Process for concession of ports in Costa Rica begins

This week the Government will hold meetings with operators that are interested in the concessions, in order to evaluate the feasibility of the model.

Monday, January 26, 2009

©image: reports: "Several aspects must be cleared up in order to established the official proposal:

Feasibility: To verify whether the proposed model is attractive, given the change in international financial conditions. The Government wants to check with operators to see if the proposal is profitable and if financing is available.

Method: The number of bids will be set. Initially..."

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