José Manuel Salazar


Executive Secretary


Mr. Salazar holds an MSc in Development Economics and a PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge and a BA in Economics from the University of Costa Rica. He was Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the International Labour Organization (ILO) from 2015 to 2018. Mr. Salazar joined the ILO in 2005 as Executive Director of the Employment Sector and served as Assistant Director-General for Policy from 2013 to 2015. Prior to joining the ILO, he served from 1998 to 2005 as Director of the Trade Unit of the Organization of American States. He was Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica from 1997 to 1998, Executive President of the Costa Rican Development Corporation from 1988 to 1990 and Chief Economist and then Executive Director of a Central American private sector think tank (FEDEPRICAP) from 1990 to 1996. In academia, he is the author of numerous articles and books on development, trade, economic integration, competitiveness and employment. He has taught at the University of Costa Rica, the National University of Heredia, Cambridge University and Georgetown University.

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