EMBASSY of CHILE
A newspaper published by the Embassy of Chile to the United States www.chile-usa.org | December 2010 | Nº2
Worldwide recognition of Chilean achievement
Successful rescue of miners was landmark event for the Embassy in 2010 Agreement signed with MIT Chile is the third Latin American country to participate in an exclusive innovation program created by the prestigious center for higher-education in Boston.| page 2
Major Bicentennial Celebration The Embassy and the Chilean community commemorated the Bicentennial with cultural, academic, religious, social and recreational activities. | page 6
The embassy’s role in sending equipment to Copiapó, U.S. assistance and a massive celebration on the Embassy’s doorstep were the highlights of an event that underscored the value of human life. Diplomatic efforts for the year 2010 at the Embassy of Chile in the United States were marked by a momentous event that will resound for years to come: the successful rescue of 33 miners trapped in the San José mine, near Copiapó, on October 12 and 13. There were several connections between the Embassy and the heroic quest taking place thousands of miles away in Chile, which became a global symbol of the struggle to save human lives. The first and most relevant connection was through the shipment of the drill head to the area where the men were trapped (see insert 1). The equipment was loaded on a truck in Pennsylvania and then sent to Chile via plane from Miami. The Embassy secured fast and free transportation from U.S. based UPS Foundation for the 13 tons of equipment. Of the three drilling plans devised by the Chilean government, this proved to be the quickest and most effective, and resulted in the successful rescue. Also, as reported in the first issue of Embassy of Chile News, NASA –after being contacted by Ambassador Fermandois- began providing support to the trapped miners in August.| continue in page 3
Nexoc Chile-U.S. 2010 Under the motto “Creating Networks for the Scientific Future of Chile,” the Embassy brought together researchers and representatives of a new generation of Chilean scientists currently in the United States.| page 5
Presidential visit to the United States
“Chile needs a Jobs style revolution” These were the words spoken by President Piñera in reference to Chile’s future, following an unconventional meeting with Steve Jobs. “The meeting with Apple Computer’s creator and Chairman, Steve Jobs, was one the most moving and inspiring moments of our visit to the United States,” commented President Sebastián Piñera at the end of his second visit to the country. He said they “touched upon subjects that we have both always been passionate about: happiness, family, the future, technology, entrepreneurship, the fight against poverty, education and life itself.” | continue in page 4
At the home of Apple founder, Steve Jobs, after the meeting with President Piñera. From left to right: Juan Ignacio Eyzaguirre, Chief of Staff for the Presidency; Ambassador Arturo Fermandois; Steve Jobs, President Piñera and his son, Sebastián.
The New and the Traditional in Chilean Exports Within the context of the Bicentennial, new food products surprised the gourmet market and the strong presence of Chilean wines was reconfirmed. | page 8
The Minister said… “This has been a Bicentennial full of symbols of unity.” | page 4
A special year for Chile and for our Mission
010 was a very special year for Chile and for our Mission in Washington, D.C. The election of a new coalition and the impeccable transfer of power proved that our democracy is in very good health. The devastating earthquake on February 27, measuring 8.8 on the Richter scale, and the efficient way in which the country tackled the aftermath, put our institutions and people to the test and demonstrated their ability to overcome great adversity. The observance of our Bicentennial in September showcased the unity and patriotism that permeates our country. Also, the recent visit of President Piñera to the United States evidenced the high esteem in which Chile is held in this country. The successful rescue of our 33 miners, trapped underground for 69 days at the San José mine near Copiapó, showed that Chile can summon many of its qualities, such as leadership, courage, solidarity, professionalism, and defense of human life for one single event. The epic events of Copiapó will be etched in the minds of Chileans and people around the world for years to come. Therefore they are the topic of the feature article in this second issue of Embassy of Chile News. Perhaps this was the occasion that would allow the American public to really get to know our country. At the request of the Chilean Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alfredo Moreno and Minister for Mining, Laurence Golborne, our Embassy contributed to the successful rescue operation, expediting the shipment of drilling equipment to Chile. We also opened our doors to the city of Was-
