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Published on Thursday, October 7, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The business trip has Vice President Marvin Rodríguez traveling to Qatar, from Oct. 15-18, in search of funds to cover the cost of building a new geriatric hospital and conserving the National Theater.

Currently, the Blanco Cervantes Hospital, located in Sabana Canton, San José Province, is focused on attending elderly patients over the age of 65.

Rodríguez is accompanying committee include the following authorities:

- Sylvie Durán, Minister of Culture.

- Román Macaya, President of Social Security.

- Karina Salguero, Director of the National Theater.

- Jorge Granados-Soto, Manager of Social Security Infrastructure.

- Cristina Cordero, Director of Rodriguez's office.

It is expected that in the next few days the government will disclose the amount of money that Rodriguez and his committee are planning to obtain. It is not clear if they are trying to receive a loan or a donation from the Qatar government.

The State of Qatar is a country located in Western Asia. According to the World Bank, the country's population in 2020  is estimated at 2.7 million people. The country's Gross domestic product, GDP, is estimated at $183.807 billion.

The meeting with Qatar authorities cannot be held virtually because "the Qatari authorities require that these projects be presented in person," the government said in its statement.

"As Vice President of the Republic, I am proud and enthusiastic to strengthen relations and cooperation between Costa Rica and Qatar," Rodríguez said.

The expense of the trip is covered by the government of Qatar, the government said.

Recently, President Alvarado went to North America on a work trip. He first traveled to Mexico accompanied by Foreign Minister Rodolfo Solano. Then he traveled to the United States accompanied by Claudia Dobles (the first lady), Rodolfo Solano (Foreign Minister), Andrea Meza (Minister of Environment), Rodrigo A. Carazo (Costa Rican Ambassador to the United Nations), Christian Guillermet (Vice Foreign Minister ) and Adriana Solano, Ambassador.

Alvarado’s international business trips are nearing the end of his administration, as his term ends on May 8, 2022.

Should more authorities take more business trips before Alvarado's term ends? We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com


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