Wednesday 25 April 2018

President Higgins visits rainforest on final day of trip

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina are greeted by local children on the final leg of his state visit to Latin America
President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina are greeted by local children on the final leg of his state visit to Latin America
Joyce Fegan

Joyce Fegan

PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins visited a Costa Rican rainforest, during the final engagement of his Latin American visit.

Mr Higgins visited one of the many national parks in the lush country of Costa Rica where he met with their minister for environment, Dr Rene Castro Salazar. Dr Salazar told the Mr Higgins that Costa Rica had invested half a billion dollars in the environment sector and that 25,000 people were now employed in it.

He added that it was the second highest earner for their economy after the technology industry. In total, Mr Higgins visited three countries during his trip, signed seven bilateral agreements relating to trade and education and said he hoped that his visit would have a big "follow-through" effect for Ireland. The President is due back home today.

Irish Independent

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