VP Biden Travel to Belgium and Germany


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Vice President Biden travels to Brussels, Belgium and Munich, Germany starting Thursday, February 5th through Sunday, February 8th. This will be the first trip to Brussels at this level for the Vice President; President Obama was in Brussels for a summit with European leaders last March.

The United States and Belgium share a close partnership. The Vice President looks forward to discussing their broad shared economic, security, and development agenda.

On Ukraine, the Vice President will discuss both the current escalation of the conflict by Russia and the need to impose additional costs on Russia for its ongoing aggression in eastern Ukraine and the economic reforms that Ukraine is undertaking and how the European Union and the United States, along with the international community can continue to galvanize additional financial support for Ukraine.

On energy security, the Vice President will discuss with the EU leadership, plans for diversifying fuel types, sources of energy, and transit routes to reduce the ability of any one country to use energy as a political weapon; and of course, they’ll likely consult on an ongoing negotiations around the world on climate change and our efforts in that respect, as well.

On TTIP, where negotiators are meeting this week, there will be a real opportunity for a fresh start in the negotiations. The Vice President will underscore that this agreement is really in the geostrategic interests of both the United States and Europe and the importance of our efforts to update the rules of the road globally, and set the standards for trade, in addition to bolstering growth and job creation on both (inaudible).

On terrorism, the Vice President will discuss our efforts to counter violent extremism, stem the flow in financing for foreign terrorist fighters to travel, and better share information on such individuals.

In Munich, on Saturday and Sunday of this week, the Vice President will attend the annual Munich Security Conference, where he’ll deliver remarks on European and global security challenges. The Vice President has spoken before at the Munich Security Conference, including in 2009, just after the President and the Vice President took office. And his visit will come just a day after our administration releases President Obama’s 2015 National Security Strategy as part of our effort to further define America’s foreign policy agenda and vision for U.S. global leadership. Accompanying Vice President Biden will be Secretary Kerry and a number of other senior U.S. officials, including a very substantial congressional delegation.

The Vice President will hold a joint meeting in a trilateral format with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. This will give the three leaders an opportunity to discuss the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and international support for Ukraine’s reform efforts, including through financial assistance.

The Vice President will also meet with the NATO Secretary General to discuss European security and in particular NATO’s Readiness Action Plan, as well as other ongoing efforts to strengthen the Alliance.

The Vice President will meet with a number of other European and international leaders including the European Parliament President, Martin Schulz; the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament, the European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Vice President Federica Mogherini, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili,  Montenegran Prime Minister Milo Đukanović, among others on the sidelines of the conference.

European Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP)

Feb 6 @ 15:30 T-TIP Conference 

2/6/15 Fact Sheet: The 2015 National Security Strategy

2/6/15 Letter from the President — National Security Strategy

2/6/15 Remarks by National Security Advisor Susan Rice on the 2015 National Security Strategy


Vice President Biden Belgium and Germany Travel Itinerary

Friday, February 6

Vice President Biden meets European Parliament President Martin Schulz and the European Parliament Conference of Presidents
European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium

Vice President Biden attends a working lunch with European Council President Donald Tusk
Justus Lipsius Building, Brussels, Belgium

Vice President Biden meets with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Vice President and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini
Berlaymont Building, Brussels, Belgium

Vice President Biden meets with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel
Egmont Palace, Brussels, Belgium

Vice President Biden meets with staff and families of the U.S. Embassy Brussels, the U.S. Mission to the European Union, and the U.S. Mission to NATO
U.S. Embassy Brussels, Brussels, Belgium

Vice President Biden departs Brussels en route Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden arrives in Munich, Germany
Munich International Airport

Vice President Biden overnights in Munich, Germany


Saturday, February 7

Vice President Biden attends the Munich Security Conference
Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden holds a trilateral meeting with Chancellor Merkel and President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine
Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden holds a bilateral meeting with President Rosen Plevneliev of Bulgaria
Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden deliver remarks to the Munich Security Conference
Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden holds a bilateral meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
Commerzbank Building, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq
Commerzbank Building, Munich, Germany


Sunday, February 8

Vice President Biden holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili of Georgia
Westin Grand Munchen Hotel, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Milo Dukanovic of Montenegro
Westin Grand Munchen Hotel, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden holds a bilateral meeting with Iraqi Kurdistan Regional President Masoud Barzani
Westin Grand Munchen Hotel, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden departs Munich en route Washington, D.C.


