U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar met today with Costa Rican Minister of Foreign Trade Anabel Gonzalez and Costa Rican Ambassador to the United States Muni Figueres.
Minister Gonzalez thanked Senator Lugar, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, for his longstanding friendship with Costa Rica and his decades long efforts to promote freedom and democracy in Central America.
Minister Gonzalez conveyed Costa Rica's interest in joining the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) based on her country's political stability, solid reputation for human rights and environmental protection, open economy, development policies and overall like mindedness with the Organization and the principles it promotes.
"By joining the OECD Costa Rica will be able to acquire policies in diverse fields thus allowing the country to consolidate its domestic political and economic growth strategies. Costa Rica's entry into the OECD would help to spread the values and principles of the Organization throughout Central America, a region which historically has been subject to social and political turmoil," Lugar said.
The Senator gave his full support to Costa Rica in this endeavor and urged the Obama Administration to back Costa Rica's aspirations and efforts to join the OECD.
"The incorporation of Costa Rica into the OECD would serve as proof of the Organization's commitment to be more open, diverse, and inclusive, while embracing small developing economies that have long proven their social, economic, and political maturity," Lugar concluded.