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Feb 09

DR-CAFTA: How Everyone Benefits

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium

The Bush Administration has made significant progress in opening foreign markets for American goods and services through free trade agreements with Australia, Chile, Morocco, and Singapore. The next free trade agreement up for Congressional consideration - the Dominican Republic and Central American Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA) -

would substantially liberalize trade and investment between Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and the United States. DR-CAFTA promises to provide significant economic gains for all nations involved and promote freedom and stability in a region of critical importance to the United States. Increasing economic growth would bolster political stability, enhance hemispheric security at the crossroads between the North and South American continents, and help create jobs for workers who might otherwise migrate illegally to the United States.

The Heritage Foundation is honored to host the Ambassadors of Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua to discuss the many benefits of DR-CAFTA for their countries, the United States, and the region.

More About the Speakers

His Excellency Tomás Dueñas
Ambassador of Costa Rica

His Excellency Flavio Dario Espinal
Ambassador of the Dominican Republic

His Excellency Rene León Rodriguez
Ambassador of El Salvador

His Excellency Guillermo Castillo
Ambassador of Guatemala

His Excellency Salvador Stadthagen
Ambassador of Nicaragua

John G. Murphy
Vice President, Western Hemisphere Affairs,
U.S. Chamber of Commerce (Moderator)