hington, D.C. during the last two days of the rescue to join in the Chilean --and worldwide-- jubilation. Three public exhibitions of the Fénix 2 capsule and other implements used in the rescue are being planned for the United States, and the items are already in Washington. Yet the year of diplomatic work encompassed more than just the rescue. When I arrived in Washington in June, my proposal was to make advancements on several fronts: professionally, to promote an open, familiar and engaged diplomacy. In addition to high diplomacy and its long-term objectives, this approach centered on the immediate needs of the country that we represent. The assistance provided by the United States to the rescue effort and during the prison crisis exemplifies this line of work. In the area of trade, and keeping in mind that eight years after entering into a Free Trade Agreement with the United States, 95.4% of our products enter this country with zero tariffs, we are determined to usher in a new and challenging era in our trade relations, one that we have designated “FTA 2.0.” New trade treaties will most likely emerge in the Pacific Basin, such as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Chile will have to maintain its level of competitiveness, open new markets and add value to its current exports (copper, salmon, forestry products, fruits and wine). Regarding the specific emphasis of our work, we intend to favor education and, within this field, learning of the English language. A number of initiatives arose from this Embassy and some are coming to fruition, such as the agreement between the U.S. State Department and the Chilean Ministry of Education that will send English teachers to Chile (the financial contribution has already made), the first seminar for Chilean scientists residing in the United States, and others. The Chile-California Agreement, trilateral cooperation with other Latin American countries, and joint efforts with the U.S. to provide training in the areas of emergency management and the environment are some examples of the issues that were covered by our team working at full speed in 2010, with the support of our Consulates and Armed Forces Missions. In pursuit of these goals, we traveled to Minnesota, California, Georgia, Pennsylvania, New York and Montana between June and December, fostering links between local authorities and businesses and Chile, its Consuls and resident communities. This publication attempts to convey at least a fraction of our annual portfolio of activities. For 2011, our Diplomatic Mission is committed to reaching as many --or even more—goals beneficial to both Chile and the U.S. as those achieved in the special year that was 2010.
Agreement signed in Boston:
MIT includes Chile in its exclusive innovation program Chile is the third Latin American country to reach an agreement of this type with the prestigious center for higher education in Boston, which will bring top-quality research to Chile. Chile is the third country in Latin America, following Brazil and Mexico, to be included by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in an innovation program that has been in operation for over 30 years. The Ambassador of Chile to the United States, Arturo Fermandois, and the Provost of MIT, L. Rafael Reif, signed an agreement that seeks to foster, accelerate and intensify the exchange of students, researchers and professors between Chile and this institution.
centers for innovation and technology, which led to an agreement being signed with Stanford University. MIT has previously signed this type of agreement with Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain and South Africa.
The agreement will be implemented by MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI), a program that emerged in the 1970s as an answer to the technological advances being made by Japan at that time. After noticing that Japan was sending professionals to various countries for the purpose of learning about both culture and local innovations, MIT decided to push forward with its own exchange initiative and so MISTI was born. In light of the circumstances, the first country considered for the program was Japan. As the decades have passed, MIT has signed agreements with other leading countries in the areas of culture and technology, paving the way for interactions that benefit both parties. Starting in 2011, the program will allow MIT students to take part in businesses, government agencies, universities and non-governmental organizations in Chile, working full time for several months on projects of mutual interest. The goal is to promote a dialogue among professors, researchers and students in Chile and at MIT, creating new joint proposals for onsite visits, workshops and internships. Initially, the project will involve 14 students from MIT and 6 different funds to support joint research between professors at MIT and in Chile. These numbers will increase yearly. Also participating in the signing ceremony in Boston were Suzanne Berger, Director of the MISTI program, and Nicolas Shea, Advisor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to the Ministry of the Economy of Chile. The idea for an agreement of this type emerged during a visit by members of the Ministry of the Economy to Silicon Valley. The purpose of the visit was to connect Chile with global
The Ambassador of Chile to the United States, Arturo Fermandois, and the Provost of MIT, L. Rafael Reif, after signing a cooperation agreement between Chile and this prestigious center for higher education. They are accompanied by the Advisor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to the Ministry of the Economy, Nicolas Shea, the director of the MISTI program, Suzanne Berger, and MIT professor, Arnoldo Hax.