Munich Security Conference

The Munich Security Conference (MSC, German: Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz) is the largest international security policy conference and it held annually. The list of attendees includes Heads of States, Governments and International Organizations, Ministers, Members of Parliament, high-ranking representatives of Armed Forces, Science, Civil society as well as Business and Media.

Over the past five decades the Munich Security Conference (MSC) has become a key annual gathering for the international  “strategic community.” Since its foundation in 1963 as “Internationale Wehrkunde-Begegnung,” the MSC has been an independent forum dedicated to promoting peaceful conflict resolution and international cooperation and dialogue in dealing with today’s and future security challenges. It has especially focused on the transatlantic partnership. In addition to the traditional annual conference in Munich in early February, the MSC has developed smaller formats, including, in particular, MSC Core Group Meetings and Cyber Security Summits, to discuss key challenges in international security policy in different capitals around the world.

Learn more: https://www.securityconference.de/en/


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Munich Security Conference
February 6–8, 2015
Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, Germany


President Obama Travels to India & Saudi Arabia


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November 21, 2014

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to India

At the invitation of Prime Minister Modi, the President will travel to India in January 2015 to participate in the Indian Republic Day celebration in New Delhi as the Chief Guest. This visit will mark the first time a U.S. president will have the honor of attending Republic Day, which commemorates the adoption of India’s constitution. The President will meet with the Prime Minister and Indian officials to strengthen and expand the U.S.-India strategic partnership.


This will be President Obama’s second trip to India as a sitting president. President Obama will be accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obana, a delegation comprising of members of the Cabinet, Pentagon, White House officials, members of Congress and top American business leaders.


U.S. – India Strategic Cooperation
U.S. – India Energy and Climate Change
U.S. – India Education and Development
U.S. – India Trade and Economic Cooperation
U.S.-India Trade Agreements
U.S. – India Science and Technology, Health and Innovation


1/25/15 Fact Sheet: U.S. and India Climate and Clean Energy Cooperation
1/25/15 U.S.-India Joint Statement साँझा प्रयास – सबका विकास” – “Shared Effort; Progress for All”
1/25/15 U.S.-India Joint Strategic Vision for the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region
1/25/15 India-U.S. Delhi Declaration of Friendship

President Obama and First Lady Michelle’s India & Saudi Arabia Travel Itinerary

Sunday, January 25

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive in
Ramstein, Germany and Air Force One refuels
Ramstein Air Base

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama depart Ramstein Air Force Base en route New Dehli, India
Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive in India
Air Force Station Palam

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama participates in official arrival ceremony with India President Mukherjee
Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi, India

President Obama participates in a wreath laying ceremony and tree planting
Raj Ghat, New Delhi, India

President Obama attends a working lunch hosted by India Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Hyderabad House, New Delhi, India

President Obama participates in a walk and talk with India Prime Minister Modi
Hyderabad House, New Delhi, India

President Obama and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi hold a bilateral meeting
Hyderabad House, New Delhi, India

President Obama and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi hold a press conference
Hyderabad House, New Delhi, India

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama meet with Embassy personnel and families
ITC Maurya Hotel, New Dehli, India

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend a banquet in his honor by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee
Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi, India

Monday, January 26

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the Republic Day parade as the state guest of honor of India
Rajpath Saluting Base, New Delhi, India

President Obama meets with Congress Party Leaders
ITC Maurya Hotel, New Delhi, India

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the Republic Day reception with India President Mukherjee
Rajpath Saluting Base, New Delhi, India

President Obama and India Prime Mnister Modi take part in Indo-US CEO Roundtable
Taj Palace HotelNew Delhi, India

President Obama and India Prime Mnister Modi deliver remarks at the U.S.- India Business Summit
Taj Palace HotelNew Delhi, India

Tuesday, January 27

President Obama participates in a town hall meeting; First Lady Michelle Obama attends
Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi, India

