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Puerto Rico Secretary of State-designate ready to receive Senate confirmation

By on January 11, 2017

Gerardo Rivera Marín (CB photo/ Limarys Suárez)

Luis Rivera Marín speaks to reporters. (CB photo/ Limarys Suárez)

SAN JUAN – After being confirmed as secretary of State by the House of Representatives, Luis Rivera Marín said Wednesday that his confirmation by the Senate of Puerto Rico could occur at any time.

Unlike other heads of agencies, the appointment of the secretary of State requires confirmation from both legislative chambers. Rivera Marín said the Senate should include his confirmation hearing on its schedule following the conclusion of the public hearing process, which is expected Thursday.

Regarding his priorities once confirmed, the former secretary of the Department of Consumer Affairs (DACO by its Spanish acronym) and director of the Tourism Co. under the administration of former Gov. Luis Fortuño listed several related to the island’s economy and workforce.
“The priority is clear in the Plan for Puerto Rico, and it is to address the island’s economic development, job creation, facilitating the processes of creating small and midsize businesses,” he said in a WKAQ 580 radio interview.

Regarding the areas he will work in at the department, Rivera Marín mentioned the development of integrated service centers at various government facilities to provide citizens with both physical and online access.

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