Joint Statement on the U.S.-Paraguay Political and Economic Dialogue

Joint Statement
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 20, 2016


The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and Paraguay on the occasion of the second United States – Paraguay Political and Economic Dialogue.

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On June 20, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon and Paraguayan Vice Minister of Foreign Relations Oscar Cabello held the second United States – Paraguay Political and Economic Dialogue in Washington, D.C. This second Dialogue was a new opportunity for our two nations to discuss our strong bilateral relations, a comprehensive partnership to strengthen democratic institutions, expanding economic growth, and developing new opportunities for Paraguayans and Americans. There were also discussions on regional and global cooperation in different fora.

During the June 20 Political and Economic Dialogue, the heads of delegations highlighted progress in our diplomatic and trade relations, advancements in educational and development cooperation, and coordination of our regional and global efforts. The United States highlighted important advances by the Government of Paraguay to guarantee freedom of access to public information and government transparency, as well as efforts to combat corruption.

Notably:

  • The United States and Paraguay signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a Trade and Transparency Unit to enhance customs cooperation, a tool that will contribute to the prevention, investigation, and reduction of customs violations.
  • We celebrated the recently signed Agreement between the Fulbright Program and the Carlos Antonio Lopez Post-Graduate Scholarship Program to encourage and foster research and application of new knowledge in Paraguay, via scholarships for Paraguayans, financed by the Carlos Antonio Lopez Post-Graduate Scholarship Program and the Fulbright Program.
  • We announced the inclusion of Paraguay in the Department of Commerce’s 2016 Trade Winds – Latin America mission.
  • We agreed to establish an annual Animal & Plant Health Technical Meeting to strengthen and expand technical assistance.
  • We announced a U.S. Department of Energy donation of radiation detection equipment to the Paraguayan Radiological and Nuclear Regulatory Authority (ARRN). The equipment will build national capacity in locating and securing orphaned radioactive source materials and help ARRN personnel with advanced radiation detection practices and procedures.

Both delegations reiterated our commitment to continued cooperation on development, including in education, environment, and international collaboration to promote human rights in fora such as the InterAmerican Human Rights Commission and the UN Human Rights Council, among others.

We look forward to continuing regular consultations on this broad range of bilateral, regional, and global issues to underscore our strong and constructive partnership.