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U.S. Chargé D'Affaires Nealon visits Uruguay's Interior Regions

The October 5-6 visit to Tacuarembo and Rivera included stops in Florida and Durazno

Posted: October 12, 2005

U.S. Chargé D'Affaires James Nealon completed a very successful two-day trip to Uruguay's interior, focusing on trade and investment opportunities, and the importance of education. The trip to the regions of Tacuarembo and Rivera included stops in the cities of Florida and Durazno where the delegation visited important historical sites.

The U.S. Embassy delegation included A/Deputy Chief of Mission Linda Gonzalez, Information Specialist Rubek Orlando, Commercial Specialists Robert Gorter and Jorge Balparda. The commercial team gave presentations in Florida, Durazno, Tacuarembo and Rivera to a large number of the major businessmen in the regions. The presentations covered not only how to import and distribute U.S. products, but also gave specific practical information about selling goods in the United States.

In Tacuarembo, Nealon met with regional governor Wilson Ezquerra, and gave a press interview (see Photo Gallery below) discussing the need to expand trade and attract investment. The interview was covered by the local media including radio and television.

The Embassy delegation visited two public elementary schools, and two branches of the Alianza Binational Center (BNC) in Tacuarembo and Rivera. The BNCs offer English courses to youngsters and are actively involved in the community promoting cultural events based on American values and traditions. The elementary schools are involved in the National English Immersion Program sponsored by the Uruguayan Administration of Public Schools and the U.S. Embassy Montevideo. Nealon was struck by the enthusiasm of the students and the teachers for the program. The school staff and the Uruguayan government are very committed to this program as a way to expand the economic opportunities for their students, who often come from poor backgrounds. The directors and some of the teachers at these schools have participated in Fulbright teacher exchange programs.

The Embassy contingent also visited the Weyerhaeuser Colonvade project in Tacuarembo where one of five wood processing plants is being built to handle Uruguay's fast growing forestry industry.
 

PHOTO GALLERY

FLORIDA
U.S. Chargé D´Affaires James Nealon, left, accompanied by Information Specialist Rubek Orlando, stops at Piedra Alta, an important landmark on the shores of Santa Lucia river near the city of Florida, where in 1825 Uruguay´s independence was declared. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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In Piedra Alta, near the city of Florida, U.S. Chargé D´Affaires James Nealon, Information Specialist Rubek Orlando, and A/Deputy Chief of Mission Linda Gonzalez take a moment to reflect at the site where in 1825 Uruguay´s independence was declared. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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U.S. Chargé D´Affaires James Nealon, left, A/Deputy Chief of Mission Linda Gonzalez, and Information Specialist Rubek Orlando, reviewing the various commemorative plaques placed at the site in Piedra Alta where Uruguay´s independence was declared in 1825. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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U.S. Embassy´s A/Deputy Chief of Mission Linda Gonzalez, Information Specialist Rubek Orlando, and Chargé D´Affaires James Nealon pose at the site in Piedra Alta where Uruguay´s independence was declared. The various plaques embeded in the rock commemorate the August 25, 1825 event. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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U.S. Chargé D´Affaires James Nealon, A/Deputy Chief of Mission Linda Gonzalez, and Information  Specialist Rubek Orlando, observing the view offered by the river Santa Lucia during a stop at Piedra Alta, near the city of Florida. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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U.S. Chargé D´Affaires James Nealon, accompanied by A/Deputy Chief of Mission Linda Gonzalez and Information Specialist Rubek Orlando, stop at Piedra Alta, an important historical landmark on the shores of Santa Lucia river near the city of Florida, where in 1825 Uruguay´s independence was declared.


DURAZNO
The Christopher Columbus monument in the city of Durazno. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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U.S. Chargé D´Affaires James Nealon, right, and A/Deputy Chief of Mission Linda Gonzalez arriving at the Durazno Historical Museum, while Information Specialist Rubek Orlando points to the Christopher Columbus monument located across the street. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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U.S. Chargé D´Affaires James Nealon and A/Deputy Chief of Mission Linda Gonzalez listen to museum curator describe the various displays of the Durazno Historical Museum. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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U.S. Chargé D´Affaires James Nealon, Information Specialist Rubek Orlando, and A/Deputy Chief of Mission Linda Gonzalez touring the city of Durazno during an October 5-6, 2005 visit to Uruguay´s interior. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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U.S. Chargé D´Affaires James Nealon, Information Specialist Rubek Orlando, and A/Deputy Chief of Mission Linda Gonzalez touring the city of Durazno during an October 5-6, 2005 visit to Uruguay´s interior. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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The stop in Durazno by U.S. Chargé D´Affaires James Nealon, A/Deputy Chief of Mission Linda Gonzalez, and Information Specialist Rubek Orlando, included a visit to the Christopher Columbus monument, the Durazno Historical Museum, and a walk through the downtown area.


