Chinchilla promotes Costa Rica investment during tour of U.S.

May 18, 2011

Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla wrapped up the first half of her week-long U.S. tour by promoting Costa Rica as a foreign direct investment destination for U.S. companies.

On Tuesday, Chinchilla began the third day of her trip to the United States by visiting to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley. She attended the prestigious school in northern California to emphasize Costa Rica’s commitment to the development of renewable energies.

“One of the key strategies of my administration is to continue to promote sustainable development and environmental security,” she said. “Due to that commitment, the objective of this visit is to get a more detailed understanding of the research projects in the clean energies sector and to explore the possibilities of cooperation in that area.”

The president spent part of the day with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rica, who served under the George W. Bush administration. The two held a private meeting. According to a press release sent by Chinchilla’s office, Rice and Costa Rica’s president discussed the benefits of U.S. investment in Costa Rica. Chinchilla highlighted the high levels of education in Costa Rica and the large number of human resources offered here.

Chinchilla wrapped up her trip to the U.S.’s west coast by attending a graduation at the Stanford University Business School in Palo Alto in northern California. After the ceremony, Chinchilla met with some of the current students enrolled in the school to discuss business opportunities.

On Wednesday, Chinchilla will head to Washington D.C. for the second half of her six day U.S. tour. She will give a commencement speech at her alma mater, Georgetown University, this weekend.

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