• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Daughter of Former President Named Ambassador to U.S.

August 19, 2010

Muni Figueres, daughter of former Costa Rican President José “don Pepe” Figueres, will serve as Costa Rica’s ambassador to the United States, after being nominated by her government Tuesday morning.

Figueres, who served as foreign trade minister in 1986 under then-President Oscar Arias, has also held high-level positions with the World Trade Organization and the Inter-American Development Bank. She is the daughter of Figueres’ first wife, Henrietta Boggs, and half-sister to recently appointed U.N. Climate Chief Cristiana Figueres and former President José María Figueres.

Muni Figueres was born in Costa Rica but was also a U.S.citizen because of her mother’s nationality. In order to accept the post in Washington, D.C., she was forced to renounce her U.S. citizenship.

President Laura Chinchilla said she saw Figueres’ former U.S. citizenship as an advantage to Costa Rica because, through her, Costa Rica“will have fluid access to all the doors we need to knock on in Washington.”

During a press conference Tuesday, Figueres said she was proud to be part of Chinchilla’s team and pledged to work on the implementation of the Central American Free-Trade Agreement with the United States and security measures.

She said, “I don’t have a doubt that Costa Rica is one of the most popular and most loved countries in Washington. I have lived through times where (foreigners) confused Costa Rica with Puerto Rico. But now, there are few people who haven’t been to Costa Rica or don’t want to go to Costa Rica. … It’s a country that, despite itssize, has won many sympathizers.”

Asked about losing her U.S. citizenship, Figueres said that it “bothered her,” but after speaking with her mother, she was convinced that“to be Costa Rican is a privilege.”

“It’s an honor that I am going to carry with me the rest of my life,” she said.

Figueres will replace Luis Diego Escalante as Costa Rica’s ambassador in Washington, D.C. Escalante was appointed by Arias.

You may be interested

Campaign to help families, businesses in Guanacaste
Business
1246 views
Business
1246 views

Campaign to help families, businesses in Guanacaste

The Tico Times - March 3, 2021

Costa Rican authorities this week relaunched a campaign to support businesses and provide meals to tourism employees who lost their…

24 travelers have been caught with falsified Covid tests: report
Costa Rica
1846 views
Costa Rica
1846 views

24 travelers have been caught with falsified Covid tests: report

The Tico Times - March 3, 2021

Twenty-four travelers have been penalized after presenting falsified coronavirus test results when trying to leave Costa Rica through Juan Santamaría International…

Panasonic to expand Costa Rica-based operations
Costa Rica
1814 views
Costa Rica
1814 views

Panasonic to expand Costa Rica-based operations

Alejandro Zúñiga - March 3, 2021

Panasonic will invest $10 million to expand its operations in Costa Rica, with the ultimate goal of replacing a production…