INS Will Compete Outside of Costa Rica

The state-owned Costa Rican insurer will be able to market all its products abroad, after receiving approval by the Comptroller's Office.

Friday, August 14, 2009


Guillermo Constela, executive president of the entity, informed that they will first expand in the Central American market, specially Panama.

Further comments by Constela were published in "The National Insurance Institute (INS), will compete through strategic alliances or purchasing already established companies..."

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