Baird Meets with Costa Rican Counterpart to Discuss Economic Relations

Baird Meets with Costa Rican Counterpart to Discuss Economic Relations

July 30, 2013 - San José - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird meets Enrique Castillo, Costa Rica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. The two ministers discussed bilateral and commercial relations.

“Canada and Costa Rica have excellent relations,” said Baird. “This relationship is based on shared values and strong economic ties thanks to our free trade agreement signed in 2002.

In addition to strong commercial relations, Canada and Costa Rica have close people-to-people ties through the large resident Canadian community and extensive Canadian tourism in Costa Rica. Approximately 10,000 Canadians live in Costa Rica, and more than 180,000 Canadians travel to Costa Rica as tourists each year.

To meet the growing demand for direct flights between Canada and Costa Rica, an open skies-type air transport agreement between Canada and Costa Rica entered into force in April 2012. Much of the demand for direct flights stems from the growing popularity of Costa Rica as a tourist destination for Canadians.

To better assist Canadian tourists in Costa Rica, both countries are working together to expand the services of a tourist information hotline to provide urgent assistance to Canadian tourists in addition to basic tourist information. In support of this initiative, the Canadian Embassy in Costa Rica will provide training for hotline operators to familiarize them with Canadian consular services and help them better serve Canadian tourists.

To learn more about Canada’s relationship with Costa Rica, visit Canada-Costa Rica Relations.

Canada’s engagement in the Americas envisions a more prosperous, secure and democratic hemisphere. To learn more about Canada’s engagement in the Americas, visit The Americas: Our Neighbours, Our Priority.

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