Embassy opened its doors for unprecedented rescue of the miners From page 1 | The second connection with the rescue operation was the public gathering held on the steps of the Embassy at 1732 Massachusetts Avenue where a jumbo TV broadcast live rescue efforts, and the massive and emotional celebration that followed. We experienced two nights of joy, friendship and togetherness as a crowd joined together in front of the diplomatic mission and international media focused their attention on Copiapó (see insert 2).
The Embassy was the meeting point for Chileans and non-Chileans alike who watched the remarkable event shoulder-to-shoulder and accompanied the miners, their families, rescue personnel, Chilean authorities and the Chilean people in spirit. A giant outdoor video screen was set up to show the entire rescue operation. In addition, the Embassy provided a book so that those attending the event could express their good wishes in writing. Addressed to the miners and their loved ones, the book served as an impromptu bridge for long-distance human contact and will become historic evidence of the solidarity, concern and sympathy felt for the 33 miners. The Embassy received many visitors during the rescue, including diplomats, business leaders, politicians and ordinary citizens (see insert 3). The most emotional moment took place when the first miner, Florencio Avalos, was rescued. After midnight on October 13, more than 300 people were gathered in front of the Embassy building. Among cheering and the traditional Chilean celebratory cry of “c-h-i..!,” Ambassador Arturo Fermandois uncorked a bottle of champagne and invited those present to join in the singing of the Chilean national anthem. “We Chileans are very resilient, we overcome all tragedies. The rescue has prompted us to reflect on this aspect of our national identity,” said an emotional Fermandois. Several qualities surfaced as the rescue operation unfolded. Among them were the value of human life and of a job well done, courage, and solidarity. Also on display were institutions performing their duties correctly, an open political and economic system that allowed help to be sent and transparency throughout the entire process. It was a historic moment that made Chile proud and will remain in the hearts and memories of many as a landmark moment in 2010.
Many U.S. institutions helped in the rescue operation Pennsylvania Center Rock Inc. provided the rotadrill rig (Schramm T-685) which was the first to reach the refuge where the miners had found shelter on August 22. U.S. technicians Jeff Hart and Matt Stafell operated the Schramm T-130 DX tophead drill that opened up the 624 meter deep shaft through which the miners were brought to the surface. The UPS Foundation graciously provided free transportation for the drill heads from Pennsylvania to Miami by truck and then to Santiago and Copiapó by plane --all within 24 hours. On August 31, a NASA team arrived in Santiago to assist in the rescue of the miners. They remained in Copiapó from September 1 - 4. The group of experts was led by Dr. James M. Duncan and included Dr. J.D. Polk, psychologist Al Holland and engineer Clint Cragg.
In a ceremony on October 22 in Philadelphia, Ambassador Fermandois officially recognized some of the companies that took part in the successful rescue of the miners. Print media coverage Print media coverage of the rescue was greatest in the United States. Between August and October 2010, U.S. media published 14,553 news stories linked to the miners. In Chile, 251 articles were published. Number of articles published by print media throughout the world.
Chilean Ambassador to the United States, Arturo Fermandois, with AFL-CIO President, Richard L. Trumka.
Assistant Secretary of State, Arturo Valenzuela, and Cultural Attaché, Nicolas Bär, the day the Embassy opened its doors to the community.
Members of the Chilean community wait anxiously for the rescue of the miners while watching the jumbo TV screen in front of the Embassy building.
Expressions of solidarity by U.S. authorities
In the United States:
Images from various events linked to the successful rescue operation
President Barack Obama meets with individuals and representatives of U.S. institutions that helped in rescuing the 33 miners at the White House.
Source: Fundación Imagen País (Chile).
The vigil and celebration organized by the Embassy was attended by personalities such as the President of the AFL-CIO --also a miner--, Richard L. Trumka; Assistant Secretary of State, Arturo Valenzuela and NASA representative, James M. Duncan, as well as many members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution expressing solidarity with the trapped miners and their families, while Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, conveyed his concern and willingness to provide support. Likewise, the Government of the United States sent a message to its Chilean counterpart stating “we pray that by God’s grace, the miners will be able to emerge safely and return to their families soon.” Finally, the Mayor of Washington D.C. designated November 12 as Rescued Miners Day.
