On February 11th, 2016, US Ambassador to Nicaragua, Laura Dogu visited the Managua Tiscapa Rotary Club, where she was able to share her vision of a close diplomatic and economic relationship between the US and Nicaragua. During this Rotary event, US Ambassador Laura Dogu made heartfelt remarks to Nicaraguans and fellow US investors among the audience. ECI Development's management team, including CEO Michael Cobb, COO Michael Hanyecz, and CFO Greg Dunlop, as well as Gran Pacifica Resort Managers Valeria Espinoza, Ruth Vado, and Adiak Barahona, were able to enjoy the presentation and greet US Ambassador Dogu. As Rotarians, Ruth Vado and Adiak Barahona invited Gran Pacifica and ECI directors to Ambassador Dogu's introduction to the Nicaragua's Rotary clubs.
The event, held at a Managua hotel, was packed with Rotarians, local business leaders, journalists, US citizens and family members. Dr. Rosa Marina Zelaya, former Governor of Rotary District 4240, gave a wonderfully welcoming speech introducing Ambassador Dogu. Dr. Zelaya encouraged Ambassador Dogu to support Rotary social service projects in Nicaragua.
US Ambassador with ECI Management Team.
Left to Right: ECI CFO Greg Dunlop, Gran Pacifica Manager Valeria Espinoza,
ECI COO Michael Hanyecz, US Ambassador Laura Dogu,
ECI VP of Marketing Adiak Barahona
Dr. Rosa Marina Zelaya, former Rotary Governor, introducing
US Ambassador Laura Dogu at the
Managua Tiscapa Rotary Club
During her presentation about her vision of the USA-Nicaragua Relationship, she emphasized three main topics; cooperation in prosperity, security and democracy. Ambassador Dogu encouraged Nicaraguans to have a 10 to 20 year vision for the development of the country. This includes preparing the government institutions, private sector and youth for the Technology Revolution that is going on right now in the world. She illustrated that the US government is cooperating with Nicaragua in projects with the Inter-American Development Bank to increase Nicaraguan Internet infrastructure. It has been proven that an increase in Internet bandwidth can lead to a 1% increase in the Gross Domestic Product of a nation.
Ambassador Dogu praised the economic stability of Nicaragua, and encouraged the country to embrace CAFTA (Central America Free Trade Agreement) to benefit local businesses. She also recognized the safety and anti-drug security of Nicaragua. She expressed that many U.S. citizens are proud to call themselves Nicaraguan-Americans, and increasing numbers of tourists from the United States are visiting the beautiful beaches, historic sites, and green spaces of Nicaragua for vacation and business.
Ambassador Dogu is a member of the USA Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor. From 2012 to 2015, she served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. There, she managed the many different facets of the U.S.-Mexico relationship, one that involves nearly every agency of the U.S. government. In mid-2015, Ambassador Dogu was confirmed by the US government to be the Ambassador of the United States to Nicaragua. Since then, she has fostered a close understanding with the people and government of Nicaragua.
Gran Pacifica Managers and Rotarian Rosa Downing with US Ambassador Dogu.
US Ambassador Dogu and ECI COO Michael Hanyecz
exchanging ideas at the Rotary Event.
Ambassador Dogu stated that the US government promotes a respectful dialog with all sectors of Nicaraguan society to continue to build better democratic institutions in Nicaragua. She clearly emphasized that local political decisions should be made by Nicaraguan citizens and the local government. Ambassador Dogu also acknowledged that not all countries have the exact same democratic systems; however, she said the US government has a commitment to foster universal democratic values such as freedom of the press, transparent elections and respect for all human rights.
Finally, she acknowledged that the global economy offers many opportunities and challenges ahead for the US and Nicaragua, and that she believes those global issues, such as better trade, regional epidemics, anti-drug campaigns and sustainable development, should be faced together by Nicaragua and the US as neighbors in the community of the Americas. After her presentation, the audience asked many economic and political questions. When the questions were over, Ambassador Dogu spent more than an hour talking with the guests and having a good time with Nicaraguan and US friends.