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Baraya named to Costa Rica business board

Contact: Rene Abadie


     HAMMOND – Aristides Baraya, director of the Latin American Business and Development Initiative in Southeastern Louisiana University’s College of Business, has been named international advisor and a member of the board of directors of SME Observatory of Costa Rica.

     The Observatory is a joint effort of four Costa Rican public universities and is intended to generate competition and economic development of small and medium businesses through information collection and policy development. The institutions involved are the University of Costa Rica, the Technological Institute, National University, and the University for Distance Education of Costa Rica.

     The SME Observatory is one of the most important official programs in Costa Rica and is supported by the government of Costa Rica, the Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Industry, according to Lizette Brenes Bonilla, president of the organization.

     “Dr. Baraya’s selection for this prestigious position is truly and honor and reflects on his and Southeastern’s ongoing efforts to enhance business relations and cross-cultural understanding with Latin America,” said Randy Settoon, dean of the College of business.

     “The Hispanic community is being recognized as a growing economic force in south Louisiana,” Baraya said. “This appointment is an opportunity for Southeastern to make valuable contacts that enhance our relationships with Latin American nations while also helping to improve the economic development of the state of Louisiana.”

     Baraya, who recently returned from his second consecutive participation in the National Hispanic Leadership Summit in Washington, DC, also serves on the board of advisors of the Chamber of Industry of Costa Rica. Named one of Louisiana’s top 100 successful Hispanic citizens by Vocero News of New Orleans, he was the first chairman of the board of directors of the Hispanic Business Resources and Technology Center in Kenner, a partnership involving Southeastern, Jefferson Parish School Board, Catholic Charities of New Orleans and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana.

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