Compensation of $43 million to the State and a concession for 21 years for APM Terminals are part of the agreement made with the foreign company for it to operate the container terminal.
According to an article on Publinews, Anabella Morfin, Attorney General of the Nation, explained that"...APM and EPQ pledged to desist with the courts with their efforts to obtain a declaration of voiding due to incompetence, in order to streamline the operation of TCQ. "
The vagueness of the Solis administration regarding the integration of Costa Rica into the Pacific Alliance has provoked negative reactions from business associations.
The country's entry into the Commercial alliance composed of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru would represent a very important change for the economy of Costa Rica, a change that sectors producing goods and services would have to integrate into their strategic plans, which is why they need clear signals regarding what will happen.
In a seventh round of negotiations, an attempt will be made to lay the groundwork for an agreement that seeks to avoid damage to both countries.
If an agreement is not reached, Colombia will classify Panama as a tax haven, with a consequent increase in costs for bank transactions between the two countries, and exposing Columbia to the measures provided under Panama's Law of Retaliation.
As the region gets ready to start complying with the US law FATCA, OECD countries are already working on a Single Global Standard for automatic exchange of information.
FATCA could now be joined by the European OECD countries Single Global Standard for Automatic Clearing of CRS Information (Gatca), "... allowing tax information on their residents to be shared between them."
The South Korean government has proposed to Central American countries that they resume negotiations to sign a free trade agreement.
During a meeting between officials of the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica and the deputy minister, Moon Jaedo, of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy (Motie) of South Korea, it was requested "... that the Central American countries evaluate opening up a process of negotiation for a free trade agreement. "
The Nicaraguan Oil Company has signed a cooperation agreement with a Canadian company for exploration of oil and gas.
Following the agreement signed between the company EastSiberian Plc, belonging to TMX Group in Canada and the National Oil Company of Nicaragua (Petronic) the Ministry of Energy and Mines has been approached in order to start negotiations for the subsequent signing of concession contracts.
Both governments announced that they have signed an agreement to unify customs in order to expedite the transport of vehicles and people, with effect from 1 June.
With this agreement, it is expected that the border between the two nations will be fully liberated for both freight and passengers in December. Immigration procedures will be carried out online or in an office to be located near the border area.
The private sector will be proposing to the government the signing of a partial agreement and investment promotion with India and negotiation of a trade agreement with South Korea.
These proposals aim to increase trade relations, where in the case of South Korea, in 2014, Guatemala reported imports of $402 million and exports worth $269 million, with the most notable products sold being sugar, lead and coffee.
The Solis administration has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese government to begin studying the feasibility of setting up a special economic zone in Costa Rica for enterprises from China.
As part of the agreement signed between the two governments, feasibility studies will be started along with defining where the zone will be sited. It is expected that, as previously announced by the government, the free zone will be developed outside of the Greater Metropolitan Area.
Promerica Group has proposed to the concessionaire of the project HKND the opening up of bank branches along the Canal and the provision of other financial services during the execution of the work.
The Production Bank, Banpro, is looking to develop a service plan appropriate to the measures and requirements of HKND Group, which would include executive support, differentiated tariffs and especially the installation of branches along the Grand Canal.
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