The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Costa Rica’s president, Luis Guillermo Solis, will begin  a five-day visit to the U.S. next Monday to meet potential investors in order to attract projects that create jobs in the country.

The purpose of the trip, scheduled between the next 9 and 13 June which will be the first journey of Solis as an acting president taking place outside Central America, is to strengthen the image of Costa Rica and to attract major projects, indicated this Tuesday the Costa Rican Coalition for Development Initiatives (Cinde) in a statement.

The agenda of Solis in the U.S. includes a series of activities in California and New York, “two niches with great presences of major companies,” according to Cinde.

The representative declared today at the posterior press conference to the Governing Council that he will also travel to Washington to meet with “senior officials” from the State Department and to hold a meeting with representatives of the U.S. company Intel.

“In Washington it is unlikely to see me with Barack Obama, but I do not rule it out. It’s not usual that in a work-visit that short a visitor can see the president, but I will meet the senior officials from the State Department, and perhaps some White House advisers, but this will be cleared up,” he stated.

Last April, while he was still president-elect, Solis pledged to seek more foreign high-tech investments after recognizing that the multinational technology Intel will close this year its manufacturing plant in Costa Rica, which is laying off 1,500 workers.

“I will have meetings with the firm Intel, where I hope they will report on possible future actions the company may take with respect to their activities in Costa Rica,” Solis announced today.

In the plant that closed in Costa Rica, Intel manufactures since 1997 microprocessors whose sales abroad account for one fifth of the exports of the Central American country.

Solis said it also will be presented as a special event organized by the Organization of American States (OAS).

The visit, purely economic, includes a series of interviews with international media, a business lunch in New York with a group of representatives of companies that are already established in Costa Rica and others that potentially could.

Also meetings with representatives of at least five high-tech companies in the sectors of life sciences, manufacturing technology and corporate services will be held, announced the Cinde newsletter.

The Coalition added that they will meet in the process of confirming appointments and improving some logistical details to finalize the agenda.

During his visit to the United States, president Solis will be joined by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Minister Alexander Mora; Cinde president, Joseph Rossi, and the general director of the agency, Gabriela Llobet.

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica