TEGUCIGALPA, M.D.C. – Representative Steve Chabot (Republican from the state of Ohio), Chairman of the House Committee on Small Business, completed a two-day trip to Tegucigalpa today where he met with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, as well as key business and government leaders to explore economic opportunities for U.S. companies looking to do business in Honduras. The Congressman also witnessed Honduran and U.S. efforts to improve security and enhance economic prosperity, with the aim of stemming the flow of irregular migration to the United States.
During one of his stops, Congressman Chabot visited the Tegu Toys factory, one of four small-business finalists for the Department of State’s ACE Award for Corporate Social Responsibility. “Tegu has an amazing story,” commented Congressman Chabot. “They are a model for all American companies in Honduras and around the world with regards to their ability to create a thriving business that is also making a positive impact in the country where it is located,” he continued.
The Congressman also visited with current students and graduates of METAS, a USAID vocational skills development program that offers job training for underserved youth who might otherwise struggle to find gainful employment and matches them with jobs after they complete the program. “I’m pleased to see the government and the private sector work hand-in-hand to offer a brighter future for young people,” remarked Chabot.
In his meeting with President Hernandez, Congressman Chabot discussed congressional funding that will support the region’s Alliance for Prosperity plan and the importance of continued economic partnerships between Honduras and the United States.