The controversy began right after President Carlos Alvarado announced the appointment of Solís last week,
 which prompted the deputies, businessmen sector and politicians' disapproval.

Published on Thursday, July 15, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


Otton Solís, former deputy and former founder of the Citizen Action Party, PAC, who is currently in government, announced on Wednesday his resignation as Costa Rican ambassador to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, OECD.

"I hope that this decision, which I make thinking exclusively of the good of Costa Rica, by attending to the true and unpresentable reason of the deputies, will exterminate their excuses, make them put down their threats and proceed to vote favorably and promptly, the IMF loan and other important awaiting bills,"
Solís said in his public letter of resignation.

The controversy began right after President Carlos Alvarado announced the appointment of
Solís last week,  which prompted the deputies, businessmen sector and politicians' disapproval.

On Monday, the deputies approved by majority a motion to revoke the
Solís appointment. According to Congress, with 40 votes in favor and 11 against, the deputies of the opposition parties approved a motion and request to President Alvarado to nullify Solís's appointment.

The approved motion urges the President to take the recommendation of the Ministry of Foreign Trade to designate Manuel Tovar Rivera, who is the current representative of the country in the organization.

Another clear rejection of Solis came from the Costa Rican-American Chamber of Commerce, AmCham, saying this appointment should have been made based on technical criteria and not as a result of  President Alvarado's decision.

“In AmCham, we have always encouraged that appointments for positions so strategically important for the country are carried out through an open, transparent, competitive and equitable recruitment process, with objective selection criteria that recognize merits and trajectory," Gisela Sánchez, president of AmCham said. "The recent appointment of former deputy Ottón Solís Fallas does not respond to these selection principles and neither does it contemplate the recommendations of the Ministry of Foreign Trade, the same organization that led the process of accessing the OECD."

According to AmCham, the appointment of Solís transmits contradictory messages and will hurt the image of the country in the international arena.
Before being appointed to the OECD by President Alvarado, Solís was the country's representative before The Central American Bank for Economic Integration, CABEI. He quit in order to take over the OECD appointed position.

Solís, in addition to being one of the founders of the current political party in the government, PAC, was a presidential candidate in 2002, 2006 and 2010, losing in all three races. He was also a deputy for two terms, from 1994 to 1998 and from 2014 to 2018.

As of press time, the government confirmed the Solis' public letter of resignation in a brief statement.

In May Costa Rica became the 38th member of the OECD.

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