Good morning to all.
Today we live in a world that is constantly changing.
Success in this dynamic world requires skills that previously existed only in our imaginations.
Training in the digital field is key to international competitiveness, and I am very happy to see the commitment of everyone here to strengthen education in this field in Honduras.
I would like to thank Minister Barquero for the invitation to participate in this announcement.
Also, I would like to acknowledge the Meta representatives for all their support in this project.
It is another example of U.S. companies offering solutions to support Hondurans.
Talking with [small- and medium-sized enterprises] in Honduras, I have heard many stories and challenges.
The markets have changed due to the pandemic.
And it is now seen that e-commerce platforms are more important than ever, creating a huge demand for the skills of developing online sites and applications.
The United States is committed to working with the Honduran government and the private sector to support entrepreneurs and help them grow their businesses, creating more jobs.
We have various training programs on digital issues, including in cooperation with [the Ministry of Economic Development], and now with Meta.
They are part of Vice President Harris’ “Call to Action,” which is bringing new investment to Honduras to create jobs and improve the well-being of the people.
Through these programs, we have already boosted the online sales of thirteen thousand micro-, small-, and medium-sized companies.
In addition, we are in a new program to connect thirty-five thousand young people with remote jobs in the “Microwork” industry, including as programmers or coders for artificial intelligence software and smartphone applications.
The Embassy will continue working so that entrepreneurs in both countries can be successful.
I wish everyone much success in this important initiative, and congratulations on today’s event. Thank you very much.