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Anabel Gonzalez

Senior Director of the World Bank Global Practice on Trade & Competitiveness (2014-2017); Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica (2010-2014).


English, Spanish


Specific topics

DiplomacyGlobalizationInternational economyLatin American EcononyTendencias de negociobusiness trendseconomic growtheconomical outlookeuropean economygender issuesglobal issuespolitical outlook

Anabel Gonzalez has been supporting job creation and economic growth through international trade, local integration, foreign investment and competitiveness for more than 25 years.

She led the international positioning and operations of the World Bank in the fields of finance, investment climate, competitiveness entrepreneurship and innovation. She coordinated the design and implementation of projects of over $5.5 billion in over 100 countries in all the continents of the world along with the 500 people on her team.

Anabel used to be Costa Rica's Minister of Foreign Trade where she headed the country’s attempts to be part of the OECD. She introduced six free trade agreements, with countries like China and the European Union; improved the investment climate and helped draw more than 140 foreign direct investment projects.

Other positions held during her 15 years in the organization include: Ambassador and Chief Negotiator of the Free Trade Agreement between Central America and the United States, Deputy Minister, and Director General of Trade Negotiations.

Additionally, Gonzalez has been a protagonist in the Competitiveness and Innovation Council and served as President of the Export Promotion Board. She was also the Head of the WTO Agriculture Department, Trade and Integration at the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Board's Managing Director.

She is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Trade & Foreign Investment and of different boards. She has also spoken in more than 50 countries globally and usually writes on these topics.

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