OSAC Tegucigalpa Country Council Signing Ceremony

TEGUCIGALPA, M.D.C. – On Thursday, the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) Tegucigalpa Country council formally signed its Charter and Bylaws in a signing ceremony at Banco Lafise. Founded in 1985, OSAC started as a means for private U.S. companies located overseas to share security concerns. Today, OSAC members include international NGOs, faith-based organizations and academia. “Time ...
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Department of Labor Issues Report on Worker Rights Concerns in Honduras, Honduras Pledges to Work Closely with the United States

The U.S. Department of Labor released a report today that raises serious concerns regarding the effective enforcement of labor laws in Honduras  under the labor chapter of the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR). The report provides recommendations  (PDF 1.4 MB) to address the concerns and calls for the contact points established under Article 16.4 of CAFTA-DR to ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Nealon at a Ceremony to Recognize Tegu as a Finalist for the Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence

As Prepared for Delivery Mr. Chris Haughey, Chief Executive Officer of Tegu, Members of the Media, Ladies and Gentlemen. The U.S. Department of State has selected Tegu as one of four finalists worldwide for the Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence for small and medium-sized companies. My country is very proud of the contributions ...
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Millennium Challenge Corporation Publishes Its Annual Policy Performance Scorecards

TEGUCIGALPA – On Friday, November 6, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) published its annual policy performance scorecards, which form a key component of how its Board will make decisions for selecting countries as eligible for MCC programs in 2016. Honduras’ performance on ruling justly, investing in people and economic freedom as measured by 20 indicators in ...
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Statement on the Seizure of Seguros Continental S.A. by the Government of Honduras

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL On October 7, 2015, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced the designation of Jaime Rolando Rosenthal Oliva, along with his son, Yani Benjamin Rosenthal Hidalgo, and his nephew, Yankel Antonio Rosenthal Coello, as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers pursuant to the Foreign ...
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Departments of State, Treasury, and Justice Meet With Honduran Delegation

State Department Counselor Thomas Shannon and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Francisco Palmieri, with colleagues from the Department of Treasury and the Department of Justice, hosted an interagency meeting on October 20 with a high-level Honduran delegation to discuss recent U.S. government action targeting three Honduran nationals and several of their ...
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Statement from Deputy Secretary of State Heather Higginbottom in Her Visit to Honduras

As Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, President Obama’s Strategy for U.S engagement in Central America is a top priority for me. It has been a pleasure to discuss the strategy with President Hernandez and his team this afternoon. In the coming days here and in Guatemala and El Salvador, I look forward ...
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Op-ed by Ambassador Nealon on Earth Day

Every year on April 22 the world celebrates Earth Day. One of the biggest long-term challenges we face today is climate change. According to recent studies by the United States Agency for International Development, USAID, Honduras will be one of the countries most affected by climate change, with temperature increases causing rainfall to decrease by ...
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Joint Statement of the U.S. Department of Labor and the Honduran Secretariat of Labor and Social Security

Joint Statement of the United States Department of Labor and the Honduran Secretariat of Labor and Social Security regarding the Public Report of Review on U.S. Submission 2012-01 (Honduras) The U.S. Department of Labor and Honduran Secretariat of Labor and Social Security together announce the publication of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Public Report of ...
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World Vision Awarded $7 Million to Combat Exploitative Child Labor and Improve Labor Rights and Working Conditions in Honduras

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs today announced the award of a $7 million cooperative agreement to World Vision to implement a project to combat exploitative child labor and improve labor rights and working conditions in Honduras . World Vision is “dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to ...
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Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs Addresses First Meeting for the Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle

TEGUCIGALPA – Ambassador James Nealon and Mr. Scott Nathan, the U.S. Department of State’s Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs, attended a meeting of the Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle in Tela on Thursday. The meeting marked an opportunity for leaders from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador to discuss their Plan for ...
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Fact Sheet: Dry Corridor Alliance Investments and Results

As Honduras marks the first anniversary of the establishment of the “Dry Corridor Alliance,” the United States is proud to be a partner of this important initiative to improve the lives of thousands of people living in extreme poverty. With commitments of about $200 million, the Alliance –established in an agreement signed by President Hernandez ...
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Ambassador Nealon’s Remarks at the Intellectual Property Rights Conference

San Pedro Sula, Cortés It is a pleasure and a privilege to be here to kick-off such an important and useful intellectual property rights event. It is impressive to see such a diverse array of participants from the public and private sectors, including a number of prominent U.S. companies. This speaks to relevance of this ...
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Financial Investigations Guide Deployed to Track Dirty Money

TEGUCIGALPA – Ambassador James Nealon and Minister Coordinator of the Government Jorge Hernandez Alcerro today launched Honduras’ first Financial Investigations Guide (Guia de Investigacion Financiera y Contable) that will assist the country’s prosecutors, financial analysts, and law enforcement officers in conducting financial investigations that meet the highest international standards. The guide, grounded in Honduran law, ...
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White House Fact Sheet: Promoting Prosperity, Security and Good Governance in Central America

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE To demonstrate the Administration’s commitment to working with Central American countries to address the root causes of the dangerous migration of unaccompanied children and families, the Vice President, Secretary of Commerce and other senior Administration officials participated in the Inter-American Development Bank-chaired conference on ...
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Senior U.S. Government Officials Visit Honduras

TEGUCIGALPA – Department of State Counselor Thomas A. Shannon and Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement William R. Brownfield each visited Honduras this week for meetings with President Juan Orlando Hernandez and other senior officials, continuing high-level U.S. Government engagement with Honduras. In a separate visit, Lieutenant General Kenneth Tovo, Military ...
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U.S. Government Announces $3.9 Million in New Food Assistance Funds to Honduras

TEGUCIGALPA – On September 24 the U.S. Government announced $3.9 million in new food assistance funds to Honduras for those affected by drought and coffee rust. This assistance is part of a $10 million regional package to be distributed by the UN World Food Program, which will provide food assistance to close to 220,000 people in Honduras, ...
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Ambassador Nealon Visits La Paz with High-Level Delegation

TEGUCIGALPA – A high level delegation from the governments of Honduras and the United States traveled to La Paz today, to see first-hand how U.S. assistance is helping reduce poverty and malnutrition in one of the departments most impacted by the current drought. U.S. Ambassador James D. Nealon and Tjada McKenna, Assistant to the USAID ...
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U.S. Congressional Delegation Visits Honduras

TEGUCIGALPA – Seven members of the United States Congress visited Honduras on August 29-30. The delegation was led by Oklahoma Congressman James Lankford. Traveling with Representative Lankford were Representative Beto O’Rourke (Texas), Representative Jack Kingston (Georgia), Representative Rob Woodall (Georgia), Representative Patrick Meehan (Pennsylvania), Representative John Carney (Delaware), and Representative Joseph Kennedy III (Massachusetts). This ...
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Honduran Drug Trafficking Organization in Treasury’s Crosshairs

U.S. Treasury Department Office of Public Affairs For Immediate Release Contact: Hagar Chemali, Treasury Public Affairs (202) 622-2960 Los Valles Organization Targeted for OFAC Sanctions WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today announced the designation of the Los Valles drug trafficking organization in Honduras and Honduran ...
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