Travel Diary: President Obama, Secretary Clinton Attend the Sixth Summit of the Americas in Colombia

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April 15, 2012
Sixth Summit of the Americas in Colombia

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton accompanied President Barack Obama for the Sixth Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia from April 13-15. There, the U.S. delegation met with democratically-elected heads of state and government from throughout the Hemisphere to strengthen ties, expand partnerships, and continue progress in economic growth, social inclusion, and citizen security.

During his remarks at the CEO Summit of the Americas, President Obama said: "...I think the challenge for all of our countries, and certainly the challenge for this hemisphere, is how do we make sure that that globalization and that integration is benefiting a broad base of people, that economic growth is sustainable and robust, and that it is also giving opportunity to a growing, wider circle of people, and giving businesses opportunities to thrive and create new products and new services and enjoy this global marketplace."

In Colombia, Secretary Clinton participated in the Summit of the Americas Civil Society meeting, the launch of "Connect 2022" Initiative at CEO Summit, and a WeAmericas Womens Entrepreneurship Event. She also met with Colombian Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin, members of the U.S. Congressional delegation, and Foreign Ministers from the Alliance of the Pacific.

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April 16, 2012

W.W. writes:

look like everyone is having fun down there

South Korea
April 16, 2012

Palgye in South Korea writes:

not money but policy.. power policy

to EU... now eastern...

Q- why to do Spain?

United States
April 16, 2012

Albert in the U.S.A. writes:

"Globalization of economies" is an obsolete concept proven to be a disaster in the EU, among other places.

As it is in our individual self-interest to improve our own living standard because when everyone maximizes that self-interest, the national living standard rises, the same is true of national economies.

The days when you could think that globalization and integration is benefiting a broad base of people are long gone. Today, we need to maximize growth of each of our economies in isolation, to make sure they are performing at maximum, and when each individual national economy is performing efficiently, then general living standards of the world will be improved.

One has to work on each national economy first, before anything changes globally.

New Mexico, USA
April 16, 2012

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ Albert,

I think it is a fundementally flawed notion to think that any nation today can exist in isolation in a world where globalized economic interaction and inter-dependancy is a fact of life.

Now while this tend of globalized societies has brought on a few problems and challenges, the basic opportunity mankind has today is to become greater than the sum of its nationalistic parts, on all levels of society.

This is not to say I expect someday to see a one-world government, as humans have an inherant individualism that is steeped in culture, tradition, and national governments, as well as on the individual's level to be able to make their own decisions.

What I'm saying here is that as nations and people we have an obligation to each other and our children, to evolve in prosperity and peace.

For the alternative is simply unnacceptable and unworthy of our potential as a species.



April 17, 2012

Seo in India writes:

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L. E.
April 17, 2012

L. Evens in Canada writes:

Your kinda short on the story here.(laugh)

You forgot the bit about president Obama and his 11 "John's" (Chuckle) Gotta find the humor sometimes - all seriousness aside.

I wonder when a coincidence - well is not so much a coincidence but some sort of "divine" humor.

@ Eric - I like your words of peace but Albert is right in a sense - IMHO we need both proposals that you and Albert put forward - in a way, working in "synergy" together, rather then one or the other. The greater dynamics = the greatest success.(and peace coincidentally)

Need any rain in New Mexico Eric? (chuckle)

Oh, and Secretary Clinton - love the dancing and such in the "Havana" -- the irony made me laugh. (nice sense of humor)

Have a good week guys and keep the laughter rolling (i mean it in a good way).


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