President Carlos Alvarado is in Germany this week, where his agenda includes strengthening international relations between Costa Rica and the European nation.
“We begin our official visit to Germany, which focuses on issues of employability, dual education and training of human talent,” Alvarado said Sunday. “We will work on the positioning of Costa Rica to attract foreign investment.”
According to the President, the delegation presented before Germany’s Chamber of Commerce and promoted Costa Rica as a country “based on solid institutions, stability, democracy, respect for human rights and sustainability.”
Alvarado met with the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, after which the two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to work on issues of employability, sustainable development and economic growth.
“The times we live in are complex, but we share the same values,” Alvarado said. “We are here to reaffirm the strategic alliance between Germany and Europe, and Costa Rica, Latin America and the Caribbean.
“Together, we can come out ahead.”
Declaraciones del encuentro con la canciller de Alemania, Angela Merkel. Reafirmamos nuestro compromiso por trabajar temas de empleabilidad, desarrollo sostenible y crecimiento económico. pic.twitter.com/0L882n0vmf
— Carlos Alvarado Quesada (@CarlosAlvQ) May 27, 2019
Merkel and Alvarado discussed immigration, with the Costa Rican president calling for “international attention” to ensure democracy and freedom in Nicaragua and Venezuela.
The President also spoke at re:publica, a conference on internet and society. Alvarado highlighted the necessity for clean energy as part of the digital age.
“Why not see climate change, digitalization and social inequality as interconnected realities to generate real change?” Alvarado said.