Gutierrez in South America for trade talks
U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez is in South America for talks with senior government officials and business leaders aimed at promoting trade with the United States.
Gutierrez was in Uruguay Sunday and Monday, and will be in Brazil today and Wednesday.
The Uruguay leg of the trip was described by the Commerce Department as a follow-up to President Bush's March visit to increase trade. In Brazil, Gutierrez will be co-chairing the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum and will participate in the U.S.-Brazil Commercial Dialogue, discussing trade and the ways open markets foster positive social change and economic growth, a statement said.
'The United States is committed to advancing freedom, economic opportunity and social justice throughout the western hemisphere by opening markets and fostering economic growth,' Gutierrez said about the goals of his trip.