San Jose, Costa Rica(CRNS) May 18, 2012 —The president of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, will visit four European countries. The objective is to find investment and new markets for the floundering Costa Rican economy after the fiscal plan fiasco.
The tour will begin next Tuesday and also includes a visit to Pope Benedict XVI.
The president will travel accompanied by Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo and other senior government officials.
They will visit France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Vatican City. In Paris, Chinchilla will participate as a speaker at the annual forum of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the IV International Economic Forum on Latin America and the Caribbean.
They will also have a meeting with French businessmen to expose all the advantages that this Central American country offers to foreign companies to invest.
In Germany the Costa Rican president will be in Berlin and Baden-Württemberg. There she will have similar activities with businessmen and investors.
In addition, Chinchilla and her companions have scheduled interviews with Chancellor Angela Merkel and the president Joachim Gauck.
On May 28, Chinchilla will be received in audience by Pope Benedict XVI at the Apostolic Palace and later she will have a meeting with Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.
In Rome she will participate as a speaker at a meeting of the Organization of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) with representatives of cooperatives and producer organizations.
Finally, they will be in Geneva to take part in the opening session of the International Labour Conference of the ILO.