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Among the main government challenges mentioned by Alvarado are beating the pandemic, addressing the fiscal crisis,
improving the economy and reducing the unemployment rate.
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Published Wednesday, May 5, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

In his annual speech before the Congress on Tuesday, President Carlos Alvarado listed a series of government actions and challenges for Costa Rica.

Alvarado arrived at Congress in one of the electric buses donated by the German government, through the German Cooperation Agency for Development, GIZ.

Among the main government challenges mentioned by Alvarado are beating the pandemic, addressing the fiscal crisis, improving the economy and reducing the unemployment rate.

The president also announced a series of plans to improve the current situation in the country, such as presenting a bill to Congress, for the approval of a loan, intended for the next administration to replace the streets made of ballast with asphalt, improve bridges, among other works to improve the roads.

Alvarado also announced another bill to be presented to Congress for another loan aimed at improving the infrastructure of the public education sector.

In addition, the president asked Congress to approve the project of the National Digital Program to provide each public school or high-school student with a computer and internet access.

Another goal is to advance the Metropolitan Electric Train plan, the Limon Electric Train plan and improvements in the railroad services for six provinces.

In addition, the President seeks to continue with the substitution of fuel vehicles for electric vehicles, including vehicles that are used in government institutions as well as in public transportation.

Another of Alvarado's goals is to develop the plan called Government City, a project to construct 8 buildings that will be used by 16 public institutions.
Alvarado also hopes to finalize the plan for the Expansion of the protection of Cocos Island, with the goal of protecting 30% of the country's maritime territory.

Another of his goals is to create a trust for advancing the recovery of Indigenous territories.



Among the achievements already made by the government, according to Alvarado are:

The advancement in the vaccination campaign against covid-19 with more than 950,000 doses applied, improvements in the Social Security infrastructure, improvements in road infrastructure, improvements in the Water Institute and the access to drinking water services, construction of more police delegations and civic centers in many communities.

However, Alvarado highlighted the increase in government spending, (reaching a debt to 46.78% of GDP) could be reduced if Congress approves several bills to reduce the government spending.
 
The President requested deputies to approve a bill to allow the government to receive a loan from the International Monetary Fund for more than $1.7 billion.

It is expected during this week the deputies will issue their views on President Alvarado's speech.

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What do you think are the most important achievements made by the Alvarado administration? 
We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com

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