For the first time in Costa Rica’s history, the president will give a report on his first 100 days in office. After lawmakers denied President Luis Guillermo Solís his request to take the floor in the Asamblea Legislativa last week, the president is now set to go over his self-review tonight at the Teatro Popular Melico Salazar.
Solís is expected to look back on his already eventful first few months in office, and also lay out plans and predictions for the remaining three-plus years. His two-hour talk should feature mentions of the teacher strikes that he inherited when he took the job in May, the country’s lingering fiscal problems that include the public deficit, and his decision to allow vendors to keep their marketplace in downtown San José despite the municipality’s claim that his action was illegal.
It will be interesting to see if the president discusses the evolving crisis with tourist leaders, who say additional taxes on tours and activities will cripple the industry. Besides admitting that he mistakenly signed a proposal to have the tourism industry be relegated to the economy ministry, Solís has not mentioned much in the way of fortifying Costa Rican tourism from the 13 percent tax.
Solís said the decision to do the country’s first 100-day report follows his administration’s commitment to transparency and open dialogue. He has promised that the report will point to solutions for inefficient public institutions, corruptive practices, overspending,
and the overall mismanagement of government funds.
“This report is for the people of Costa Rica, the active, democratic, and vigilant citizenship that makes up our great heritage and for which makes me proud to be their leader,” Solís said.
Among the invited guests will be legislators, municipal and district authorities, corporate leaders, university heads, and representatives from native groups. The President is planning to answer questions from these attendees, as well as from those posed by citizens not in attendance who can post pertinent questions on social media outlets.
The event begins at 7 p.m. and will be televised on Sinart Channel 13 and Radio Nacional 101.5 FM. A live stream is also supposed to be made available on www.presidencia.go.cr.