Working visit by the President of Costa Rica

On Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 May, the president of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, will be in the Netherlands for a working visit. The president will be accompanied on the trip by the First Lady, Ms Mercedes Peñas Domingo. The purpose of the visit is to further strengthen bilateral ties between the Netherlands and Costa Rica, with a particular focus on economic relations. Some of the main issues on the agenda are logistics (including maritime logistics), sustainable agriculture, and energy and climate. The president will be accompanied by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Agriculture, along with an economic delegation.

On Wednesday 10 May, President Solís will visit the ports of Amsterdam and Rotterdam. That evening, Prime Minister Mark Rutte will host the president at the Catshuis for a working dinner. The theme of the dinner will be logistics and sustainable economic cooperation. Other dinner guests will include Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for the Environment Sharon Dijksma and representatives of the Dutch business community and knowledge institutions.

On Thursday morning, President Solís will be welcomed to the Senate by the presidents of the two houses of parliament, Ms Ankie Broekers-Knol (Senate) and Ms Khadija Arib (House of Representatives). In the afternoon the president and Ms Peñas will have an audience with King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima at Noordeinde Palace. Following that, the King and Queen will host a lunch for the president and his partner.

On Thursday the president will visit a number of locations, including the International Criminal Court (ICC), and he will deliver a lecture on climate change and inclusive development for the University of Amsterdam at the Agnietenkapel.