Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Mayor of Montevideo (Minnesota) Off to Montevideo (Uruguay)!

Patrick Moore just passed along news that the West Central Tribune has published an article about the upcoming visit of Montevideo Mayor Debra Lee Fader  to Montevideo, Uruguay. The mayor has been invited to Uruguay for two weeks in December through the diplomatic efforts of Consul General Nury Bauzan, who has visited Minnesota several times, including a trip to Montevideo, Minn. Partners of the Americas is providing a travel grant, which is helping to make this historic exchange possible. Mayor Fader is pictured below with Governor Mark Dayton.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Senior officials launch new Business Fellows matching program

Partners of the Americas in Washington shared the photo below from the official launch of the new Business Fellows matching program yesterday. Our Minnesota-Uruguay Chapter has offered to assist with the ambitious endeavor. The meeting was covered by the Tico Times in Costa Rica. More details below.

Pictured from left, Mr. Alejandro Buvinic, Head of the Economic Department, ProChile, Mr. Matt Clausen, Vice President for Partnerships and Programs, H.E. Muni Figueres, Ambassador of Chile to the United States, Mr. Francisco J. Sanchez, Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade, Ms. Roberta Jacobson, Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere, and H.E. Felipe Bulnes, Ambassador of Chile to the United States.

Official Launch of the Matching Program   
Today marks the official launch of  
the International Business Fellows Matching Program!

In a ceremony at the Chilean Ambassador's residence in Washington, D.C., these officials will kick off the program: 
  • H.E. Muni Figueres, Ambassador of Costa Rica to the United States
  • H.E. Felipe Bulnes, Ambassador of Chile to the United States
  • Mr. Francisco J. Sanchez, Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade
  • Ms. Roberta Jacobson, Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere
  • Mr. Matt Clausen, Vice President of Partnerships and Programs at Partners of the Americas 
They will each speak to this unique partnership between the private and public sectors to promote the exchange of expertise and best practices among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Americas.  

Matching is a being launched as a pilot program with Chile and Costa Rica, but there are opportunities to expand it to 
additional countries with the right support.

Why Matching?

Fellows and host organizations can both greatly benefit from the relationships ignited by the Matching program. It's a wonderful opportunity for SME leaders to share best practices, target skill-building, and forge potentially life-long partnerships to build strong businesses.

1-2-3 Match!
  1. Qualified Fellows and their SMEs are recruited and selected
  2. Partners works with Chapter members to select host organizations and works with Fellows to craft meaningful and educational experiences
  3. Fellows apply lessons in their home organizations and work to build a hemispheric network of professionals 
If you are interested in Partners implementing Matching in your country and think that there is public and private sector support for this initiative then contact Lauren Boetsch atlboetsch@partners.net or Melissa Golladay at mgolladay@partners.net to learn more. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

New photos from the Wanderlust Exhibit

We received the photos below from this month's Wanderlust exhibit, organized at the University of Minnesota by Sarah Trembley, a board director of Minnesota-Uruguay Partners. It included the work of other members like Kati Mae Duesler, Diane Katsiaficas, Mark Knierim, Anne Sugnet and many others.


November 5th- 16th 

Opening Reception
November 8th, 2012
Regis Center for the Arts
Quarter Gallery
405 21st Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Please join us for a night of art, international food, stories, and music, as 25 Minneapolis artists gather to share highlights and new perspectives inspired from their travels.
o    5:00pm – 6:00pm Influx Room, East Regis Center for the Arts. Artist Talk; 10 artists share how their art and perspectives alter after unique explorations
o    6:00pm Lobby, East Regis Center for the Arts. International Buffet and Music
o    6:00pm - 8:00pm Quarter Gallery, East Regis Center for the Arts. Opening Reception

exhibiting artists                       

Laura Bigger
Kelsey Bosch
Kat Busch
Bipin Butala
Kate Casanova
Joni Christenson
Cindy Cribbs
Daniel Dean
Kati Duesler
Matt Franzen
Jim Gubernick
Terez Iacovino
Diane Katsiaficas
 Mark Knierim
Paul Linden
Lynn Lukkas
Joyce Lyons
Ben Moren
Wayne Potratz
Sonja Peterson
Natalie Patera
Anne Sugnet
Manny Trembley
Sarah Trembley
Kazua Vang

*Special thanks to Partners of the Americas and University of Minnesota Art Department

For further question regarding w@nderlust, please contact Sarah Trembley at trem0092@umn.edu


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Profile of Uruguay's president on the BBC

Longtime member of Minnesota-Uruguay Partners, Ted Bowman, shared this BBC News profile of Uruguay's president with us.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Momentum Builds for Criminal Justice Reform Project

Uruguayans and Minnesotans working together to share best practices in criminal justice and prison reform continue to build momentum for new innovations in the field.

For two weeks in October, Bruce McManus, Connie Roehrich and Diane Levendusky were hosted in Uruguay by officials across a range of disciplines in the criminal justice system.

The three volunteers with Minnesota-Uruguay Partners of the Americas met with Interior Minister Eduardo Bonomi, as well as a host of professionals in the prison, police and judiciary systems.

Connie Roehrich, a former warden of Minnesota's largest prison, helped train police and prison officials on incident command systems and hostage crisis negotiations, as well as general prison management issues.

In his trip report to Washington, McManus, who was Minnesota's deputy corrections commissioner as well as a prison warden, said that after six years of working with his colleagues in Uruguay, the nation is developing "an impressive management organization for its criminal justice system." "It is moving carefully to fill positions with individuals who have experience in police, prison and human services management," he added. "They appear to welcome change and are impressive as individuals."

Photos of the Minnesota team with Minister Bonomi and other moments from the visit appear below.