Central America has been left out of the story of Latin America’s rise: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden
Joe Biden praises Colombian peace process and Argentina's new government under President Mauricio Macri in his inaugural speech at the 20th annual CAF-Development Bank for Latin America. Image: CAF-Development Bank for Latin America

Joe Biden praises Colombian peace process and Argentina's new government under President Mauricio Macri in his inaugural speech at the 20th annual CAF-Development Bank for Latin America. Image: CAF-Development Bank for Latin America

8th September 2016

The 20th anniversary of the annual CAF Conference kicked off on Wednesday with a pledge by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to continue the United States’ committment with Latin America so that the the region can reach its maximum potential and make the Western Hemisphere “the most important hemisphere in the world”. But, he added, “for too long, Central America has been left out of the story of Latin America’s rise,” referring to the potential for that region to connect North and South America.
The bright spots: Colombia and Agentina
 
The U.S. Vice President expressed great support and positivity regarding the Colombian peace process.
A signed agreement between the government and leftist rebels is the next step towards definitive peace, and “we’ll continue to stand with the Colombian people as they build a new future for themselves”.
Biden also praised the work being carried out by Argentine President Mauricio Macri.
Macri “has paved a way for Argentina to return to the international financial community. The reinvigorated partnership between Argentina and United States has already opened doors to improved security, increase trade and investment, strengthen energy sector cooperation between both our nations,” Biden said. “This is a critical moment for the region, a crossroads marked by both opportunities and real challenges”.
One of those challenges is corruption. “Businesses do not invest in …

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