Although the Minister of Public Works had demonstrated his confidence that there would not be increased costs in the road project to be built by the Chinese company CHEC, an announcement has now been made that there will be increases and they will be "substantial".
An article in Nacion.com reports that "...Confidence in "Chinese honor" and a personal guarantee that the Asians would not raise the cost of extending Route 32 (to Limon), only lasted two months for Transport Minister Carlos Segnini. "
The government has announced the opening of a consulate in Shanghai and other efforts to open others in cities where there is high purchasing power in an effort to attract people to the Costa Rican tourism sector.
From a statement issued by the Government of Costa Rica:
The state run firm Recope has affirmed the need to build a refinery with the Chinese, citing the existence of a contract which is already being run.
Instead of focusing on strategies for renewable energy generation and opening up the energy market in the country, the authorities of the Costa Rican Oil Refinery insist on building an oil refinery, using funds from the Chinese government.
The extension of the road to Limon and the construction of a refinery in Moin, both to be funded by the Chinese government, will be renegotiated by the Solis administration.
Two major projects in infrastructure which began under the Chinchilla administration are now being analyzed by the government of Solis, due to the criticism against the conditions imposed by the Chinese government for the provision of the $395 million for the expansion of the road from San Jose to Limon.
The delay in the approval of the Chinese loan for the construction of the road to Limón suggests the need to consider other options.
The Government of China has set December 31 as the deadline to maintain the conditions of $395 million loan offered to build the road to Limon, but the Legislature could take up to April 30, 2014 to discuss it.
Two mobile scanners for inspecting containers, with a value of $6 million, have been abandoned and left to deteriorate outside for three years.
Now the manufacturer, the Chinese company Nuctech, will be responsible for repairing and maintaining the two X-ray machines which are valued at $6 million and were donated by their Government and which have been damaged after being abandoned for three years.
71 steps for the establishment of foreign companies in the Asian nation have been eliminated, while another 20 have been delegated to the central government.
The State Council (government) of China has announced that it will simplify administrative procedures, among which is the reduction of paperwork for foreign businessmen to set up their companies in the country.
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