The presidential delegation participating in the IX Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, United States, completed the second day of activities to meet the nations of the region.
The day began with the participation of President Chaves Robles in the signing of the American Declaration for the Protection of the Ocean with the aim of improving the management of the oceans and thus conserving biodiversity, given that Costa Rica has coasts in the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
This document was signed by Presidents Gabriel Boric of Chile, Iván Duque of Colombia, Pedro Castillo of Peru, Guillermo Lasso of Ecuador and Laurentino Cortizo of Panama. In addition, John Kerry, US Climate Affairs Representative, and Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly.
Following the signing of the aforementioned document, President Chaves Robles joined the Ministry of Foreign Trade team for meetings during the CEO Summit, where he met with PAHO Director General Clarissa Etiénne.
In addition, in the afternoon, the President met with the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, with whom he discussed issues of interest for the development of the countries of the Americas.
The President of Costa Rica also held a meeting with the President of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso, with whom Costa Rica has agreed to start negotiations to sign a free trade agreement with this South American nation in order to find investment development.
“We held a meeting with the President of Ecuador and his ministerial team where we agreed to start talks for a free trade agreement between the two nations, this treaty has enormous potential for all the needs of Costa Rica: more jobs, lower cost of living and improved prosperity for all Costa Ricans,” said President Rodrigo Chaves.
The Chaves Robles administration continues to focus on providing employment and business opportunities for small, medium and large entrepreneurs who can benefit from a bilateral agreement like this.
“For Costa Rica and Ecuador, this is a very important opportunity, we want to strengthen trade and investment ties between the countries… We are proud to engage in these negotiations through our technical teams,” said Paula Bogantes, Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade.
In addition, Julio José Prado, Minister of Production, Foreign Trade, Investment and Fisheries of Ecuador, underlined the importance for the two countries to move to the next stage of bilateral relations with the signing of a treaty that will further strengthen relations between the two brotherly countries.
Chaves also had a bilateral meeting with the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Antonio Guterres, with whom relations with the UN have been strengthened, in addition to the development and cooperation program.
Later that evening, the President met with Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, with whom he discussed issues of national interest and the importance of building regional partnerships for the Americas.
Finally, the day ended with a dinner hosted by US President Joseph R. Biden.