Costa Rican Government Seeks Support for Development Banking

The bill would request the transfer of a mandatory 5% of state and private bank profits to the Development Bank System.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The contributions would be for five years and in addition to the requirement established by existing law for banks to use 5% of their profits to create a fund to grant loans for development.

Reporter Marvin Barquero wrote for the Nacion website: "The amended law also seeks to distribute the funds of the so-called “banking toll” (17% of current accounts captured by state and private banks) among the state three banks. It is a total of about $320 million and the law states that it should only be administered by the Cartago Agricultural Credit Bank (Bancrédito)."

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