Ambassador Arturo Fermandois and the Mayor of Washington D.C., Vincent Gray, during the designation of November 12 as Rescued Miners Day.
Edison Peña, one of the 33 rescued miners, was a guest on the Late Show with David Letterman and ran in the New York marathon.
The star of Comedy Central, Stephen Colbert, appears at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear at the National Mall in Washington, in a capsule Rescued miners appear on the CNN Heroes similar to the Fénix 2 and is received by his partner in satire and political humor, Jon Stewart. show in Los Angeles.
Presidential visit to the United States Alfredo Moreno, Minister of Foreign Affairs
The Minister said… Excerpts from speeches made by the Chilean Minister of Foreign Affairs. · China: “Chile is among those countries that have had very active relationships with China, in fact tomorrow we are going to celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations. It is also the first country to have a Free Trade Agreement with China, the first country to recognize it as a market economy so that it could join the WTO and the first Chilean consulate in the region was located here.” (Beijing, China, November 16, 2010) · APEC: “It is the only forum that brings together both sides of the Pacific, that represents more than half of the global economy and trade, that operates by consensus and that provides an opportunity for promoting ideas which can later be turned into realities.” (Yokohama, Japan, November 11, 2010)
“Chile needs a Jobs style revolution” From page 1 | In addition to this unconventional meeting, which took place without security or press at the home of the successful U.S. businessman, the presidential calendar included various commitments in New York, Los Angeles and Palo Alto. The demanding schedule required the delegation to work long days between September 22 and 25. New York was the first stop on the tour. Here, the President delivered his first speech before the 65th UN General Assembly underscoring the two main challenges that his Administration had had to face to date: the earthquake of February 27 and the rescue of the 33 miners (which had not yet been successfully completed). Afterwards, President Piñera met with Heads of State, attended the opening of Chile Day at the New York Stock Exchange, spoke to the Council of the Americas and the Foreign Policy Association and even made time to meet with Microsoft founder, Bill Gates. He accomplished all of this in less than 48 hours.
On September 24, the presidential plane landed in Los Angeles after midnight. After a few hours of sleep, the President started the day by enthusiastically addressing hundreds of business leaders at the ChileCalifornia, Opportunities for Business event, organized by ProChile and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. The Chile-California Council was established at this time. This was followed by a private meeting with the Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and then a more extensive dialogue that included Chilean Ministers for the Economy, Agriculture, Energy, the Environment and Culture, as
· Nestor Kirchner: “I come on behalf of my government to express our condolences for this terrible and sad loss, not only for Argentina, but also for its neighbors like Chile and for all of the Americas. We hope that our words also reach the President of Argentina.” (Santiago, Chile, October 27, 2010) · 2010 Telethon Kickoff: “I feel very close to the Telethon, after so many years of involvement during which I was Director and then President. We must ask people to make a renewed effort; without it, it will be impossible to finance the current 10 Centers, which will increase to 14 in the future. There are hundreds of thousands of children who depend upon this Telethon and I am sure that the Chileans, as always, know how to respond and we will be able to continue with this wonderful work.” (Santiago, Chile, October 6, 2010) · The United States and the rescue of the miners: “The United States responded immediately to the request for assistance in rescuing the miners trapped in the San Jose Mine.” (New York, United States, September 27, 2010) · The Bicentennial and participation of foreign delegations, especially from Latin America: “This has been a Bicentennial full of symbols of unity, with great participation by foreign countries. I am very happy with what we have witnessed during these days… We were born 200 years ago, independence for all of these countries was built together, Argentineans with Chileans, Chileans with Peruvians, Bolivar was present in every Latin American country, helping them to achieve independence. We were together at the start of our independent life and 200 years later we find each other again.” (Valparaiso, Chile, September 20, 2010)
President Piñera attended a dinner at Stanford offered by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
Working meeting held by President Piñera and the Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Chilean Ministers for Agriculture, the Economy and Energy accompany the President. The First Lady of California sits to the left of Governor Schwarzenegger. President Sebastian Piñera talks with Bill Gates in New York, while accompanied by members of his delegation, which included Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno and Chilean Ambassador to the U.S. Arturo Fermandois.
