Vice President Mike Pence was one of the government officials who attended the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America that was held at Florida International University on Thursday, June 15. Check out Michelle Marchante’s event recap here:
Central America’s prosperity and security is important to the United States and Mexico, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said during his opening speech, and is connected to President Donald Trump’s agenda of national security, border security and advancing the U.S. economic interests.
“What happens in the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala directly affects the security and economic interests of the United States and other countries in the region,” Tillerson said. “A more prosperous, safer Central America will do much to halt illegal and dangerous migration, defeat transnational drug cartels and gangs, and end corruption in their economies.”
Throughout the conference, each country highlighted their support for the Alliance of Prosperity, which was launched back in 2014, to promote economical prosperity and increase security.
The presidents also discussed their 2020 plans which involve creating and promoting a strong economy through more government transparency, incentives for the private sector, facilitating trade, and improving the sectors of energy, infrastructure and education. These plans also include lowering the crime rate of each country to make it safer for its citizens and tourists.
“This is a shared vision,” Ortiz said in Spanish during the joint press conference. “Central America will gain from this but also Mexico and the U.S….the best antidote, the consensus, to undocumented migration, the best mechanism is to open more opportunities such as job employment, investing more in education, the young, the youth, and the families.”
The other presidents in attendance echoed Ortiz’s thoughts of improvement and unity, as did Pence during his keynote address.