December 12th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) Left-leaning presidential candidate, José Maria Villalta met with the directors of the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of Private Enterprise (UCCAEP) this week.
The candidate was called on by business leaders to address doubts about his positions on the business sector in the country.
One of the business leaders’ chief concerns is Villalta’s opposition to increased involvement of the private sector in electricity generation. Juan Ramon Rivera, vice president of UCCAEP, said the issue is one for which his organization has fought hard, and Villalta’s position is only to strengthen the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE).
Another topic of discussion raised by UCCAEP is Villalta’s interest in renegotiating terms of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA, known locally as TLC) with the United States.
For his part, Villalta assured business leaders that he would keep the channel of dialogue open with the business sector. Villalta also assured the attendees that he has “no plans to nationalize anything,” but to focus on strengthening the institutions in charge of providing essential services to Costa Ricans.
Villalta also recognized that business is what creates wealth in the country, and is necessary to fight poverty.
The presidential candidate described the meeting as “cordial,” saying he “clarified and answered all questions.”