisse Phillips, met with alumni from the Access Microscholarship program and members of the U.S. Department of State’s Alumni Association AJEDE for a tour of the island of Flores, Petén. The youth accompanied both U.S. officials to visit several of the area’s most prominent sites. With great interest and special …

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Visit to Special Jungle Operations Brigade BEOS

Ambassador Todd Robinson and Deputy Chief of Mission, Charisse Phillips, made a visit to the Special Jungle Operations Brigade BEOS in Petén to reiterate U.S. support for security efforts in the northern region of the country. The U.S. Department of Defense Provides equipment and training for the creation of the Balám Joint Task Force and …

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Inauguration of Model Police Precint in La Libertad, Petén

Ambassador Todd Robinson and Deputy Chief of Mission, Charisse Phillips, participated in the inauguration of the Model Police Precint in the Municipality of La Libertad, El Petén. This initiative is supported by the United States Government through the U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Intl Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL) GT to contribute to Citizen Security …

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Ambassador Robinson participates in swearing-in ceremony of Peace Corps. volunteers

Ambassador Todd Robinson participated in the swearing-in ceremony of 18 new volunteers from Peace Corps Guatemala, who will work to support maternal and child health issues in different communities throughout the country. The new group joined the ranks of more than 5,000 volunteers who have served in this country since 1963, who will certainly perform …

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U.S. Lamb Meat Market Resumes in Guatemala

Ambassador Todd Robinson participated in the reception offered by USDA Guatemala and USMEF to officially resume the U.S. Lamb Meat Market in Guatemala. Agricultural Counselor Todd Drennan welcomed guests to the event by highlighting USDA’s ongoing efforts to maintain constant communication with the Government of Guatemala to foster trade relations between both countries. Guatemala strengthens …

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Binational security agencies participate in U.S. Embassy event

Ambassador Todd Robinson participated in a meeting organized by the U.S. Embassy Guatemala to recognize the joint work of the United States federal investigative and security agencies with the Guatemalan security and justice institutions. The meeting highlighted the commitment of the United States to support the efforts of the Government of Guatemala to strengthen citizen security. …

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