Costa Rica: Small and medium sized businesses can certify their processes

Small and medium sized businesses, which operate in the dairy, cold meats, and flours sectors, can now access technical standardization in order to increase their level of competitiveness.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Via the Nor+ program, which has the technical and financial support of the Inter-American Development Bank that administrates the resources of the Mutlilateral Investment Fund (IDB/FOMIN), companies can finance up to 60% of the costs of hiring specialist to head the process of applying a technical standard.
According to the Costa Rica Chamber of Industries, 66% of the companies that sell their products or services abroad are small or medium sized.

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