President Barack Obama joins India Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his monthly radio address ‘Mann ki baat’  to the people of India
New Delhi, India

President Obama is interviewed by Fareed Zakaria of CNN
New Delhi, India

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visit the Taj Mahal
Agra, India

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama travel to Riyadh,  Saudi Arabia

President Obama and First Lady Michelle pay their respects to the memory of Saudi Arabia King Abdullah and meet with new Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud
Riyadh,  Saudi Arabia

President Obama and First Lady Michelle pay their respects to the memory of Saudi Arabia King Abdullah and meet with new Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud
Erga Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

President Obama participates in delegation introductions
Erga Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

President Obama and King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud hold a bilateral meeting
Erga Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

President Obama and First Lady Michelle attends a dinner hosted by King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud
Erga Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama return to the United States

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2nd Annual U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue


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In Mexico City in May 2013, President Barack Obama and President Enrique Peña Nieto announced the formation of the U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue (HLED) to promote economic growth in the United States and Mexico, create jobs for citizens on both sides of the border, and ensure our nations can compete globally, making North America more competitive.

The HLED meet annually at the cabinet level and will build on and promote sustained progress in a range of existing successful bilateral dialogues and working groups. Mexico and the United States have developed a work plan laying out potential areas for cooperation under three broad pillars including: promoting competitiveness and connectivity; fostering economic growth, productivity, entrepreneurship, and innovation; and partnering for regional and global leadership.

The HLED is an annual meeting chaired by Vice President Biden and attended by cabinet secretaries from both countries to give strategic direction to initiatives designed to improve economic competitiveness.

FACT SHEET: U.S.–Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue

Joint Statement: United States-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue

U.S.-Mexico Trade http://www.ustr.gov/countries-regions/americas/mexico


2/27/15 Statement of Principles on Security Cooperation between the Governments of the United States and Mexico


January 6, 2015
Vice President Biden hosts the second United States-Mexico High-Level Economic Dialogue (HLED) meeting
White House

President Obama hosts bilateral meetings with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto 
White House


Peace On Earth & Good Will To All



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President Obama 2014 Year In Review


YEAR IN REVIEW: Creating Economic Opportunity for All Americans in 2014

December 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – President Obama took office in the depths of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.  Six years later, thanks to the grit and determination of the American people, and the decisive actions he took early on – to bring the economy back from the brink, to save the auto industry, and to build a new foundation for middle-class growth – we’ve made real progress.

The economy grew at a combined 4.2% pace in the second and third quarters of this year, the strongest six-month period of growth in more than a decade.  American businesses have added new jobs for 57 consecutive months, the longest streak of private-sector job creation on record, for a total of 10.9 million new jobs. The pickup in the pace of job growth this year has come in industries with higher wages.  And wages across the economy are rising – a very welcome sign for millions of American families.

The U.S. economic recovery took a major step forward in 2014, achieving a number of important milestones:

The President pledged that 2014 would be a year of action and he has spent the last 12 months working with Congress where he could and taking action on his own where needed to revitalize the economy. He also worked closely with leaders from businesses, nonprofits, education, and communities to expand opportunity for more American families. These efforts have helped contribute to economic progress in a number of ways. Some critical efforts include:

Supporting Job Creation Through Manufacturing and Exports

Manufacturing job growth doubled this year – to about 15,000 jobs per month compared to 7,000 jobs per month last year. In total, since February 2010, the United States has directly added 764,000 manufacturing jobs, with the sector expanding employment at its fastest rate in nearly two decades. And the United States’ renewed competitiveness in manufacturing is bringing production back, with 54 percent of U.S.-based manufacturers surveyed by the Boston Consulting Group actively considering bringing production back from China to the United States, up from 37 percent only 18 months prior. The Administration has helped support these efforts by taking steps including:

  • Launching New Hubs as Part of a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation
  • Supporting Efforts to Foster Manufacturing Entrepreneurship and Investment in the United States
  • Growing Our Investments in Advanced Manufacturing Research
  • Another Year of Record-Breaking Exports
    • The Made in Rural America Initiative Leads to a Boost in Small Rural Manufacturing Exports and Other Companies
    • Intensifying and Broadening Our Export Promotion
    • The Advocacy Center at the Department of Commerce Enjoyed a Record-Breaking Year in Helping U.S. Firms Win Contracts Abroad to Create Jobs at Home

Taking Action to Raise the Minimum Wage

Following President Obama’s call on Congress to raise the national minimum wage to $10.10, states, cities and counties, and business leaders have taken action on their own to increase wages across the country. And on February 12, President Obama signed Executive Order 13658, requiring that workers on new Federal contracts be paid $10.10 an hour.

