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Western Hemisphere Affairs Official Mike Matera Visits Uruguay

The Director for the Office of Brazil and Southern Cone Affairs completes extensive two-day visit

Posted: May 11, 2005

James Williard (U.S. Embassy's DCM), Michael Matera, Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
James Williard (U.S. Embassy's DCM), Michael Matera, Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein. (+ enlarge photo)
Michael Matera, Director for the Office of Brazil and Southern Cone Affairs (BSC), arrived in Montevideo yesterday to complete a series of meetings which began with a courtesy call on U.S. Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein. During yesterday's busy schedule, Matera held meetings with the acting Minister of Finance, Mario Bergara, with Mercosur Director, Reginaldo Braga Arcuri, and with Deputy Foreign Minister, Belela Herrera.

Today's schedule included a roundtable with business sector representatives Federico Garcia Brum (Board Member, Uruguayan Rural Association), Victor Angenscheidt (Executive Director, Uruguay XXI), Roberto Bennett (General Manager, Uruguay XXI), Ricardo Seizer (President, Chamber of Commerce and Exports of Agriproducts and Agroindustrial Products), Daniel Ferrere (Vice-President, American Chamber of Commerce), Miguel Vilariño (Deputy General Manager, Chamber of Industries), Cesar Bourdiel (Chamber of Industries), Mario Bernarconi (Commercial Manager, LATU), and Claudio Piacenza (Manager, National Chamber of Commerce and Services), immediately followed by a meeting with the Secretary General to the Latin American Integration Association (ALADI), Didier Opertti.

In wrapping up the visit, Matera also met today with the members of the Chamber of Deputies, Foreign Relations Commission, Silvana Charlone (President), Daniel Peña (Vice-President), Washington Abdala, Ruben Martinez Huelmo, Enrique Pintado, and Jaime Trobo.

Matera has been Director for the BSC since August 30, 2004. Prior to assuming this position, he was Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina for four years.

  PHOTO GALLERY

Oliver Griffith (U.S. Embassy's Political/Economic Counselor), Mike Matera, Mario Bergara (acting Minister of Finance). (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
Oliver Griffith (U.S. Embassy's Political/Economic Counselor), Mike Matera, Mario Bergara (acting Minister of Finance). (+ enlarge photo)
Mike Matera addressing rountable meeting with business sector representatives. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
Mike Matera addressing rountable meeting with business sector representatives. (+ enlarge photo)

Roundtable meeting with business sector representatives. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi) Roundtable meeting with business sector representatives. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
(+ enlarge photo)     Roundtable meeting with business sector representatives.    (+ enlarge photo)

Mike Matera and Ambassador Silverstein arriving at ALADI meeting. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
Mike Matera and Ambassador Silverstein arriving at ALADI meeting.
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Mike Matera, Didier Opertti, Ambassador Silverstein. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
Mike Matera, Didier Opertti, Ambassador Silverstein.
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