Spanish investors criticize Costa Rican bureaucracy

The sluggishness with which the institutions respond to requests for permits to start businesses or carry out investments is the main criticism of foreign investors.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

The president and business members of the Santa Cruz Business Chamber from Spain, visited Costa Rica this week to establish contacts and to hold meetings with local business persons.
"We have found Costa Rica to be a country that has its doors wide open to foreign investment, that receives business people and offers them a good business climate," said Emerito Rodriquez, vice president of the Chamber.
However, the head of the Foreign Trade section of the group added, "we are worried that in Costa Rica there is too much bureaucracy when its comes to processing permits, not so much that there are too many, but that the institutions take too much time to carry them out.

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