USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez met with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and senior administration officials on April 29 to discuss the strategic goals of the Hispanic business community, including strengthening U.S. trade relations with Latin America.
The talks came ahead of President Obama’s trip to Mexico and Costa Rica, which took place earlier in the month.
Palomarez was joined by other Hispanic leaders, including members of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA). During the exchange with President Obama, Palomarez highlighted that as an active advocate of Hispanic business owners, the USHCC encourages commercial relations with Latin America and emphasized Mexico’s particular importance, citing the fact that it currently stands as the U.S’ second largest commercial partner.
“The U.S. Hispanic business community, with its cultural and linguistic strengths, is uniquely positioned to build U.S. business ties with Latin America,” said Palomarez. “Over the course of his Presidency, President Obama has worked to shift the dialogue of U.S.-Mexico relations from border enforcement and security to an agenda of economic development and building mutual prosperity.
President Obama traveled to Mexico and Costa Rica with intentions to strengthen and deepen cultural, familial and economic ties. In Mexico, President Obama met with President Enrique Pena Nieto and in Costa Rica, he met with President Laura Chinchilla, along with heads of states from various Central American countries.