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Embassy of Chile to the United States of America July 2006 DIPLOMACY Ambassador Bianchi Concludes Brilliant Six Year Tenure His Excellency Andrés Bianchi, who was appointed Ambassador of Chile to the United States in May 2000, completed his tour of duties at the end of June. After a successful tenure of six years in Washington, during w hich he wor ked tirelessly to obtain the passing of the Free Trade Agreement between the United States and Chile, he returned to his countr y with his wife, Lily Urdinola. An indefatigable promoter of Chile, its people, culture, and products, A mbassador Bianchi crisscrossed the United States from nor th to south and from coast to coast to expound, not only to the political elites of Washington and Capitol Hill, but also to the American people, the benefits of being associated with Chile. Moreover, in his many lectures and presentations at think tanks and universities, he explained the historical, political and institutional roots of Chile’s remarkable socio-economic progress during the last 16 years. Ambassador Bianchi also kept close contact with the business sector and trade associations in the United States, and mobilized his Diplomatic Mission in order to make the economic and commercial opportunities existing in Chile known to American firms looking to invest or to do business in Latin America. However, he did not only promote star Chilean products like wine, fresh fruit or salmon, but also strived to enhance the knowledge of Chilean culture in the United States. To this end, he opened both his personal residence and the Embassy to showcase a wide variety of Chilean cultural expressions, including popular and classical music, painting, cinema, and the artisan crafts of the Mapuche people. In recognition of his wor k A mbassador Bianchi was awarded the ―Diplomat of the Year‖ prize by the Los Angeles World Affairs Council in 2005. The fruitful outcome of A mbassador Bianchi’s mission was greatly supported by his wife Lily Urdinola. Well know n as an accomplished jour nalist in Chile, Ms. Urdinola assumed her role in the diplomatic world with extreme professionalism and utmost devotion. Her unfailing enthusiasm, remar kable organizational capacity, style, good looks, and endless creativity, made her a distinguished and recognized figure in the diplomatic and social communities of Washington. She crowned her wor k by writing ―Embassy Residences in Washington‖, a fascinating book w hich for the first time made the splendor of the ambassadors’ mansions accessible to the general public. Prior to becoming Ambassador, Mr. Bianchi served as Chairman of the Dresdner Banque Nationale de Paris in Chile (1996-2000) and Chairman of Credit Lyonnais Chile (1992-1996). Between 1989 and 1991 he was the first Governor of Chile’s newly autonomous Central Bank. He previously served as Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (1988-1989), and as Director of its Economic Development Division (1981-1988). He was also Director of the International Labor Office Regional Employment Program of Latin America and the Caribbean (1971-1973), Visiting Research Associate at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and Inter national Affairs of Princeton University (1973-1975), Visiting Professor of the Center for Latin American Development Studies of Boston University in 1978, member of the External Advisory Group of the World Bank Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Office (1994-1999) and President of Chile’s National Savings Commission (1997-1998). Former Under Secretary of Foreign Relations and Ambassador of Chile to Spain, Italy, the European Union and the United Kingdom, Mar iano Fernandez, was appointed by President Michelle Bachelet as Mr. Bianchi’s successor. GASTRONOMY Celebration of Chile at Gastronomy Gala in Washington The little-known carica, the name that has begun to be used in the United States for the Chilean papaya, was one of the night’s stars on Sunday, June 25, at the gala of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW). Along with the wines served at the dinner and the national olive oil that decorated the tables of the more than 1,500 invitees, Chile was present everywhere at what is today one of the most important galas in the world of American gastronomy. The soirée, held at the Marriot War dman Park Hotel of Washington, was an unbeatable oppor tunity to promote Chilean food products and wines since it gathered the most outstanding members of the restaurant industry (chefs, hotel and restaurant ow ners and managers, sommeliers, and specialized journalists) in one location. During the supper, among the tuxedo s of the men and the formal gowns of the women, the name Chile —as the event’s principal sponsor—was highlighted on big screens along with the logo of ProChile, the group that made possible the national presence and also participated as an impor tant sponsor for the evening. Ambassador of Chile to the United States Andrés Bianchi, in his last public event before completing his tenure in Washington, presented the prize ―Chef of the Year ‖ for Washington to acclaimed Spanish chef José Andrés of restaurants Café Atlántico and Jaleo. Wines of Chile donated three exquisite wines (from vineyards Veramonte, Santa Carolina, and Santa Rita) that were ser ved during the supper; olive oil producers Kardámili, Olave, and Terramater offered their bottles of oil on every tabl e; the Association of Chilean Exporters, A.G. (ASOEX) contributed pounds of fresh fruit to be displayed on the dessert tables; and Tamaya Gourmet gave the carica with which the pastries, mousses, and cakes for the dessert buffet were prepared. The presence of Chile and its products at the RAMW gala will facilitate the relations of Chilean businesses with the sophisticated restaurant industr y of Washington and will allow new trade deals to be made, in this way maximizing the opportunities offered in the Free Trade Agreement between Chile and the United States. CULTURE Pop Artist Lands at the Embassy Gallery I remember thinking, ―this is probably the most un-Chilean painting I have ever seen‖. On a closer look, however, I realized that Daniel’s work has indeed, a lot to do with Chile. It reflects what anyone in Santiago is exposed to everyday: American music, clothes, TV, food, fashion, films, trends. Day in and day out, we float on a constant flow of consumer products ―Made in U.S.A.‖ (Lydia Bendersky. Former Cultural Attachee. Embassy of Chile to the US) “TheAttack of the Cheeleader Bunnies” by Daniel Mena Young Chilean painter Daniel Mena inaugurated a great exhibition entitled ―Portrait of the artist as…‖ at the Embassy of Chile ar t galler y on Friday, June 23. T he full house attending the opening praised the excellence of his original pop ar t. Daniel Mena’s work has recently received much critical acclaim in Chile. His art has been displayed at numerous exhibitions in Santiago, and he has also show n his w ork in Califor nia and New York. The show will remain open until August (Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm) at the Embassy of Chile ar t galler y (1732 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC). HELPING CHILE Benefit Concert Given by Pianist Mahani Teave At the beginning of June, Mahani Teave, a talented young Chilean pianist from Easter Island, performed a spectacular recital at the Residency of the Ambassador of Chile. The audience of close to one hundred guests gave her a standing ovation after a concert of wor ks composed by Liszt, Chopin, Bach y Haydn. After the concert, a tantalizing supper was ser ved to those present. This soirée was held to benefit the Chilean-American Foundation, a not-for-profit or ganization composed of a group of volunteers, the majority being Chilean women, that sends the funds to non-governmental organizations that assist children at risk situations in Chile. LEFT: After the concert, Ambassador Bianchi, Mahani Teave, and Lily de Bianchi. RIGHT: The volunteers Kathy Kelly, Barbara Fick , Myriam Israel (orange), Anamaría Viveros, Norma Parraguez and María Teresa Soto with Ambassador Bianchi. July & August Schedule July 6 th: Chilean Ambassador Mariano Fernández will present his Letter of Credence to President Bush in the Oval Office at the While House. June 21 st through Sunday July 23 rd: "PICASSO'S CLOSET” A World Premiere by Chilean playwright ARIEL DORFMAN Directed by John Dillon. Theater J. 1529 16th St., NW. Washington. July 24 th: Viv ianne Blanlot, Chile’s Minister of Defense, will meet with U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Throughout July. Exhibition of artist Daniel Mena: ―Portrait of the Artist as..." Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30am to 5:30pm. CLICK HERE for more info on the artist. Embassy of Chile 1732 Massachusetts Av. Washington DC. 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