• Obama’s Visit To Costa Rica Will Bring Day Off In the Capital

The government of Laura Chinchilla plans to include declaring a day off in San José on Friday, May 3, to ease the the logistics and security operation for the visit of the U.S. President, Barack Obama.

obama-usThe possibility is in the list of options which Costa Rican authorities are coordinating with the United States delegates in charge of the preparations for the official activities to be held on May 3 and 4, when President Obama will be joined by six other heads of state invited to the Central American Integration System (SICA in Spanish).

“A day off is likely to ease the circulation of motorcades and would enable people to go watch them”, Minister of Communications Francisco Chacon said.

Chacon commented on Twitter that if the measure is approved it will only cover the public sector.

A one-day off decree was issued in 2008 when the President of China Hu Jintao visited Costa Rica. At that time it covered public employees in the San Jose and Montes de Oca cantons, bar those in essential services.

The day-off decision, however, will depend on the routes to be followed by President Obama and his entourage, which depend on the locations, which in turn depend on the agenda (still in the making) and on the thorough security protocols, also in the making. For the time being, the options to hold official events are the Presidential House, the Costa Rican Art Museum, the National Culture Center, and the Old Customs House, Mr. Chacon said, after warning that all of this is in a preliminary stage.

So far, at least three events are foreseen: a bilateral meaning with host President Laura Chinchilla, a multilateral meeting with the Central Americans, and a meeting with businessmen.

The visit to an institution and attending a cultural event are likely to be added. A new US advanced party will arrive here late next week.

Source: La Nacion