Germany to promote infra development, environmental policies

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

A German delegation has met with Costa Rica's public works and transport minister, Randall Quirós, to discuss economic support for environmental policies and infrastructure development in Costa Rica, local paper Capital Financiero reported.

The Costa Rica-German technical cooperation gave rise to the implementation of the clean air program Aire Limpio San José, which has been running for five yeas. The program includes air pollution monitoring, technical revision of vehicles and improving the public transport network in San José.

Germany will also invest 4mn euros (US$4.8mn) in the first phase of the competitiveness and environment (CYMA) program, to prevent and combat air pollution. The development of roads and highways is also a priority for the delegation.

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The German delegation was comprised of the deputy development and economic cooperation minister, Erich Stather, German association for technical cooperation director Wolfgang Schmitt, and the World Bank's executive director in Germany Eckhard Deutscher.

Costa Rica's clean air program is also expected to be implemented in El Salvador, Honduras and Panama.