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Government of Costa Rica changes 3 senior officers in times of economic and health crisis.

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This Thursday the President of the Republic announced changes in the Ministry of Communication, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Science and Technology and the National Insurance Institute. According to what was indicated by the Minister of the Presidency, these changes that will be effective from June 1, aim to “Generate a refreshing of leaderships in the middle of the Government.”

In the case of the Ministry of Communication, Agustín Castro, who is a journalist by profession and with a master’s degree in International Trade and Public Policy from George Mason University, in Washington, will assume the position.

The Ministry of Science and Technology will be assumed by the current Vice Minister Paola Vega, who is a doctor in microelectronics from the Hamburg University of Technology in Hamburg.

As for the Ministry of Finance, this will be assumed by Elián Villegas, he has more than 25 years of experience in the financial sector and has chaired the National Insurance Institute since 2015. Just yesterday, the global credit rating agency AM Best Reaffirmed the international rating of Fortaleza Financiera A- (excellent) and the long-term Issuer Credit Rating of “a-” of the National Insurance Institute (INS).

As part of his tenure at INS, Don Elián implemented the single salary at the institution and led a major transformation that has steadily increased the institution’s efficiency and profits in recent years.

The President of the Republic entrusted the new Minister of Finance with three priority objectives: The protection of those affected by the pandemic, the containment of public spending and the stability of public finances.

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