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U.S. assistant secretary visits Costa Rica

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Published on Thursday, January 25, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff and wire services

The U.S. Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs, Ramin Toloui, visits Costa Rica this week to launch the Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity Semiconductor Workforce Symposium and participate in related meetings and events. 

According to the U.S. Embassy, Toloui's visit will advance commitments made during the November 2023 Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity Leaders’ Summit.  

"At the symposium, Assistant Secretary Toloui will affirm the U.S. commitment to working with government and private sector partners in the hemisphere to strengthen and diversify the global semiconductor supply chain and workforce," said the embassy in its statement. 


Toloui's visit goal is to provide the keynote address at the symposium and conduct bilateral meetings with Costa Rican counterparts and Americas Partnership members.  

He will meet with private sector leaders in the semiconductor and tech industries and experts from the education and training sector to discuss strategies to expand and diversify the semiconductor supply chain and strengthen the sector’s workforce in the hemisphere.

The Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity Semiconductor Workforce Symposium aims to create opportunities for member countries to explore collaborative ways to strengthen the semiconductor supply chain, including developing workforce capacity.  

Through the International Technology Security and Innovation (ITSI) Fund, part of the CHIPS Act of 2022, the U.S. Department of State is promoting the development and adoption of secure and trustworthy telecommunications networks.  

"ITSI also helps ensure semiconductor supply chain security and diversification through new programs and initiatives with allies and partners," added the embassy.

In Nov. 2023, President Rodrigo Chaves-Robles attended the Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity Leaders' Summit, which took place in Washington DC, U.S.A.

At the summit, Chaves spoke with U.S. President Joe Biden to address issues such as strengthening critical supply chains, clean energy, semiconductors and medical supplies in the region.

Costa Rica will host the next summit in 2025.

Secretary Toloui is one of many top key U.S. executives visiting Costa Rica recently. Last week, the U.S. Special Presidential Advisor (SPA) for the Americas Christopher J. Dodd met with President Chaves.  Dood's visit goal was to strengthen security cooperation in the Western Hemisphere.

What U.S. semiconductor manufacturing company should establish operations in Costa Rica?  
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