Long Beach: Mayor Robert Garcia is in Honduras today with the United States State Department to attend meetings with government and business leaders. He will discuss issues of importance to both nations, including economic development, trade and human rights, and will participate as a featured speaker at an LGBT Latin American leadership conference hosted by the Victory Institute. He will also meet with Port Executives.
In addition to attending the conference, Mayor Garcia will meet with United States Ambassador to the Republic of Honduras James Nealon, visit Puerto Cortes (the highest-volume port in Central America) and meet with the Cortes Chamber of Commerce. He will also visit a youth outreach center, and meet with a contingent of mayors from Honduras to discuss important municipal trends and policies.
The State Department is sponsoring the trip; no City funds are being used.
“This is a great opportunity for the City of Long Beach to strengthen our relationship with an important trading partner, and to discuss policies that advance economic development and human rights,” said Mayor Garcia. “I am looking forward to supporting the important work of our state department in advancing trade and equality.”
This is the first official visit to Central America by Mayor Garcia, and his first official State Department trip.