The Secretary of Commerce Will Lead the U.S. Delegation at Nayib Bukele’s Presidential Inauguration

The Secretary of Commerce Will Lead the U.S. Delegation at Nayib Bukele’s Presidential Inauguration

May 23, 2019

In recognition of President-elect Nayib Bukele’s focus on economic development, U.S. President Donald J. Trump named Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to lead the U.S. delegation to attend El Salvador’s Presidential inauguration ceremony on June 1, 2019. Secretary Ross’s delegation includes United States Ambassador to El Salvador Jean Elizabeth Manes, Acting President and Chief Executive Officer from Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) David Bohigian, and U.S. Department of State Assistant Secretary Kimberly Breier.

On March 13, President-elect Nayib Bukele announced his vision for the relationship between El Salvador and the United States during a speech at the Heritage Foundation saying, “We want to do business with you… if the U.S. starts doing business with us that will really make a big difference [for El Salvador]. That is solid and it will create jobs for Salvadorans who are very, very hard working people.” This presidential delegation is an endorsement to these statements and represents the U.S. commitment to stand with El Salvador in addressing the economic challenges that the country faces, including: the revitalization of the manufacturing sector, attracting investments, strengthening small and medium enterprises, modernizing customs regulations, and elimination of bureaucratic red tape. The United States will continue to be a strategic partner for El Salvador on its path to greater prosperity.


Delegation Members

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross is the principal voice of business in the Trump Administration. He has over 55 years of investment banking and private equity experience. Secretary Ross has been chairman or lead director of more than 100 companies operating in more than 20 different countries.

Ambassador Jean E. Manes was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 9, 2015 as United States Ambassador to the Republic of El Salvador. Ambassador Manes believes in comprehensive solutions that include government, business, civil society, and most importantly the contribution of every citizen.

Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of OPIC, David Bohigian, has extensive experience in both the public and private sector. OPIC is a self-sustaining U.S. Government agency that helps American businesses invest in more than 160 countries around the world.

Kimberly Breier is the Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. Ms. Breier is a policy expert and intelligence professional with more than 20 years of experience in foreign policy, primarily focused on Western Hemisphere affairs.

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