TACUAREMBO - Public School No. 13
U.S. Embassy´s A/Deputy Chief of Mission Linda Gonzalez and Chargé D´Affaires James Nealon sharing a few smiles with students of Tacuarembo's Public School No. 13. The school participates in the National English Immersion Program sponsored by the Uruguayan Public Schools Administration and the U.S. Embassy. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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A pupil smiles at the camera as the American flag is displayed in the school yard to welcome the U.S. Embassy delegation headed by Chargé D'Affaires James Nealon on his visit to Public School No. 13 in Tacuarembo. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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U.S. Embassy delegation headed by Chargé D'Affaires James Nealon interacts with pupils and teachers during a visit to Public School No. 13 in Tacuarembo, October 5, 2005. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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School director Silvia Pena, U.S. Chargé D´Affaires James Nealon, and A/Deputy Chief of Mission Linda Gonzalez exchange gifts during a U.S. Embassy delegation visit to Public School No. 13 in Tacuarembo, October 5, 2005. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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A/Deputy Chief of Mission Linda Gonzalez chats with pupils during a U.S. Embassy delegation visit to Tacuarembo´s Public School No. 13, October 5, 2005. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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The U.S. Embassy delegation headed by Chargé D'Affaires James Nealon visiting Public School No. 13 near the city of Tacuarembo where they interacted with kids involved in the National English Immersion Program sponsored by the Uruguayan Public Schools Administration and the U.S. Embassy Montevideo.


TACUAREMBO - Alianza Binational Center
During an October 5, 2005 visit to Uruguay´s interior, U.S. Charge D´Affaires James Nealon, left, presents an American flag previously flown over the U.S. Embassy to Tacuarembo´s Binational Center director David Fontes. Also pictured are Fontes´ wife and son. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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Tacuarembo´s Binational Center director David Fontes, right, receives donation of books in English from U.S. Chargé D´Affaires James Nealon. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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Some students and staff of the Binational Center in Tacuarembo during the U.S. Embassy delegation visit headed by Chargé D´Affaires James Nealon, October 5, 2005. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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Students and staff of Tacuarembo´s Alianza Binational Center pose with U.S. Embassy delegation during the October 5, 2005 visit. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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The U.S. Embassy delegation headed by Chargé D´Affaires James Nealon visited the newly inaugurated Alianza Binational Center in Tacuarembo. The center is currently offering basic, intermediate and advanced English courses to 70 students, and has an active role in the community.


TACUAREMBO - Meeting with Governor Wilson Ezquerra / Press Conference
U.S. Chargé D´Affaires James Nealon, right, met with Tacuarembo´s governor Wilson Ezquerra during and October 5, 2005 U.S. Embassy delegation visit to the interior. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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U.S. Embassy delegation headed by Chargé D´Affaires James Nealon arriving at Tacuarembo´s government building to meet with governor Wilson Ezquerra. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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Tacuarembo´s governor Wilson Ezquerra presents U.S. Chargé D´Affaires James Nealon with a painting of the traditional ´Patria Gaucha´ celebration. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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PRESS CONFERENCE
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U.S. Chargé D´Affaires James Nealon met with Tacuarembo's governor Wilson Ezquerra during his visit to Uruguay's interior on October 5, 2005. Following the meeting, Nealon offered a press conference attended by the local media.


TACUAREMBO - U.S. Embassy's presentation on "Doing Business With the United States
U.S. Embassy´s Commercial Specialist Robert Gorter speaks to a group of local entrepreneurs on doing business with the United States. The presentation took place in the city of Tacuarembo, October 5, 2005. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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U.S. Embassy´s Commercial Specialists Robert Gorter and Jorge Baldarpa taking questions from a group of local entrepreneurs in Tacuarembo. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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U.S. Embassy's Commercial Specialists Robert Gorter and Jorge Balparda gave presentations in Florida, Durazno, Tacuarembo and Rivera to a large number of the major businessmen in the regions. The presentations covered not only how to import and distribute U.S. products, but also gave specific practical information about selling goods in the United States.


