UN DESA | DPAD | Development Policy Analysis Division
Capacity Development and Advisory Services
UN-DESA • MIDEPLAN • UNDP Costa Rica
San José, Costa Rica
15 January 2013
On 15 January 2013, DESA/DPAD representative Marco V. Sanchez-Cantillo made a presentation to the President of Costa Rica, Her Excellency Ms. Laura Chinchilla, and the Council of Ministers of her Government on the implementation of the capacity development project "Strengthening Macroeconomic and Social Policy Coherence through Integrated Macro-Micro Modelling", which is in its final stage. The briefing included a short presentation on the main findings of the UN-DESA assessment of strategies to achieve the MDGs in Costa Rica under different scenarios of economic growth and public spending levels and financing.
During the briefing, the President and various Ministers raised questions, made comments, and praised the UN-DESA study and its findings, as well as the capacity development activities that UN-DESA is implementing in Costa Rica in close collaboration with UNDP.
The event is a result of an earlier briefing by DESA/DPAD on 17 December 2012 to the Minister of Planning and Economic Policy (MIDEPLAN) of Costa Rica, Mr. Roberto Gallardo, in San José. As a result of this briefing, Mr. Gallardo considered the presentation and the findings of the UN-DESA assessment to be outstanding and requested UNDP Resident Coordinator in Costa Rica, Ms. Yoriko Yasukawa, to arrange a similar presentation for the President of Costa Rica and the Council of Ministers of the Government.
DESA/DPAD representative Marco V. Sanchez-Cantillo also made a presentation to Ms Yoriko, on 14 January, 2013, where they discussed substantive issues that would need to be underlined in the presentation to the Government, and agreed on parts of the presentation that would need to be revised and fine-tuned.
Current capacity development activities in Costa Rica and a number of developing countries are realized under the project "Strengthening Macroeconomic and Social Policy Coherence through Integrated Macro-Micro Modelling". The Costa Rica project was implemented at the request of the Ministry of National Planning and Economical Politics (MIDEPLAN) on 20 June 2011 with an inception workshop, followed by training workshops in December 2011, May 2012, and December 2012, as well as working meetings in November 2012.