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Fuentes Prepares for Return to Finance Ministry

David Fuentes, who served as Vice-Minister and then Minister of Finance during the administration of President Abel Pacheco (2002-2006), is now studying at YaleUniversity in New Haven, Connecticut, as one of the 2006 Yale World Fellows. He told The Tico Times last month in an e-mail he’s preparing to return to not only Costa Rica, but also to the Finance Ministry once the program ends in December; he will become Vice-Minister once again in the administration of President Oscar Arias.

Fuentes, 36, named as a Fellow in May, is one of 18 “emerging leaders” attending a four-month leadership course at the university, according to The group, which represents various countries and fields including government, business, religion, the military and the arts, among others, was chosen from a pool of 1,200 nominees from 136 countries.

Participants have an individualized academic program – Fuentes said he is focusing on economic development and poverty reduction – and participate in seminars, weekly dinners with guest speakers, and meetings with U.S. and foreign leaders.

The program, designed for leaders at “an early mid-career point,” covers all the Fellows’ expenses and provides them with a $30,000 living stipend.

University president Richard C. Levin said in a statement that the program is “a crucial component of Yale’s continuing globalization efforts” and said this year’s Fellows have “potential for future leadership on the global stage.”


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