well as the Chilean Ambassador to the United States. During the lunch that ensued, the President invited the Governor of California to visit Chile. The one day that the President and his entourage were in Los Angeles was not only jammed full of meetings, but several agreements were also signed in key areas such as education, human capital, energy and agriculture. “This meeting between Chile and California shows us that, for this strategic partnership, the best is yet to come,” said an optimistic President Piñera moments before boarding the plane that took him to Palo Alto, 40 minutes outside of San Francisco. Once there, the President visited Stanford’s Hoover Institution, had lunch with former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, and –as mentioned above- met with Steve Jobs. Jobs’ life experience and his unassuming manner impressed the President, who said that “over the next 100 years, Chile needs a Jobs style revolution: one that brings out creativity, courage, daring and a great effort from everyone involved. But one that is also humane, sensitive and keeps in mind that we are in love with life and with our country.
A Glimpse at the Chilean Consulates
The General Consulate of Chile in Chicago Address: 1415 N. Dayton St., Fl2, Chicago, Illinois, 60642 / Website: www.cgchicago.com The General Consulate of Chile in Chicago is headed by Minister Counselor José Miguel González and his Chief of Staff Angélica Araya and maintains ties with more than 2500 Chileans living in the region. The Consulate General oversees the Honorary Consulates of Chile in Michigan and Kansas City, headed by Mariella Griffor and Robert Evans, respectively. Chicago is the third largest economy within the United States and therefore a trade office was opened in August 2010. The current Pro-Chile trade representative is Carolina Ordóñez. Since August, a network of more than 400 contacts with private businesses has been established and more than 10 trade missions have been made involving over 80 Chilean companies that have visited Chicago in the search for business. Moreover, the Chicagoland area is home to more than 130 public and private higher education institutions. Thus the number of Chilean students in Chicago and the surrounding areas has increased significantly since the initiation of the Becas Chile scholarship program.
Consul General M.C. José Miguel Gonzáles S.
ProChile Trade Office Trade Representative Carolina Ordóñez
Chief of Staff Angélica Araya
Secretary for the Consulate Viviana Gaete
Secretary to the Consul General Lucilla Chapoy
Nexos Chile U.S. 2010
First meeting of Chilean Scientists in the United States The meeting, featuring presentations of high scientific interest, filled the halls of the Embassy. The goal was met: contacts, information and knowledge were exchanged among a new generation of Chilean scientists in the United States. NOTEWORTHY RESEARCH EARLY DIAGNOSIS OF ALZHEIMERS:
VACCINE TO PREVENT THE TRANSMISSION OF ANIMAL DISEASES TO HUMANS:
Natalia Salvadores, research assistant from the University of Texas in Houston, has focused her work on the search for a way to diagnose this disease in its early stages, which unfortunately is commonly diagnosed in Natalie Salvadores is a research assis- its latter stages. tant at the University of Texas.
More than 60 professionals attended the first meeting of Chilean scientists in the United States which took place at the Embassy of Chile in Washington, D.C. on Friday, October 29. The session was inaugurated by Minister Counselor Roberto Matus. Under the motto Nexos Chile US, Creating Networks for the Scientific Future of Chile, the meeting brought together Chilean doctoral and post-doctoral researchers who are carrying out projects in universities and scientific centers on the East coast of the United States
(see insert). This event was organized by the Embassy of Chile and members of the Group of Chilean Scientists of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, which is made up of researchers primarily in the bio-sciences area. Therefore, the majority of participants are involved in this type of scientific research. One goal of the meeting was to establish a space for dialogue between these scientists and Chilean institutions in order to ease and promote their reentry into academia and the labor market in Chile.
Javier Santander, a researcher at Arizona State University, has developed a form of vaccine that causes a complete immunoprotective response and can be used against various bacteria, viruses and parasites. Javier Santander is a researcher at Arizona State University.
