President Luis Guillermo Solís is one of 90 speakers at the Toronto Global Forum today and tomorrow.
He and other Costa Rican officials are in Toronto trying to generate foreign investment here. His visit comes at the same time that the country has been haled into international arbitration by a Canadian firm that says it got a raw deal with the Las Crucitas open pit gold mine.
Solís will share the podium with, among others, former U.S. secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who is despised in some parts of Latin America because of his involvement in the overthrow of the Chilean regime of Salvador Allende in 1973 that led to the brutal dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.
Casa Presidencial said that some 400 business leaders and investors from the United states and Canada will be at the forum, an annual event. Solís appears to be the only head of state on the agenda.