Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs Ramin Toloui will travel to Costa Rica January 25-26 to launch the Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity Semiconductor Workforce Symposium and participate in related meetings and events.  His visit will advance commitments made during the November 2023 Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity Leaders’ Summit.  At the symposium, Assistant Secretary Toloui will affirm the U.S. commitment to working with government and private sector partners in the hemisphere to strengthen and diversify the global semiconductor supply chain and workforce.

Assistant Secretary Toloui will provide the keynote address at the symposium and conduct bilateral meetings with Costa Rican counterparts and Americas Partnership members.  He will meet with private sector leaders in the semiconductor and tech industries and experts from the education and training sector to discuss strategies to expand and diversify the semiconductor supply chain and strengthen the sector’s workforce in the hemisphere.

The Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity Semiconductor Workforce Symposium will create opportunities for member countries to explore collaborative ways to strengthen the semiconductor supply chain, including through developing workforce capacity.  Through the International Technology Security and Innovation (ITSI) Fund, part of the CHIPS Act of 2022, the Department of State is promoting the development and adoption of secure and trustworthy telecommunications networks.  ITSI also helps ensure semiconductor supply chain security and diversification through new programs and initiatives with allies and partners.

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