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DOC Deputy Assistant Secretary, Walter Bastian, Visits Uruguay

Held positive talks with key Uruguayan government officials and private sector representatives

Posted: August 3, 2005
Taken at press conference with ministers Jose Mujica, center, and
Jorge Lepra, right, August 3, 2005.
Walter Bastian, Jose Mujica, Jorge Lepra. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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Walter Bastian, Jose Mujica. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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Walter Bastian, Jose Mujica. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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Walter Bastian, Jose Mujica. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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U.S. Department of Commerce Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Western Hemisphere, Walter Bastian, arrived in Montevideo on Wednesday, August 3, to attend a number of meetings with representatives of the Uruguayan government and the private sector.

During his visit, Bastian met jointly with the Uruguayan ministers for Industry - Energy and Mining, Jorge Lepra, and for Livestock and Agriculture, Jose Mujica. Following this meeting, the three officials held a press conference for the local media where they explained proposals for increased bilateral dialog on trade issues.

Bastian also met with the undersecretary for Economy and Finance, Dr. Mario Bergara, and the president of the Chamber of Commerce, Jose Luis Puig. Bastian later spoke at a luncheon at the Sheraton Hotel sponsored by the Uruguay - United States Chamber of Commerce. His topic was "Negotiations: Where we are and what are the closest achievable objectives".

Walter Bastian joined the U.S. Department of Commerce in 1974, and has worked in various capacities dedicated to developing economic and commercial ties with Latin America.

In his current post, he is responsible for development programs, policies and strategies designed to strengthen the commercial position of the United States in the Western Hemisphere.

He previoulsy headed the Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, where he established and lead the "Latin America/Caribbean Business development Center", which was responsible for transforming the Caribbean Basin Initiative, the Andean Tariff Preferences Law and the Initiative for the Americas into business opportunities for American companies.

Bastian was born in Washington D.C. His father was a career diplomat, and as a youth, Bastian lived in El Salvador, Cuba, Ecuador and Argentina. He attended high school in Buenos Aires and later attended Georgetown University. He graduated with a degree in International Relations from Georgetown's College of Foreign Service.

Bastian has previously visited Uruguay in an official capacity when he attended a conference on "Doing Business between Mercosur and the United States" which took place on September 25-26, 2000 in Montevideo.








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