Costa Rica: Reforms to SME Financing Mechanism

Reforms are planned to the "Sistema de Banca para Desarrollo" (SBD) "banking toll fee" arrangement with the introduction of a fixed payment.

Monday, August 16, 2010

In addition, the concept of differentiated regulation will be introduced and the role of Costa Rica's national learning institute (INA in Spanish) in carrying out business training will be clarified.

"The SBD began in 2008 with the creation of three funds: financing and liquidity, bonds and guarantees and business development services. Together these make up the National Development Trust (Finade in Spanish)," reports "As of March 2010, this fund contained approximately $164 million while its investments were only $28 million".

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