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Concordia Welcomes President Duque to the U.S

New York, February 22 2019 – “I remember when Concordia was simply an idea on a sheet of paper, and today it is one of the leading institutions for public and private sector cooperation in the world,” H.E. Iván Duque Márquez, President of the Republic of Colombia, speaking at February 13th’s Concordia-hosted dinner in Washington, D.C.

Just six months have passed since President Iván Duque Márquez was sworn into office as Colombia’s youngest president of the modern era. In that short time, the country has already shown signs of advancing into a new generation—one characterized by transformation, progression, and opportunity. Last week, Concordia welcomed President Duque to the U.S. to explore the role of cross-sector collaboration in driving a future of unity for Latin America as a whole.

Concordia hosts dinner with President Duque in Washington, D.C.

Last Wednesday, February 13th, Concordia was honored to host President Duque for dinner to mark the occasion of his visit to Washington, D.C. The intimate dinner provided an opportunity to hear first-hand from the President himself on not just the progress underway in Colombia, but also on the pressing nature of Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis. The dinner also marked the announcement of Concordia’s first international office in Bogotá, Colombia, opening this year. Additional speakers included Morgan Ortagus, Concordia Advisor, National Security Analyst, and Fox News Contributor, and Concordia Co-Founders Matthew Swift and Nicholas Logothetis.

Concordia welcomes President Duque to NYSE Closing Bell Ceremony in New York City

Two days later, on Friday, February 15th, Concordia welcomed President Duque to New York City for the ringing of the historic NYSE Bell at the Closing Bell Ceremony, marking the end of trading on Wall Street. In his remarks, the President examined the future of Colombia and emphasized the country as a place to do business. Concordia Members had the opportunity to participate in the ceremony, while listening to President Duque’s address and networking with other attendees. We thank John Tuttle, COO of NYSE, for his partnership.

Want to add your voice to the Americas discussion? Concordia will return to Bogotá, Colombia on May 13-14 to host its flagship regional convening in Latin America: the 2019 Americas Summit. Building off of Concordia’s track-record of convenings in the region, this year’s Americas Summit will provide an international platform through which to address immediate humanitarian, economic, and political issues facing the Western Hemisphere. Previous Concordia Americas Summit speakers include: Iván Duque Márquez, President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, Former President of Colombia, Lilian Tintori, Venezuelan Human Rights Activist, Joe Biden, 47th Vice President of the U.S., and Jorge Mario Velásquez, CEO of Grupo Argos. Learn more about the 2019 Americas Summit here. For the origins and history of Concordia’s Americas Initiative, click here.

Want to join the Concordia Community? Concordia Membership allows you to attend Concordia’s Regional and Annual Summits, as well as a wealth of year-round engagement opportunities with a global network of diverse perspectives across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. If you’re not already a Concordia Member, read more about the benefits here.

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