Summit of 33 heads of state will cost about $4.3 million, Solís reports

A meeting of 33 heads of state, including President Luis Guillermo Solís at the end of the month will cost about $4.3 million, the president said Sunday.

However, Solís said that about 90 percent of this tab will be picked up by private industry and international firms.

This is the summit of the Community of Latin America and Caribbean State, which styles itself as a competitor to the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C. The organization was founded for that purpose by Hugo Chávez, the late Venezuelan president.

Government agencies are pulling all the stops to support the event, which will be centered around Pedregal Centro de Eventos in Belén, Heredia.

The Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud has issued a long list of musical events that will entertain visitors. For example the  Banda de Conciertos de San José and the marimba of the Escuela Monseñor Luis Leipold in Cañas will perform at the inauguration at 10 a.m. Jan. 28.

This is the third summit of the group, and Costa Rica, as

Musicians from the famous marimba group at Escuela Monseñor Luis Leipold practice daily for the inauguration performance.

Musicians from the famous marimba group at Escuela Monseñor Luis Leipold practice daily for the inauguration performance.

president for one year, is the host.

Participating agencies include the Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, the Instituto Nacional de Música, the Sistema Nacional de Radio y Televisión, the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo al Aire Libre de Punta Islita.

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