SAN JOSE – Costa Rica and South Korea signed a memorandum of understanding on Thursday to strengthen bilateral cooperation between local government authorities in the areas of the social economy, education and sustainability, officials said.
The Costa Rican ministry of foreign affairs said that the Institute of Development and Municipal Advisory and the Association of Korean Local Governments for Social Economy and Solidarity reached an agreement to promote exchanges between the two countries.
The official event was attended by the vice president of Costa Rica, Marvin Rodriguez, along with the executive president of the Institute of Development and Municipal Advisory, Marcela Guerrero, as well as a delegation of Korean authorities visiting the Central American country since last Monday.
“Our main objective is to strengthen the bonds of cooperation between institutions, mutual learning on core issues for the development of intelligent cities, waste management and care of the environment,” Rodriguez said.
The memorandum of understanding will promote exchanges in education, climate change mitigation, environmental protection, territorial and productive planning, solid waste, social economy, innovation, intelligent cities, urban renewal and sustainable development.
The agreement also aims to promote international meetings, education and social entrepreneurship, support for joint initiatives and the transfer of good governance practices between municipalities.
The authorities hope that these issues of cooperation and mutual learning will play a crucial role in the social economy, as a productive engine, reactivation and solution to the specific needs of the communities.
The mayor of Seoul’s Seongdong-gu district and president of the Association of Korean Local Governments for Social Economy and Solidarity, Chong Won O, stressed that they expected this exchange to advance towards a cooperative relationship with real outcomes.
“Korea’s interest in job creation and renewable energy opens the desire to learn about Costa Rica’s experience in the social solidarity economy through this framework of understanding,” Chong said.