The other objective was to establish more fluid interaction and contact among Chilean scientists who are working in the United States. Activities were programmed for the entire day and relied on the participation of distinguished guests from both Chile and the United States. First, Francisco Bezanilla and Julio Fernández, prestigious Chilean professors from the University of Chicago and Columbia University, respectively, expounded upon their scientific research and accumulated experience over many successful years. Then the Vice President
THE ORIGIN OF PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS: The post doctoral candidate Pablo Moya, of the National Institutes of Health, has discovered new genes that can signal a predisposition to mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder, depression and obsessive-compulsive diResearcher Pablo Mayo works at the sorder. National Institutes of Health.
of the research laboratory for the company 3M, Dr. Larry A. Wendling spoke. He noted that some scientific discoveries lead to technologies that can provide solutions for a wide range of daily needs. Also present were María Elena Boisier, director of the National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development in Chile; María Teresa Marshall, executive director of the Council of Deans of Chilean Universities, and Cristián Hernández, director for business development at the Fundación Ciencias para la Vida. They participated in
a roundtable discussion on the development of science in Chile, its current state and future prospects. Finally, it was the turn of the new generation. At the poster exhibit, Chilean scientists studying in the United States took the opportunity to present their own on-going research. This part of the event really highlighted the focus on the future, as alluded to in the meeting’s title.
Chilean professors Julio Fernández, of Columbia University and Francisco Bezanilla, of the University of Chicago, speak during the meeting.
Carolina Santa Cruz de Fermandois welcomed the participants of this first meeting of Chilean scientists to the Ambassador’s Residence.
Jaime Muñoz, First Secretary in the political Department of the Embassy of Chile in the United States with the co-organizers of the meeting Alexia Núñez, Marcelo Diaz and Christian Cea.
First Secretary Jaime Muñoz presents the prize for the best scientific poster to María Paz Ramos from Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
General view of the meeting. In first plane María Elena Boisier, director of the National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development in Chile.
Major Bicentennial celebration
Embassy of Chile in United States
Last September Chile celebrated the 200th anniversary of events leading to its independence. To mark the occasion, the Embassy programmed a number of special activities over a period of ten days, including cultural, academic, official and recreational events. CHILEAN PAINTINGS
“O’HIGGINS, LIVING TO EARN HIS NAME”
The celebration began on September 8 with the inauguration of a show featuring the work of Washington, D.C. based Chilean artists Cristina Montero and Joan Belmar in the halls of the Embassy. Guests included members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps, the cultural world and the Chilean community.
On September 13 the Embassy, in conjunction with the Army Mission of Chile to the United States, showed a documentary film on the life of national hero Bernardo O’Higgins. The movie, directed by Ricardo Larraín, gave the audience an opportunity to learn about Chile’s founding father through the language of cinema. After the presentation of the film on the life of Bernardo O’Higgins, the head of the Army Mission of Chile to the United States, General Eduardo Gárate, presented the Embassy, the Consulate and Westland Middle School with prints depicting the hero. Minister Counselor Roberto Matus received one of the prints on behalf of the Embassy.
A VIEW FROM EMBASSY ROW The curator, Matías Cuevas; the Ambassador of Costa Rica, Muni Figueres; artist Cristina Montero; Ambassador Arturo Fermandois and artist Joan Belmar.
AN EVENING WITH THE CLASSICS On September 14 the Official Residence of the Ambassador of Chile was the venue selected for a concert by Chilean soprano Elisa Córdova and U.S. pianist Melody Fader. The audience enjoyed a 90 minute program which included opera, piano pieces and some popular tunes, among them, two songs by folk artist Violeta Parra.
Pianist Melody Fader; Ambassador of Chile to the United States, Arturo Fermandois; soprano Elisa Córdova and Carolina Santa Cruz de Fermandois.
Among those attending the concert: Former U.S. Ambassador to Chile, Paul Simons; Bettina Horst de Paya; U.S. Department of State officer, Caroline Croft; Chilean Ambassador to the OAS, Darío Paya.
OFFICIAL RECEPTION At 12:30 on September 16, the Residence of the Ambassador of Chile to the United States opened its doors for the Official Bicentennial Reception. Attendees included high ranking members of the Obama Administration, members of Congress, the Diplomatic and Consular Corps, business leaders, heads of think-tanks, academics and members of the Chilean community. The halls of the Residence were packed with guests engaged in lively conversations while enjoying traditional Chilean food and folk music.
