Monday, July 16, 2007

Economist named Costa Rica's ambassador to China

Costa Rica's former Economy Minister Antonio Burgues has been named the country's first ambassador to China, local daily La Nacion said on Sunday, quoting President Oscar Arias.

China and Costa Rica established diplomatic relations on June 1.

Burgues, 54, was the Economy, Industry and Trade Minister in Arias' prior government (1986-1990) and has been president of Costa Rica's Chamber of Exporters for the last 12 years.

Burgues' designation is now awaiting the due diplomatic paperwork, official sources said.

Burgues will use his experience to work in the "giant" market of China for Costa Rica's products, including coffee, the paper said.

Burgues will also help funnel Chinese investments into Costa Rica, promote tourism and strengthen contacts to guarantee China'ssupport for its foreign policy.

China has become an important destination for Costa Rica's products. Arias said earlier that Costa Rica's embassy in Beijing will be the second most important after its embassy in Washington.

Source: Xinhua News

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