  • 14 States Passed Minimum Wage Increases – and 7 Million Workers Are Set to Benefit From Increases Passed Since the President’s Initial Call in 2013
  • Cities and Counties Have Also Taken Steps to Raise Wages
  • Businesses – Both Large and Small – Are Taking Action
  • President Obama’s Action will Ensure that All Employees of Federal Contractors are Paid at Least $10.10 an HourSupporting Job Skills and Employment Opportunities

Working with Congress, businesses, states and cities and non-profits, the President has taken action to make sure our job-training system is preparing and connecting Americans to the jobs that employers are looking to fill. From an across-the-board review of our job-training system to new grants that support apprenticeships and help connect the long-term unemployed to work, the President and his Administration have used every tool available to train Americans with the skills they need, and connect them with businesses that are looking for skilled workers.

  • Reforming Our Job-Training System to Make It Demand Driven
  • Passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
  • Getting Long-Term Unemployed Americans Back to Work: President Obama issued a three-part call to action – to employers, to communities across the country, and to federal agencies – to help Americans who are out of work, including the long-term unemployed, find jobs or get the skills they need so they can succeed in the labor force. Since that call to action, long-term unemployment has declined by 1.1 million and progress has been made on all three fronts, including:
    • $170 million in grants awarded in October to programs in 20 states and Puerto Rico to partnerships between non-profits, local government, and employers to train and match long-term unemployed job seekers for in-demand jobs.
    • A new set of best practices for hiring and recruiting the long-term unemployed signed by over 200 businesses – including 80 of the nation’s largest companies – to ensure that these candidates receive a fair shot during the hiring process.
    • Toolkits created by Deloitte Consulting in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation and with the input of about 100 White House Best Practice signatories to help more employers implement the best practices.
    • Finally, following up on a Presidential Memorandum issued in January, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued guidance to Federal agencies to ensure that individuals who are unemployed or have faced financial difficulties because of circumstances like job loss receive fair treatment and consideration for employment by Federal agencies.
  • $450 Million in Grants to Nearly 270 Community Colleges Partnering with More than 400 Employers Nationally
  • Investing in a Competitive Workforce Through Apprenticeships

Providing High-Quality Education to America’s Students

Ensuring that all Americans are prepared for the jobs of the future and strengthening middle-class security, starts with a strong education system.  The President has taken a number of steps over the past year to expand access to high-quality early childhood education, connect every student to high-speed Internet, and make college more affordable.

  • Committing to Affordable Higher Education
    • Expanding Pay As You Earn (PAYE)
    • The President and First Lady’s Call to Action on College Opportunity
    • Protecting Students from Unaffordable Debts at Career College Programs
  • Committing to Early Education: Throughout 2013 and 2014, the President challenged states, business leaders, and Congress to help more children gain access to the early education they need to succeed in school and in life.  On December 10, 2014, the President convened philanthropists, educators, community leaders and others to announce a collective investment of over $1 billion for early childhood education.  Federal commitments of $750 million will support early learning for over 63,000 children while corporate and philanthropic leaders’ independent commitments of $330 million will expand the reach and enhance the quality for thousands more.
  • ConnectED to the Future:  In June 2013, President Obama visited Mooresville, NC to announce the ConnectED Initiative, which aims to ensure 99% of American students will have access to next-generation broadband in the classroom by 2017, and called for private sector leaders and the FCC To help connect our students. Since that time, the FCC has taken steps to modernize the E-rate program to support high-speed connectivity for America’s schools and libraries, providing a $2 billion down payment and passing a proposal that provides recourses needed to meet the President’s ConnectED goals.  Additionally, private-sector companies have committed more than $2 billion in resources to schools to supplement federal actions and help support cutting-edge technologies across a greater number of schools and homes. On November 19, 2014, The President hosted school leaders and educators to push this effort forward and make all schools “Future Ready”.  More than 1,200 superintendents joined the Administrations Future Ready District Pledge to set a vision for digital learning across America.  Combined, this pledge will already reach 10 million students across 16,000 schools.

