Costa Rica: 68% Drop in Textile Exports

In the past nine years, foreign sales of textiles decreased from $ 729 million to $ 234 million.

Monday, November 29, 2010

According to the Foreign Trade Promoter, in the late eighties the sector employed 30.000 people, while today it currently employs only 8.000.

Miguel Schyfter, president of the National Association of Textile Exporters, "announced that the country will focus on attracting polyester production firms. One of them, he explained, may soon come and settle in a less developed area, the city of Puntarenas,” reported.

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