October 28, 1998
Carter to visit Costa Rica, Ecuador

                  ATLANTA (Reuters) -- Former President Jimmy Carter said on Tuesday
                  he will visit Ecuador and Costa Rica next week to discuss promoting Latin
                  American investments by curbing corruption in the region.

                  "Improving investor confidence will spur the economic growth necessary to
                  an improved standard of living in the region," Carter said in a statement.

                  "Some countries, such as Costa Rica, already have important controls in
                  place to prevent corruption, but many challenges remain in the region," he

                  Carter will be joined by his wife Rosalynn and Dr. Jennifer McCoy, director
                  of the Carter Center's Latin American and Caribbean programme. They will
                  be in Quito and Guayaquil, Ecuador, Nov. 4-5 and San Jose, Costa Rica,
                  on Nov. 6, meeting government and business leaders.

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