New Free Trade Zone in Costa Rica

Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sánchez and Foreign Trade Minister Marco Vincio Ruíz today inaugurated the new free trade zone of the east. Three multinational firms are already taking part: Teletech, TechDada and Countrywide Financial. They employ a total of 1,340 workers.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

"Just last year we received 1.885 million dollars from this kind of investment," said Arias. "We have done this to deepen the productive diversification process."
Three more companies are expected to set up shop in the free trade zone in the next three years, creating more than 4,000 new jobs.

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