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Obama schedule for Costa Rica visit is set

In addition to his participation in the summit of presidents of the Central American Integration System (SICA) on May 3, U.S. President Barack Obama will join Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla in an event on Saturday with businessmen from the region, organized by the INCAE Business School and the Inter-American Development Bank.

Communications Minister Francisco Chacón said that Obama and the Central American presidents will arrive in the country on the afternoon of May 3. The Air Force One will land at 2:05 pm.

Chinchilla and members of her Cabinet will then hold a bilateral meeting with the U.S. delegation at the Foreign Ministry, known as the Casa Amarilla, in downtown San José at 3 pm. They will then hold a press conference.

The SICA summit will take place in the late afternoon at the Culture Ministry (CENAC). The presidents will then meet for a working dinner.

Friday will be a day off for public employees in seven cantons in three provinces, as Transit Police will block off many routes that the presidents will use to attend the various events.

In Alajuela, public workers will have a day off in the Central canton, and in Heredia in the canton of Belén. In the capital, the day off applies for bureaucrats at public offices in the Central, Escazú (west), Montes de Oca (east), Goicoechea (north) and Curridabat (east) cantons.

Chacón said it is still unknown whether a delegation of businessmen or commerce authorities of his Cabinet will accompany Obama.

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