For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/12/18/year-review-creating-economic-opportunity-all-americans-2014



12/23/14 Financial Headlines:

Dow Busts Through 18,000 on Hot GDP and a Patient Fed

FHFA House Price Index Up 0.6 Percent in October

Consumer Sentiment Ends 2014 at Seven-Year High in Michigan Poll

Economy Grows by 5% Most in a Decade on U.S. Consumer-Spending Gain

Pres Obama Year of Action

2014 the Year of Action

In his 2014 State of the Union, the President said that 2014 would be a “year of action” to ensure opportunity for all Americans. He’s making good on that promise (despite that Congress did not help, labeling them the ‘Worst Congress ever’.

What does a “year of action” mean, exactly?
The President will continue to work with Congress wherever he can to keep our economy moving forward and creating jobs. But in the meantime, he’s also going to do everything he can on his own to fight for middle-class families every single day.

And he’s been busy. Using his pen and his phone, the President has helped create new manufacturing jobs, expand apprenticeships, and job training, make student loan payments more affordable, support equal pay and workplace flexibility, cut carbon pollution, and rally support across the country while raising the minimum wage for all workers on new federal contracts. And that’s not all.

Here’s an update on the more than 40 actions he’s taken since January to do just that.

Learn more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/year-of-action


List of President Obama’s 2014 Executive Actions to Help Americans – ProPresObama compilation

