Presentation to the Committee fro Economic Cooperation and Development of the German Parliament

Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 03:00
Latin America and the Caribbean experienced solid growth in 2007, external indebtedness declined in relative terms, and international reserves have risen. However, inflationary expectations have started to mount, due in part to the increase in oil and food prices.

World Cocoa Foundation (WCF)<br> Bi-Annual Partnership Meeting<br> Washington, DC

Wednesday, October 4, 2006 - 03:00
Good Morning Ladies and Gentlemen.   I want to thank Bill Guyton and the World Cocoa Foundation for this opportunity to get acquainted and for the honor and pleasure of sharing this occasion with my friend and distinguished fellow speaker, Anne Venneman. I’m excited to be here today for the simple reason that you and I are in the same business—the business of sustainable development. The areas where cocoa is grown and harvested, with few exceptions, are areas marked by poverty, inadequate education and healthcare, and limited economic opportunity.

4th World Water Forum

Friday, March 17, 2006 - 03:00
Good morning distinguished panelists and participants. I would like to begin this session by thanking the Mexican Government and the other organizing institutions of the 4th Forum for their kind invitation. It is an honor and a pleasure for me to be here with such a select group of people.