Arosemena resigns as Minister of Commerce

Starting next December 31, the Ministry of Commerce and Industries will have a new minister, after Augusto Arosemena resigned his post to pursue his career in the private sector.

This was reported by a communication, the Secretary of State Communication (SCE), the night of this Wednesday, December 26.

President Juan Carlos Varela appointed the current Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade, Néstor González, to replace Arosemena in the post.

González has been linked to the tourism and construction sectors for more than 15 years. He graduated from the Santa María la Antigua University (USMA), where he obtained the degrees of Law and Political Science and Business Administration.

Arosemena, who participated this Wednesday of his last Cabinet Council, was in front of the MICI since January 2016 and previously served as Deputy Minister of the Presidency since July 1, 2014.

During his tenure, Arosemena worked on the drafting and approval of multiple laws, such as the new law of the Colon Free Zone; the special regime of Colón Puerto Libre; the one of industrial policy; the retaliation law and was in charge of the negotiations of the Free Trade Agreement with the People’s Republic of China during the four rounds held to date, according to the SCE statement.