Accordance of the Personal Rank of Ambassador to Alberto M. Piedra While Serving at the Meeting of the Inter-American Economic and Social Council in Paraguay

September 8, 1983

The President today accorded the personal rank of Ambassador to Alberto M. Piedra while serving as Head of the United States Delegation to the meeting of the Inter-American Economic and Social Council to be held September 20 - 23, 1983, in Asuncion, Paraguay.

Mr. Piedra was a professor at the University of Villanova in Havana, Cuba, in 1958 and 1959. In 1962 - 1982 he was associate professor at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He began his government career as economist, Consejo Nacional de Economia, in Havana in 1958 and was director general, Ministry of Commerce, in Havana in 1959. In 1960 - 1964 he was staff economist at the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C. Since 1982 he has been Alternate United States Representative to the United States Mission to the Organization of American States and also the United States Representative to the Inter-American Economic and Social Council (CIES), in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Piedra was born January 29, 1926, in Havana, Cuba. He graduated from the University of Havana (LL.B., 1951) and Georgetown University (Ph. D., 1962). His foreign languages are Spanish, French, and German.