Chairman of the Sharjah Department of Government Relations (DGR), Sheikh Fahim Al Qasimi, recently received high-level delegations from the Central American countries of the Republic of Guatemala and Republic of Costa Rica to explore collaboration prospects in several key sectors including culture, science, technology, and economy.
The two separate meetings were held at the Wisdom House in Sharjah in the presence of DGR Director Sheikh Majeed Al Qasimi.
Headed by HE Anayancy Rodriguez, Minister of Tourism, other members of the Guatemalan delegation included Ms. Francisca Moran, Vice Minister of Economy, Ms. Ava Arevalo, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs for Cultural Matters, Mr. Shirley Aguilar, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs for Economic Matters, and Mr. Lars Henrik Perez, Ambassador of the Republic of Guatemala to the UAE.
The DGR Chairman also received a Costa Rican delegation headed by HE Rodolfo Solano Quiros, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship, who was accompanied by HE Francisco J. Chacón Hernández, Ambassador of the Republic of Costa Rica to the UAE.
The parties discussed ways to strengthen economic partnership and trade between Sharjah and the two Central American countries and to stimulate investment in key areas, including food, tourism, healthcare, and the environment.
Sheikh Fahim pointed out that the rapid growth of the Emirate’s economy has made Sharjah one of the best destinations for investment, employment, and livelihood.
The DGR Chairman highlighted the strong bilateral relationship between Sharjah, and both Costa Rica and Guatemala which serves as a strong foundation for enhancing economic cooperation through mutual expertise and cooperation across the spectrum of industries. The DGR Official remarked that the close ties of friendship between Sharjah and the two countries were established by mutual respect, cooperation, and shared interests.
Costa Rica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship, HE Rodolfo Solano Quiros expressed his country’s interest in learning more about Sharjah’s cultural and developmental journey, rooted in investments in building human capital and providing a nurturing environment for facilitating cross-cultural communication with nations around the world. The Minister also expressed his country’s interest in advancing bilateral relations and developing economic and cultural partnerships with Sharjah.
Guatemalan Tourism Minister HE Anayancy Rodriguez praised Sharjah’s continued efforts to strengthen bilateral ties with Guatemala and appreciated the Emirate’s essential role in strengthening cooperation between cultures around the world.
The Guatemalan Tourism Minister also commented on the strong base of tourism and hospitality in Guatemala and Sharjah, which are essential for strengthening cultural, tourism, and business promises between the two countries.
Following the discussions, the DGR Chairman accompanied the officials to tour the House of Wisdom, an iconic futuristic socio-cultural center build in 2019 to commemorate Sharjah’s UNESCO World Book Capital title.