TACUAREMBO - Weyerhaeuser Colonvade Los Piques project
Colonvade´s Projects Manager Alvaro Molinari explains the various stages of the company´s new sawmill plant near Tacuarembo as U.S. Chargé D´Affaires glances at the model and A/Deputy Chief of Mission Linda Gonzalez looks over at the project. Also pictured is Senior Commercial Specialist Robert Gorter. The project represents a multimillion dollar investment which will benefit the region. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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U.S. Chargé D"Affaires James Nealon tours the Weyerhaueuser Colonvade project in Tacuarembo, October 6, 2005. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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The U.S. Embassy delegation headed by Chargé D´Affaires James Nealon observes the construction of one of the stages of the new Weyerhaueuser Colonvade sawmill plant in Tacuarembo, October 6, 2005. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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U.S. Chargé D´Affaires James Nealon inspects one of the plywood sanders at the new Weyerhaueuser Colonvade wood processing plant in Tacuarembo. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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U.S. Embassy delegation headed by Chargé D´Affaires James Nealon visits one of Weyerhaueuser Colonvade fir plantations in Tacuarembo, October 6, 2005. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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U.S. Embassy delegation headed by Chargé D´Affaires James Nealon visits the Weyerhaueuser Colonvade and Los Piques project near Tacuarembo, one of five wood precessing plants to be built in Uruguay.


RIVERA - Public School No. 64
School director Aurora Amaral, right, escorts U.S. Chargé D´Affaires James Nealon and A/Deputy Chief of Mission Linda Gonzalez on a tour of Public School No. 64 in Rivera. Accompaning the U.S. Embassy delegation is Alianza Binational Center director Maria Blanco, left. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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U.S. Chargé D´Affaires James Nealon interacts with pupils during a visit to Public School No. 64 in Rivera. The school participates in the National English Immersion Program sponsored by the Uruguayan Public Schools Administration and the U.S. Embassy Montevideo. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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Children attending Public School No. 64 listen to the words of U.S. Chargé D´Affaires James Nealon during a U.S. Embassy delegation visit to Rivera on October 6, 2005. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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U.S. Embassy´s A/Deputy Chief of Mission Linda Gonzalez receives an aromatic plant from Maicol, part of his class study on flora and fauna. Also pictured is school director Aurora Amaral. The U.S. Embassy delegation visited Public School No. 64 in Rivera October 6, 2005. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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U.S. Embassy´s A/Deputy Chief of Mission Linda Gonzalez poses with Maicol and Brian proudly displaying one of the aromatic plants from their class study on flora and fauna. The U.S. Embassy delegation visited Public School No. 64 in Rivera October 6, 2005. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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The U.S. Embassy delegation headed by Chargé D´Affaires James Nealon visited Public School No. 64 in Rivera on October 6, 2005. The school participates in the National English Immersion Program sponsored by the Uruguayan Public Schools Administration and the U.S. Embassy Montevideo.


RIVERA - Alianza Binational Center
U.S. Embassy delegation headed by Chargé D´Affaires James Nealon poses with directors and staff of the Alianza Binational Center in Rivera, October 6, 2005. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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U.S. Chargé D´Affaires James Nealon presents Rivera´s Alianza Binational Center directors Maria Elena Pedragosa and Alicia Ramos with a case containing an American flag previously flown over the U.S. Embassy Montevideo. The U.S. Embassy delegation headed by Nealon visited the city of Rivera on October 6, 2005. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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U.S. Chargé D´Affairs James Nealon and A/Deputy Chief of Mission Linda Gonzalez receiving gifts during their visit to Rivera´s Alianza Binational Center, October 6, 2005. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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U.S. Chargé D´Affaires James Nealon chats with students at the Alianza Binational Center in Rivera, October 6, 2005. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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U.S. Embassy delegation headed by Chargé D´Affaires James Nealon poses with staff and students of the Alianza Binational Center in Rivera, October 6, 2005. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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The U.S. Embassy delegation headed by Chargé D´Affaires James Nealon was received by staff and students of the Alianza Binational Center in Rivera, October 6, 2005. The center opened in 1994 and currently has 182 students.



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