José Manuel SALAZAR-XIRINACHS

José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs (Ph.D. Cambridge University, UK) has been Assistant-Director General for Policy at the ILO since February, 2013. Before that and since August 2005 he was Executive Director for Employment with global responsibility for the employment related work of the ILO.  Previously he served in a number of public and private sector positions: Director of the Office of Trade, Growth and Competitiveness at the Organization of American States (OAS) supporting the countries of the Americas in their negotiations of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) (1998-2005); Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica (1997-98); Chief economist and later Executive Director of the Federation of Private Entities of Central America and Panama (FEDEPRICAP), the main regional private sector think tank at the time (1990-97); member of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Costa Rica (1995-97); Executive President of the Costa Rican Development Corporation (1988-90). He is author of numerous journal articles on development, trade and competitiveness policies and has written and edited several books, including Towards Free Trade in the Americas (Brookings Institution, 2001), Promoting Sustainable Enterprises (ILO, 2008), Trade and Employment: From Myths to Facts (ILO, 2011).

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