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In Dec. 2022, Dodd and Chaves met to address Costa Rica's participation in the Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity (APEP).
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U.S. Presidential advisor to meet President Chaves

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Published on Thursday, January 18, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


U.S. Special Presidential Advisor (SPA) for the Americas Christopher J. Dodd will visit Costa Rica next Friday and Saturday to meet with President Rodrigo Chaves-Robles.

According to the U.S. Embassy, Dodd will lead the U.S. delegation to follow up on commitments U.S. President Joe Biden made at the inaugural Leaders’ Summit of the Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity and looked ahead to the 2025 Summit in Costa Rica.

"The visits underscore the United States' pledge to foster inclusive and sustainable economic growth, defend democratic governance and the rule of law, and strengthen security cooperation in the Western Hemisphere," said the embassy in its statement.

Costa Rica's government cabinet, members of the Congress and private sector leaders will also participate in the meeting.

This is the second meeting between Dodd and President Chaves. 
In Dec. 2022, Dodd and Chaves met to address issues of mutual interest such as Costa Rica's participation in the Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity (APEP) to build regional resilience on supply chains and migration cooperation under the Los Angeles Declaration and the deteriorating situation in Nicaragua.

In Nov. 2022, Chris Dodd was appointed as Special Presidential Advisor for the Americas, according to the U.S. Department of State. 

Dodd serves following up on his role as Special Advisor for the Ninth Summit of the Americas that was held in Los Angeles, U.S.A.

He helps advance the implementation of key initiatives President Biden announced at the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, such as spanning economic cooperation, migration, health, human rights, food security, as well as other priorities. 

Dodd also supports the work currently being done by Vice President Harris, the Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security, USAID, and others. 

He has decades of public service, starting as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic and on the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee in the Western Hemisphere.

Last month, Richard R. Verma, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, met with President Rodrigo Chaves for the inaugural conference of the High-Level Strategic Dialogue on security, migration and economic cooperation.

What other U.S. government top executive should visit Costa Rica? 
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