Yesterday, Congressman Sires returned from the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia where regional leaders met to discuss ways to bolster security and prosperity in the hemisphere. While in attendance, Congressman Sires was able to meet with the Presidents from Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Panama, and Guatemala, as well as a Colombian Congressional Delegation.
"I was fortunate to attend the Summit and discuss with regional leaders the importance of our alliance and our ability to work together to empower the people of Latin America through education and access to electricity and internet services," expressed Congressman Sires. "Connecting all peoples, especially those in rural communities, will help spread democracy and uphold human rights throughout the region."
Discussions also centered on the importance of increasing trade in the region in order to bolster job creation in America. At the Summit, President Obama announced that the Colombia Free Trade Agreement, which Congressman Sires supported last year, is set to go in effect on May 15. In addition, Congressman Sires met with business leaders from across the hemisphere where he spoke about such issues as the security of shipping containers that reach our shores.
"The Summit was a great opportunity to not only speak about issues of importance to the region, but issues that directly impact the 13th District, including container and port security," stated Congressman Sires. "I look forward to continuing discussions on these matters and others to improve security at home and abroad."