Legislative Assembly’s International and Foreign Trade Committee
Ambassador Anne Andrew
San José, July 5th, 2012
U.S. Ambassador Anne S. Andrew appeared this morning before the Legislative Assembly’s International and Foreign Trade Committee to offer a summary of the different programs the U.S. government is developing in the country.
Among the topics Ambassador Andrew talked about are her visits to several communities in the country where she has invited deputies from different political parties; the English teaching training, the debt-for-nature swaps; public-private partnerships; donations of disaster preparedness warehouses to the National Emergencies Commission; the donations to NGOs to
contribute with the development of projects supporting Cost Rican youngsters or communities like Tarcoles.
Ambassador Andrew also summarized the initiatives the embassy develops with the Costa Rican government on issues like security with the construction of the Kilometer 35 checkpoint on the South Inter-American Highway; the joint patrolling agreement and the importance of the authorization of port calls for the U.S. Coast Guard and Naval ships; women’s security and gender-based violence.
Exports and imports was another topic, and the collaboration to the Public Ministry on case management systems, as well as smart grids developed with ICE.
Ambassador Andrew concluded her presentation with the U.S. Embassy Costa Rica’s slogan: “A safe, prosperous, green Costa Rica benefits both of our nations.”