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Cablegate: Request for U.S. Speaker (Strategic Speaker Initative) On Corporate Social Responsibility

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DE RUEHMU #0057 0162138
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R 162138Z JAN 08
FM AMEMBASSY MANAGUA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 1933
INFO RUEHTG/AMEMBASSY TEGUCIGALPA 4046
RUEHSN/AMEMBASSY SAN SALVADOR 4587

UNCLAS MANAGUA 000057

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

STATE FOR IIP/S/WHA AND WHA/PDA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OIIP KPAO EINV ECON PGOV

SUBJECT: REQUEST FOR U.S. SPEAKER (STRATEGIC SPEAKER INITATIVE) ON CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

REF: TEGUCIGALPA 1931

A. Program description: Post requests Speaker Celina
Pagani-Tousignant to provide workshops and lectures on corporate
social responsibility (CSR) to businesses in Managua, Nicaragua
under Strategic Speakers Initiative (SSI) theme "Trade and
Investment."

B. Time frame: Four program days and two travel days in July 2008.
This will be a shared program with Embassy Tegucigalpa and Embassy
San Salvador.

C. Purpose of the program: To educate Nicaraguan businesses on the
importance of creating a "double bottom-line" by incorporating CSR
into the company culture. To discuss CSR in the workplace and its
positive impact on the local community in a program co-sponsored by
the Nicaraguan-American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) and the
Nicaraguan Union for Corporate Social Responsibility (UNIRSE). To
engage the private sector in improving social, economic, and
environmental conditions in Nicaragua. To counter President
Ortega's view that CSR is motivated only by interest in tax
avoidance.

D. MSP Strategic Goals: This program will support Post MSP goals of
promoting economic growth and development, and enhancing mutual
understanding.

E. Audience: The speaker will address members of the Nicaraguan
private and public sector, academics, undergraduate and graduate
students, the media and the general public.

F. Proposed topics and types of events: The speaker is requested to give two workshops organized by AmCham and UNIRSE on CSR followed by a question and answer period. The presentation should address topics such as (1) designing a sustainable future; (2) how philanthropy is redefining the future; and, (3) a public policy role for the private sector. The speaker will also address undergraduate students at a local university; participate in a press conference; and participate in a radio or television program produced by AmCham.

G. Type of specialist required: Based on previous success of named
speaker in both Honduras and El Salvador, Post requests Celina
Pagani-Tousignant for a program in July to be shared with Honduras
and El Salvador under SSI. Post has already contacted the proposed
speaker; thus, Ms. Pagani-Tousignant is aware of her potential
participation in this program. Post has also contacted AmCham and
UNIRSE, both of which look forward to hosting Ms. Pagani-Tousignant,
pending final approval.

H. Language requirements: Post requires a fluent Spanish speaker.
Ms. Pagani-Tousignant is a native Spanish speaker, able to present
and give media interviews.

I. Requests for supporting bibliographic materials: Speaker should
send Post any pertinent materials prior to arrival.

J. Name of mission program officer and contact information:
Cultural Affairs Officer Michelle Los Banos-Jardina, office
telephone: 505-252-7100, extension 7696, home telephone:
505-270-7623, cell phone: 505-806-9543, fax: 505-252-7108, e-mail:
LosBanos-JardinaMG@state.gov; Back-up: Cultural Affairs Specialist,
Jose Leonel Jimenez, office telephone: 505-252-7100, extension 7671,
same fax, e-mail: JimenezJL@state.gov.

K. Funding specifics: Please charge to Strategic Speaker
Initiative.

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