Costa Rica and Australia strengthen ties in search of tourism and investment

Costa Rica and Australia strengthen ties in search of tourism and investment

Costa Rican Foreign Minister Manuel Gonzalez Sanz said today in Sydney that the opening of his embassy in Australia will strengthen ties with the country in search of greater tourism, investment and commerce.

“The main reason that has brought me to Australia is that tomorrow, Tuesday 17, we will be inaugurating in Canberra our embassy in Australia, which is complemented by the general consulate operating in Sydney,” said the minister.

“We feel very satisfied and positive,” said González Sanz, who on his visit until next Thursday will meet with his Australian counterpart, Julie Bishop, as well as local officials and businessmen.

The new legation, he said, is part of the policy of opening to Asia Pacific and encouraging, among other things, young Costa Ricans to study or obtain temporary work permits in Australia.

In addition, “Costa Rica, because of its social, economic and political stability, can become that platform that allows companies looking to our region to expand to other countries in Central America and the Caribbean,” he said.

Costa Rica is also close to Australia at a time when the country is in the process of implementing the agreement signed in 2016 between Canberra and Washington for the United States to host some 1,250 refugees on the Manus Islands Guinea) and Nauru.

 US President Donald Trump dismissed the agreement as stupid but promised to honor him because of good relations with Australia. Washington has so far received only fifty refugees, while Australia has pledged to host some 30 Central American refugees in Costa Rica, although details of their arrival in the country are unknown at the moment.

Gonzalez Sanz remarked that his objective is to strengthen bilateral relations but did not rule out addressing other problems such as the crisis in Venezuela, which has caused a wave of migration.

“Costa Rica, Brazil, Panama and Colombia and some other countries are exposed to the reception of large numbers of Venezuelan migrants fleeing the deplorable living conditions they have” in their country, said González Sanz.

The Costa Rican minister, a critic of the government of Nicolás Maduro, described the situation in Venezuela as “a hemispheric crisis that has repercussions throughout the area, from the political issue to immigrants.”

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