On September 15 the program continued with a roundtable discussion, organized by the Embassy of Chile to the United States. The Inter-American Dialogue and The Heritage Foundation participated in the event, during which panelists from the government, academia and well known think-tanks discussed Chile at its bicentennial and perspectives for its future.
Members of the discussion panel: Inter-American Dialogue President, Michael Schifter; Heritage Foundation expert, Jim Roberts; Director of the Johns Hopkins University Latin American Program, Riordan Roett; Former Director General for Foreign Policy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile, Carlos Portales; and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Craig Kelly.
NOTABLE CHILEANS IN WASHINGTON, D.C. On September 17, during a dinner organized by the Consulate of Chile in Washington, D.C. and Corporación Cultural de Chile, the Embassy awarded the Bicentennial Distinction to eight Chilean citizens from the Washington, D.C. area. The honorees were recognized for their selfless assistance to the Chilean community and for having greatly enhanced the image of Chile abroad.
Ambassador Arturo Fermandois and Julia Canales, from Julia’s Empanadas, one of the honorees.
The Ambassador of Chile with Undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Edward Avalos.
Ambassador Fermandois; Representative Elliot Engel, Chairman of the Subcommitee on the Western Hemisphere; Ambassador of Mexico, Arturo Sarukhan and Carolina Santa Cruz de Fermandois.
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Ambassador Craig Kelly; Professor Riordan Roett, Johns Hopkins University; Assistant Secretary of State, Arturo Valenzuela and Ambassador Arturo Fermandois.
Singer José Alfredo “Pollo” Fuentes kept the party in high spirits.
TE DEUM On Saturday, September 18 a mass was held at the Cardinal McCarrick Center in Silver Spring. The religious event helped to mark the 200 year anniversary of Chile’s first national government. The ceremony was officiated by the Auxiliary Bishop of Washington, Monsignor Francisco González, assisted by Chilean priests from Fraternidad de San José Custodio and Instituto del Verbo Encarnado.
FAMILY CELEBRATION IN THE PARK Festivities were brought to a close on Sunday, September 19 with a Family Party at Takoma Park, organized by the Consulate in Washington, D.C. in cooperation with the Corporación Cultural Chile. Over three thousand Chileans attended, enjoying traditional food and games and a show that included singer José Alfredo Fuentes and the folk group Brisas de Chile.
Traditional Chilean games organized by the Chilean Army Mission to the United States. The Te Deum was officiated by Monsignor Francisco González, Auxiliary Bishop of Washington.
Ambassador Arturo Fermandois; Colonel Eduardo Mann, Head of the Air Force Mission; General Eduardo Gárate, Head of the Army Mission; Rear-Admiral Piero Fagandini, Head of the Navy Mission and Colonel Jorge Velozo, Carabineros Attaché.
Various food stands were set up for the party.
A children’s drawing contest was organized by The Chairman of the Corporación Cultural de the Chilean Air Force Mission to the United Chile, Hugo Ramírez, and group of Chileans liStates. ving in the United States.
From the Ambassador’s Agenda PRESIDENTIAL GREETINGS AT THE WHITE HOUSE
On October 5, the President and the First Lady of the United States hosted an official reception in honor of the Heads of Foreign Missions accredited to Washington, D.C.
HONORING THE PARTICIPATION OF U.S. COMPANIES IN THE RESCUE OF THE MINERS The governor of Pennsylvania, Ed Rendell, highlighted the participation of three local companies (Center Rock Inc., Schramm Inc. and Aramark) in the rescue of 33 miners in Chile, which he described as “the best story of 2010.” Ambassador Arturo Fermandois and the Minister of Defense Jaime Ravinet took part in the ceremony held in the State Capitol on December 8.
A Selection of activities between Sept. and Dec. 2010
CHILEAN WINES AND BEEF FROM MONTANA, A STRATEGIC ASSOCIATION
Montana meat producers and Wines of Chile joined forces to present the best of their products. The Senator from Montana, Max Baucus (in the picture), the Ambassador of China to the United States, Yesui Zhang, and the president of Wines of Chile, Rene Merino, were among those who enjoyed the evening of gastronomy organized by the Embassy on November 16.
