KTFA (videos)

Fenway: Evening Frank! I presume you’re still in DC. Might you share another celebrity encounter with us or maybe some pearls of wisdom, either in video format or in a TC cameo appearance?

We’re all ears for whatever you choose to do, if anything.  (We’re spoiled, and glad to be!)

Frank26: Compare what I have shared with you on Monday Tuesday Wednesday and tonight ………..with what the Internet has told you since I’ve been gone   Therefore to be honest with you I believe I have said enough…….. sort of ……LOL

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StephenMac63:  This was posted 2 hours ago on the IMF website. Christine Leguarde giving opening statements and explaining what the goals are and how they will achieve.

http://www.imf.org/External/spring/2017/imfc/statement/eng/are.pdf
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StephenMac63:  This is also from the IMF but the intersting thing is the date, 4/22/17. Today is the 20th…..someone may have put this up to early and yes, it does speak of Iraq. Three page document. It has some verbage that is above my paygrade.
http://www.imf.org/External/spring/2017/imfc/statement/eng/are.pdf

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Don961:  Lagarde: the global economy began to regain strength

The side of the press conference, the Director of the International Monetary Fund – Reuters Photo
April 20, 2017 17:41

Direct said Director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, said that the global economy began to regain momentum again during the last period.

Lagarde, through a press conference held on Thursday, it must make sure that this momentum is “sustainable,” and that economic growth is distributed more equitable manner.
The International Monetary Fund raised its forecast for the rate of growth of the world economy this year, with optimism about the performance of the economies of the United Kingdom and Japan.

The IMF announced through his report on the prospects for the global economy, the global GDP will rise by 3.5% in 2017.

The Director of the IMF that the world needs to support productivity through increased trade and innovation.

Lagarde believes that cooperation among States would help reduce imbalances, reduce tax evasion rates, and access to the goals of sustainable development.

http://www.mubasher.info/news/…..94415/%link

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Don961:  The White House

Office of the Vice President

For Immediate Release   April 20, 2017

Remarks by the Vice President at ASEAN

ASEAN Secretariat   Jakarta, Indonesia

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon.  This is my first visit to the Asia Pacific as Vice President of the United States, and I bring greetings from the President of the United States, President Donald Trump.

And it is such an honor to be here today at ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.  Since 1967, ASEAN has fostered friendship and economic integration between its members.  It’s helped forge regional cooperation to tackle common challenges.  It’s promoted prosperity and security — not just for ASEAN and its members, but for the Asia Pacific as a whole.

I want to thank the chargé d’affaires, Jane Bocklage, for that kind introduction.  Thank you for faithfully representing the United States of America to ASEAN.  The President and I are grateful for your work.

I also want to thank Secretary General Minh and Chairwoman Bwin Soseso (ph) and the ASEAN permanent members who are here with me today.

I was grateful to have the opportunity to meet with each of you today and appreciate our discussion about our shared values and shared opportunities.

Today on President Trump’s behalf, I’d like to congratulate ASEAN on its 50th anniversary.
This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the United States’ diplomatic relationship with ASEAN.  Our relationship without a doubt has benefitted both ASEAN and America — diplomatically, economically, and from the standpoint of national security.

The relationship between the United States and ASEAN is a strategic partnership.  And under President Trump’s leadership, the United States is already taking steps to strengthen our partnership with ASEAN and deepen our friendship.

I spoke to President Trump this morning, and he gave me the great privilege to inform the Secretary General and the permanent members of ASEAN that the President of the United States will attend the U.S.-ASEAN Summit, the East Asia Summit, and the APEC Leaders Meeting in Vietnam and the Philippines this November.  (Applause.)

The President asked me to deliver this message directly to the leadership here at ASEAN and to express how enthusiastic he is to join the U.S.-ASEAN Summit during the golden anniversary year of this organization.

It is a testament to the value that President Trump places on the U.S.-ASEAN strategic partnership and the Asia Pacific as a whole.  And it’s a sign, I hope, to all of our firm and unwavering commitment to build on the strong foundation that we already share.

By strengthening our economic ties, the United States and ASEAN member nations can foster jobs, prosperity, and growth in new and unprecedented ways.  American exports to ASEAN member nations already support more than 550,000 jobs in the United States, and almost 42,000 U.S. companies export more than $100 billion in goods and services to ASEAN nations every year.  At the same time, the United States imports a significant amount from ASEAN member nations, as well.  But amazingly, U.S. companies invest more in ASEAN and its members than any other part of Asia, nearly $274 billion, which is an investment — which is more, in fact, than our investment in China, India, and Japan combined.

Now to protect that prosperity and to ensure our continued growth, the United States will redouble our cooperation with ASEAN on issues of regional security.  The menace and the reality of global terrorism threatens all our nations.  And under President Trump, we will continue to support increasing information sharing and security efforts to protect our people and our way of life across this region and across the wider world.

We’ll continue to work closely with ASEAN to promote peace and stability in the South China Sea by upholding a rules-based order, ensuring the lawful and unimpeded flow of commerce, and encouraging the peaceful and diplomatic resolution of disputes.  For 40 years, the United States has worked side by side with ASEAN to foster peace and prosperity on these seas and between our lands; and President Trump and I are confident that through our continued partnership, which even now, today, is growing stronger, together we will build on our firm foundation to reach even greater heights in the next 50 years of this great organization.

So I want to say thank you.  Thank you to the permanent members, thank you to the Secretary General for the warm hospitality today.  President Trump and I look forward to reaffirming our commitment to each of you in the days ahead, and I know he looks forward to seeing you all at the summits this November.

Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to make this announcement.  It is an honor to be with you all.  (Applause.)   END

http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/vp-pence-trump-will-attend-key-asian-summits-fall

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