Pres Obama US - Cuba Relations

and on 12/17/14 President Obama Charts a New Course on US – Cuba Relations



President Obama Changes US – Cuba Relations


Pres Obama US - Cuba Relations December 17, 2014 Statement by the President on Cuba Policy Changes Cabinet Room 12:01 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon. Today, the United States of America is changing its relationship with the people of Cuba. In the most significant changes in our policy in more than fifty years, we will end an outdated approach that, for decades, has failed to advance our interests, and instead we will begin to normalize relations between our two countries. Through these changes, we intend to create more opportunities for the American and Cuban people, and begin a new chapter among the nations of the Americas. There’s a complicated history between the United States and Cuba. I was born in 1961 –- just over two years after Fidel Castro took power in Cuba, and just a few months after the Bay of Pigs invasion, which tried to overthrow his regime. Over the next several decades, the relationship between our countries played out against the backdrop of the Cold War, and America’s steadfast opposition to communism. We are separated by just over 90 miles. But year after year, an ideological and economic barrier hardened between our two countries. Meanwhile, the Cuban exile community in the United States made enormous contributions to our country –- in politics and business, culture and sports. Like immigrants before, Cubans helped remake America, even as they felt a painful yearning for the land and families they left behind. All of this bound America and Cuba in a unique relationship, at once family and foe. Proudly, the United States has supported democracy and human rights in Cuba through these five decades. We have done so primarily through policies that aimed to isolate the island, preventing the most basic travel and commerce that Americans can enjoy anyplace else. And though this policy has been rooted in the best of intentions, no other nation joins us in imposing these sanctions, and it has had little effect beyond providing the Cuban government with a rationale for restrictions on its people. Today, Cuba is still governed by the Castros and the Communist Party that came to power half a century ago. Neither the American, nor Cuban people are well served by a rigid policy that is rooted in events that took place before most of us were born. Consider that for more than 35 years, we’ve had relations with China –- a far larger country also governed by a Communist Party. Nearly two decades ago, we reestablished relations with Vietnam, where we fought a war that claimed more Americans than any Cold War confrontation. That’s why -– when I came into office -– I promised to re-examine our Cuba policy. As a start, we lifted restrictions for Cuban Americans to travel and send remittances to their families in Cuba. These changes, once controversial, now seem obvious. Cuban Americans have been reunited with their families, and are the best possible ambassadors for our values. And through these exchanges, a younger generation of Cuban Americans has increasingly questioned an approach that does more to keep Cuba closed off from an interconnected world. For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/12/17/statement-president-cuba-policy-changes http://youtu.be/pyw1iKif9Zs?t=3s December 17, 2014 FACT SHEET: Charting a New Course on Cuba Today, the United States is taking historic steps to chart a new course in our relations with Cuba and to further engage and empower the Cuban people. We are separated by 90 miles of water, but brought together through the relationships between the two million Cubans and Americans of Cuban descent that live in the United States, and the 11 million Cubans who share similar hopes for a more positive future for Cuba. It is clear that decades of U.S. isolation of Cuba have failed to accomplish our enduring objective of promoting the emergence of a democratic, prosperous, and stable Cuba. At times, longstanding U.S. policy towards Cuba has isolated the United States from regional and international partners, constrained our ability to influence outcomes throughout the Western Hemisphere, and impaired the use of the full range of tools available to the United States to promote positive change in Cuba. Though this policy has been rooted in the best of intentions, it has had little effect – today, as in 1961, Cuba is governed by the Castros and the Communist party. We cannot keep doing the same thing and expect a different result. It does not serve America’s interests, or the Cuban people, to try to push Cuba toward collapse. We know from hard-learned experience that it is better to encourage and support reform than to impose policies that will render a country a failed state. With our actions today, we are calling on Cuba to unleash the potential of 11 million Cubans by ending unnecessary restrictions on their political, social, and economic activities. In that spirit, we should not allow U.S. sanctions to add to the burden of Cuban citizens we seek to help. Today, we are renewing our leadership in the Americas. We are choosing to cut loose the anchor of the past, because it is entirely necessary to reach a better future – for our national interests, for the American people, and for the Cuban people. For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/12/17/fact-sheet-charting-new-course-cuba . January 15, 2015 Statement by the Press Secretary on the Publication of Regulatory Changes regarding Cuba Last month, President Obama announced historic changes to our Cuba policy, beginning the process of normalization between our countries, and announcing his commitment to ease restrictions on American citizens and businesses. Today, the U.S. Departments of the Treasury and Commerce took a significant step forward in delivering on the President’s new direction by publishing regulatory amendments to existing Cuba sanctions. These changes will immediately enable the American people to provide more resources to empower the Cuban population to become less dependent upon the state-driven economy, and help facilitate our growing relationship with the Cuban people. We firmly believe that allowing increased travel, commerce, and the flow of information to and from Cuba will allow the United States to better advance our interests and improve the lives of ordinary Cubans. The policy of the past has not worked for over 50 years, and we believe that the best way to support our interests and our values is through openness rather than isolation. The United States remains committed to our enduring objective of promoting the emergence of a more prosperous Cuba that respects the universal rights of all its citizens. .


Vice Pres. Biden Travels to Morocco, Ukraine and Turkey

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, center, addresses entrepreneurs from the Middle East during the opening session of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Marrakech, Morocco, Nov. 20, 2014.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, center, addresses entrepreneurs from the Middle East during the opening session of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Marrakech, Morocco, Nov. 20, 2014.

The Global Entrepreneurship Summit

Launched in 2009 by US President Barack Obama, the Global Entrepreneurship Summit is a government-supported forum aimed at creating bridges between entrepreneurs, banks, venture capitalists, investors and others in the United States and communities around the world.

The U.S. government runs numerous programs that promote economic and social entrepreneurship around the world. This year, that commitment to fostering entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic prosperity will be reaffirmed at the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

His Majesty King Mohammaed VI and President Barack Obama agreed during King Mohammaed VI’s Royal Visit to Washington in November 2013 to organize the 5th edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in the Kingdom of Morocco.

This fifth annual Summit will convene thousands of participants on November 19-21 in Marrakech, Morocco, and will highlight the impact of technology on modern entrepreneurship. The 2014 Summit takes place during Global Entrepreneurship Week, making it the largest of the thousands of entrepreneurship events taking place around the world that week.

The Power of Technology

The theme of the Summit, “Harnessing the Power of Technology for Innovation and Entrepreneurship,” explores the positive impact of technology on innovation and entrepreneurship. Technology presents entrepreneurs with enormous opportunity. It gives them the power to reach beyond local communities and to tap into resources and expertise in other cities, countries, and continents. From using the internet for crowdfunding, to text messaging for real-time weather information, to collaborating in online chatrooms, technology is changing how entrepreneurs do business.


