President Carlos Alvarado, met Monday in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Both addressed several cooperation issues such as improving employability and the transition to the formal economy, with emphasis on population groups with greater vulnerability conditions.

President Alvarado had a few minutes alone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Presidencia)

At the meeting, they also agreed to deepen cooperation in dual education and how to provide comprehensive attention to migratory and refugee flows in Costa Rica.

In addition to the meeting with the Merkel, President Alvarado met Monday with the Federal President of Germany, Frank Wálter Steinmeier. The meeting was at the Bellevue Palace in the center of Berlin.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets Costa Rica’s President Carlos Alvarado Quesada at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, May 27, 2019. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

After the meeting it was agreed that a German trade mission will soon visit Costa Rica. The delegation will aim to expand German investments already in the country and look for new ones.

The meeting also addressed issues such as the situation in Nicaragua and Venezuela and the migration crisis facing the countries of the region as well as the experience of Germany in the care of migrants.

During the working session Chancellor Merkel on Monday received a surprise in her language from the Costa Rican president: a video where students from the Liceo de Poás invite her to visit the country and that educational center.

“¡Hallo Frau Merkel! ¡Wir sind Schüler von der Schule Liceo de Poás!” (Presidencia)

“We are the only public school in Costa Rica where German is taught. Here we learn the language and culture of Germany,” explains one of the students, after stating that” the school is located in a rural area on the slopes of the Poas volcano, one of the most active in the world.”

In the streets of Hamburg President Alvarado receives a warm welcome.

Costa Rican Dinia Castillo has 19 years living in Hamburg (Presidencia)