Next Step In His Political Career: Juan Rafael Marin, National Liberation (PLN)

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Juan Rafael Marin Quiros, 50 years old, was born in the city of San Jose and currently resides in Hojancha. He earned a degree in business administration with an emphasis in human resources at has a bachelor’s degree in law, both from the University of Costa Rica. He studied cooperatives in Israel at the Center for Cooperative and Labor Studies for Latin America, located in Tel Aviv.

In public office, he has been part of several institutions such as the Agricultural Development Project of the Nicoya Peninsula. He was legislative advisor for former legislators Angel Marin 1986-1990 and Aiza Sigifredo from 2002 to 2006. He was president of the Institute of Municipal Promotion and Consultation (IFAM) and mayor of Hojancha, in addition to Minister of Decentralization and Economic Policy in the Chinchilla Miranda administration, from which he resigned to pursue a post as legislator for Guanacaste.

Marin assured that they have an entire team to guarantee comprehensive attention to the province of Guanacaste. Regarding production, he said, “I’m interested in the project of employment for youth, for which we will resume work on the project of production. We have a permanent forum of entrepreneurs and producers in Guanacaste, directed by Walter Coto Molina… We will give priority to the rice corporation, coffee cooperatives and agricultural associations.”

Another issue that he said interests him is infrastructure. “We have been working on issues such as the Samara-Nosara and the Lajas-Hojancha roads, and the route of San Antonio of Nicoya.”

On Education, he commented, “We’re going to have a Minister of Education from Guanacaste. We’ll eliminate the breach between public and private schools, between the central plateau and rural areas in regard to public education and we’ll work to resolve problems of infrastructure.”

In relation to decentralization, he assured that this is a long-term process. “The issue of decentralization is not like solving it with a magic wand… It is a process that is achieved little by little through the transfer of resources and competencies,” he said.