INVESTMENT IN TOURISM
More than 30 representatives from the U.S. travel industry attended a presentation on the PatagoniaSur project at the Ambassador's Residence on December 16. This initiative is an innovative combination of environmental conservation and tourism that protects the traditional culture of Chilean Patagonia.
The new and the traditional in Chilean exports
A well Deserved Celebration Within the context of the Bicentennial, new food products were presented to the U.S. market and the ever growing presence of Chilean wines was spotlighted. As part of the festivities celebrating Chile’s 200th anniversary, the Economic Department of the Embassy organized a week of gastronomic activities. New gourmet products were launched and awards were given to those who stood out in promoting Chilean wines.
Chilean products in the United States
Carménère in the United States:
Chilean companies introduce new products into the high-end gastronomy market.
The Embassy of Chile in the United States brought together sommeliers, wine sellers and specialized journalists in honor of Chile wines. The winning variety of the evening was Carmenere.
Colihue sprouts surprise The rediscovery of a remarkable grape variety the gourmet market The Colihue is a plant native to Chile that grows in the wild. Today there is a completely new market for this product. After being harvested, treated and canned, it is being sold in exclusive gourmet stores as an alternative to the well known hearts of palm. As with the colihue, there are many other novel Chilean products being promoted outside of Chile, especially in the United States. So the Embassy in Washington, D.C. organized a gastronomic fair in which nine companies introduced their agricultural products and processed foods showcasing a wide range of flavors, textures and colors. The Chilean Gourmet Expo Show was held during the last week of September. Mussels, berry vinegars, and sea salt with spices were sampled, as were products made from snail, wagyu beef, pastas, canned goods, the Chilean spice mix called merken and wine. Importers, supermarket representatives and food journalists from local media attended the event.
Over seven thousand hectares in Chile are dedicated to the cultivation of the Carmenere grape. For more than 130 years this grape, originally from the Bordeaux region of France which produces a full bodied wine with a rich color, was considered to be extinct. However, in 1994 Carmenere was rediscovered in Chile (it had been introduced into Chile from France and over time had become confused with Merlot grapes). On September 27, the Embassy organized a wine tasting event called What’s Hot in Chilean Wine? – New Trends. The tasting involved more than 30 labels from 15 different vineyards and each one was paired with the appropriate food. Following the tasting, Lori Tieszen from Wines of Chile gave a presentation on the characteristics of national wines, especially the Carmenere wines. Representatives of wine stores, specialized journalists and sommeliers from major restaurants in Washington, D.C. met at the Embassy where they were given the opportunity to learn about the diversity of Chilean wine valleys and the added value of the Chilean supply in a competitive global market. During the show, Ambassador Arturo Fermandois awarded the prize “Best Sommelier for Chilean Wine 2010 – in the National Capital Area” to Jill Zimorski from the Café Atlantico restaurant in Washington, D.C. and to Ernest Brice from the Grape Seed Bistro in Maryland.
General view of the Chilean Gourmet Expo Show held at the Embassy of Chile.
Sommeliers Ernest Brice and Jill Zimorski receive recognition from the Embassy of Chile during the wine event What’s Hot in Chilean Wine? – New Trends.
75 Years promoting Chilean products
Anniversary celebration for the association of exporters in Washington, D.C. To mark ASOEX’s anniversary, several of the main actors involved in exporting fresh Chilean fruit to the United States were honored. After 75 years of hard work by the Association of Chilean Exporters (ASOEX), Chile can claim to be the principal exporter of fresh fruit from the southern hemisphere to the rest of the world. In fact, it represents 59.3% of the market. To celebrate both achievements, the President of ASOEX, Ronald Bown, approached the Embassy with the idea of jointly organizing a tribute to the people, institutions and companies that
have been instrumental in achieving such positive export figures. The proposal was immediately agreed to and at the end of September a ceremony was held at the Ambassador’s Residence to recognize 20 private agents and government officials who have been vital in successfully placing Chilean fruit products in the U.S. market.
Ambassador Arturo Fermandois and the President of ASOEX Ronald Bown, accompanied by representatives of the U.S. institutions honored at the Ambassador’s residence.
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