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May 7, 1998

Costa Rica's foreign trade minister, José Manuel Salazar, has been appointed as special advisor on trade matters at the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, Secretary General César Gaviria has announced.

He also announced the appointment of US government advisor Carmen Lomellín as the new executive secretary of the OAS Inter-American Commission of Women, know by its Spanish acronym CIM.

The secretary general said both were eminently qualified individuals whose addition to the Organization "means a step forward in the work we have proposed in order to meet the mandates from the recently-concluded second Summit of the Americas."

Dr. Salazar takes up his new post on June 15. He studied economics at the University of Costa Rica and then earned a master of philosophy and a doctorate in economics from Cambridge University in England. He has held the foreign trade portfolio with the José María Figueres administration since January 1997, prior to which he was executive director of the Federation of Private Entities of Central America and Panama and was also chairman of the board of directors of the Central Bank of Costa Rica.

The new executive secretary of CIM is the White House Liaison for the US Office of Personnel Management and has served the White House Office on Women's Initiatives and Outreach. She also has private sector background, having served as executive director of the Private Industry Council in Chicago. She is due to take up her new assignment on May 18.

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