With a little over two weeks to go, the Presidential candidates have been busy presenting their economic teams, a group of people to assist the new president face the country’s most pressing issue.
While the 20 people team presented last week by Fabricio Alvarado of the Partido Restauracion Nacional (PRN) was received lukewarm, while the five-member team presented this week by Carlos Alvarado of the Partido Accion Cuidadana (PAC) is perceived positively by the business sector.
The PAC team, headed by Edna Camacho, includes Jorge Guardia, André Garnier, Alberto Franco and Renato Alvarado.
The five will join well-known economists with close ties to the PAC, such as Otton Solis, Epsy Campbell, and José Francisco Pacheco, who were with Carlos since the first round campaign. There is also talk of Édgar Robles joining the PAC team.
Presidential candidate Carlos also received another boost this past week, achieving an unprecedented alliance with Rodolfo Piza, the 2018 presidential candidate for the Partido Unidad Social Cristiana (PUSC).
Camacho said the alliance between the PAC and the PUSC “…implies that the next government will not be a single party, but an alliance, with an agenda and a work team that draws on both sectors.”
“It is in this context, Don Carlos Alvarado has asked me to preside over the economic advice of his government and, from there, coordinate the economic team. I have accepted, based on an agenda previously agreed to develop a central government,” she explained.
It is still unknown for sure, what will be the appointments for specific positions, such as Minister of Finance or president of the Central Bank or other ministries related to the economy, in both parties.
Regardless of which of the two Alvarado (no relation) will take office on April 1, they will have a team of professionals ready to help move the country economically.