While the government makes further assessments over joining the bloc, the agribusiness sectors is emphasizing the negative consequences of any renegotiation over tariffs.
Representatives from the agricultural sector argue that the country's entry into the Pacific Alliance will mean "... losing some of the conditions achieved in existing free trade agreements." Currently "...
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.
The Costa Rican government will try a second time to renegotiate the terms of the free trade agreement with Canada to include services in the list of sectors with preferences.
The FTA was signed 12 years ago, therefore the government of Costa Rica considers it necessary to revise and update it with the idea of emulating the models of recent agreements made with Europe and other countries.
Last year at least 82 IT companies lost a total of $72 million because they lack some 2,300 computer technicians and professionals.
This data comes from a diagnosis done by the Chamber of Information Technology and Communication (Camtic), with support from universities, in order to know the panorama and to provide proposals that will improve it.
For example, the creation of a national plan for technological formation, an innovation center and an agency specialized in IT, to name a few.
The nation's fiscal situation is one of the biggest problems the new governemt will face, according to an economic analysis done by Carlos Acevedo, an economist from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP); Roberto Rubio, executive director of the National Foundation for Development; and economist Alex Segovia.
The Chamber of Information and Communication Technologies (CAMTIC for its acronym in Spanish) is a nonprofit private trade organization for IT companies representative in Costa Rica & Central America.
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