Officials plan to spend mornings considering 2050

Government officials, international bankers and representatives of private enterprise will meet five mornings this week to consider the state of production in 2050. The seminar is called the week of economic reflection.

The presenters are heavy with vice ministers from various agencies, and President Luis Guillermo Solís is scheduled to give a 10-minute talk Thursday.

Sponsors are the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio, the German agency for development, the Banco Centroamericano de Integración Económica and the Colegio de Profesionales en Ciencias Económicas,

The stated purpose is to sensitize the public about the importance of constructing policy for developing production in an integrated humane way, said an announcement.

Expats may be surprised to learn that Costa Rica does have a planning agency. It is the Ministerio de Planificación Nacional y Política Económica, which each year, emits complex and detailed projections for government activity. For example, the agency just reported that the government completed 213 goals for programs and projects for 2015 of the 293 contained in the national development plan.

The session this morning will be in the auditorium of the Colegio de Profesionales en Ciencias Económicas in Zapote. For the other four days this week the sessions will be in the Museo de Jade.

Among the topics to be treated Tuesday is climate change, said a draft agenda.

Representatives from the Cámara de Industrias, one from the Cámara de Comercio, another from the Cámera Nacional de Turismo and one from the Unión Costarricense de Cámaras y Asociados del Sector Empresarial Privado are scheduled to give brief presentations Thursday. Otherwise, the draft agenda is almost exclusively officials, academics and  international bankers.

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