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Anabel González (Minister of Foreign Trade, Costa Rica). As a member of President Laura Chinchilla’s Cabinet, Ms. Gonzalez serves as the President’s principal trade and investment policy advisor, negotiator and spokesperson on trade and investment issues. Since her appointment in May 2010, she has led Costa Rica’s efforts to further integrate into the world economy.
Bringing public service and private sector experience to the Ministry, Minister González has been involved in trade and investment matters internationally and domestically for over twenty years. Prior to her current position, she worked as senior advisor on trade and integration at the Inter-American Development Bank (2009-2010); Director of the WTO Agriculture Division (2006-2009); Chief Negotiator of the Central America-United States-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement, CAFTA (2002-2004); Director General of the Costa Rican Investment Board (2001-2002); Vice Minister of Foreign Trade (1998-2001); international advisor (1997-1998); Director of Trade Negotiations and Chief of Staff of the Foreign Trade Minister’s Office (1991-1997 and 1989 -1990, respectively).
She has a Law Degree from the University of Costa Rica, a Master’s Degree in law and international trade from Georgetown University, and postgraduate studies at the Center for Applied Studies in International Negotiations and at Harvard University.