  • Entrepreneurs: Showcase products, connect to global markets
  • Mentors: Find new ways to give back
  • Incubator managers: Get fresh ideas
  • Policymakers: Learn to improve entrepreneurship environments
  • Educators: Gain insights from practitioners
  • Social entrepreneurs: Build a larger network

Summit Program

The Summit will be a space for entrepreneurs to network one-on-one with each other and with established businesses, and it will provide a chance to hear from those who have traveled the path before them, such as:

  • Two days of networking with innovative individuals and organizations
  • One-on-one meetings in the “Innovation Village” space
  • Sector-specific and issues-based workshops

High-level speakers from around the world will discuss issues and insights to inspire, celebrate, and support entrepreneurs, including:

  • Financing new ventures
  • Scaling up enterprises and moving to the formal sector
  • Turning talent into entrepreneurship
  • Engaging in social entrepreneurship


GES 2014 Website: http://gesmarrakech2014.org/en/home

GES 2014 Speakers: http://gesmarrakech2014.org/en/program/speakers

GES 2014 Program: http://gesmarrakech2014.org/en/program/program

GES 2014 App: http://ges.e-180.com

GES 2014 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GES2014Marrakech

GES 2014 Twitter: https://twitter.com/GESMarrakech14

GES 2014 Instagram: http://instagram.com/gesmarrakech14


5th Global Entrepreneurship Summit
November 19 – 21, 2014
Marrakech, Morocco

GES 2014 Live Stream: http://gesmarrakech2014.org/en/home


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Vice President Biden and Dr Jill Biden’s Travel Itinerary


Wednesday, November 19th

Vice President Biden meets with His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco
Downtown Palace, Fes, Morocco

Thursday, November 20th

Vice President Biden delivers the keynote address at the 5th Global Entrepreneurship Summit
Marrakech, Morocco

Vice President Biden attends a roundtable discussion with youth entrepreneurs at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit Global Tent
Marrakech, Morocco

Dr Jill Biden delivers remarks at the 5th Global Entrepreneurship Summit Women’s Day
Mechouar-Kasbah, Marrakech, Morocco

Vice President Biden and Dr Jill Biden depart Morocco enroute to Kyiv, Ukraine

Friday, November 21st

Vice President Biden holds a bilateral meeting with Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk
Cabinet of Ministers Club, Kyiv, Ukraine

Vice President Biden and Ukraine President Poroshenko have a working lunch
House of Chimeras, Kyiv, Ukraine

Vice President Biden and Ukraine President Poroshenko deliver a joint statement to the press
Presidential Administration Building, Kyiv, Ukraine

Vice President Biden accompanied by Myroslava Gongadze, a Voice of America correspondent, lays flowers at the memorial of her husband,  Georgiy Gongadze, a missing Ukrainian journalist
Kyiv, Ukraine

Vice President Biden lays flowers at a memorial for those who were killed during protests in Ukraine last year
Kyiv, Ukraine

Vice President Biden hosts a anti-corruption roundtable with government and civil society leaders
Mariyinsky Palace, Kyiv, Ukraine

Vice President Biden and Dr Jill Biden depart Kyiv en route to Istanbul

Vice President Biden has a working dinner with Turkey Prime Minister Davutoğlu
Istanbul, Turkey

Saturday, November 22nd

Vice President Biden addressesThe Energy and Economic Summit” hosted by the Atlantic Council
Istanbul, Turkey

Vice President Biden meets with “Checks and Balances Network” a group funded by the National Democratic Institute
Istanbul, Turkey

Vice President Biden and Turkey President Erdogan have a working lunch
Beylerbeyi Palace, Istanbul, Turkey

Vice President Biden and Turkey President Erdogan deliver statements
Beylerbeyi Palace, Istanbul, Turkey

Sunday, November 23rd

Vice President meets with the Turkey’s Ecumenical Patriarch, His All Holiness Bartholomew
Istanbul, Turkey

Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden depart Istanbul en route Washington, DC.


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