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Ambassador Namm Discussed Foreign Policy at UIDE

Ambassador Adam Namm was invited by Universidad Internacional del Ecuador (UIDE) on June 27 to speak about “Current Issues in U.S. Foreign Policy.”  The event was attended by 140 students majoring in Diplomacy and International Studies.  The current Chancellor, Xavier Fernandez, and former Chancellor, Marcelo Fernandez, attended along with other authorities and faculty.

Ambassador Namm explained U.S. foreign policy priorities and highlighted security, democracy and economic prosperity as the core principles guiding U.S. foreign policy. “Our vision for the Americas is one of equal partnerships. We seek relations based on mutual respect and on the fundamental principle that through cooperation and dialogue we can achieve a better future for everyone in the Hemisphere.” Ambassador Namm also underscored the U.S. commitment to fighting climate change and increasing academic exchanges in the region.
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Graduation of College Horizons in Esmeraldas

At a June 23 event hosted by Pontificia Universidad Católica de Esmeraldas (PUCESE), Ambassador Namm delivered diplomas to the first 31 graduates of the “College Horizons” program in Esmeraldas as well as scholarship certificates to 40 new students who will begin the program on June 30.

“College Horizons” is a two-year English training program that enables low-income and underprivileged students to develop leadership skills through a variety of social, cultural, academic, and community service activities.  The students are selected competitively based on their academic achievements.

At the end of the program, the students acquire the proficiency in English that would allow them to request admission in local or foreign universities or to enter the workforce in better conditions.

Ambassador Namm stated: “The Embassy is proud to support programs like this that provide young men and women – the leaders of the future—with the opportunity to learn English and acquire skills that help them succeed.” Ambassador Namm added the following message to the student participants: “I hope you keep in touch with the Embassy as you start new phases of your lives. The U.S. continues to be a friend and a partner you can count on.”
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Round Table on Entrepreneurship

On June 20, the Embassy invited 16 business women from Quito to participate in a round table discussion about business, entrepreneurship, and training. The participants are business leaders in the areas of organic production, textiles, cleaning supplies, high-end handicrafts, and processed food.

Since 2013, the Embassy has supported various professional development initiatives for women such as the Seminar “Women Entrepreneurs, Business in High Heels”, organized by a group for former Fulbrighters, and in March of 2014, a training project for business women led by volunteers from the Youth Ambassadors Network in the provinces of Los Rios and Guayas, among others.
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The U.S. Mission and the World Cup

U.S. Mission in Ecuador is pleased to present a video filmed on the occasion of the World Cup 2014 that celebrates our friendship and solidarity through sports. Over the course of the past month, the Embassy’s video team captured footage of a soccer ball traveling across various cities throughout Ecuador and along the way passing through the hands of participants in English language programs and exchanges organized by both the Embassy in Quito and the Consulate General in Guayaquil. The film also features the Minister of Sports, Jose Francisco Cevallos, and the U.S. and Ecuadorian teams competing in the Ministry of Sports sponsored inter-Embassy soccer tournament.

The musical background “The World is Ours,” performed by David Correy and the Brazilian band Monobloco, and featuring the participation of other Latin American artists, is the official Coca Cola theme for the World Cup 2014. The State Department obtained authorization for the song’s use and for its distribution through social and mainstream media.

The video includes scenes in Quito, Guayaquil, Manta, Loja, Saraguro, Ibarra, and El Chota. We especially thank the teachers and students of the College Horizons program in Guayaquil, Loja, Saraguro, Ibarra, and El Chota for their enthusiasm; the Youth Ambassadors from the Coast and the highlands who traveled to Manta and Quito to join the project; and the students from the English Club at the American Corner in Quito.

We invite you to view this tribute to the spirit of sports that unifies the world around the World Cup Brazil 2014 at http://youtu.be/-3Y72S0R7TI and to follow us at www.facebook.com/USEmbassyQuito y www.twitter.com/usembassy_quito

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