Colombian President Ivan Duque has called on the United States to take a more proactive role in Latin America. In a recent speech in Miami, he said the U.S. should act as a partner and leader in building democratic governance and institutions in the region. He also said that it should provide assistance for economic development, education, and health services. He went on to say that the U.S. should promote greater connectivity between the region’s countries, both in terms of physical infrastructure and communications technologies. Duque urged greater stability in Venezuela and Nicaragua, and also called for increased investment in Colombia in order to reduce poverty and inequality. He concluded by saying that the U.S. should strive to be the light and example for Latin America, and work with the region to achieve greater prosperity, safety and security.