The CEO of the multinational confirmed that the closure of the plant did not respond to reasons of global strategy but to the high operating costs in the country.
An article in Crhoy.com reports that in a presentation for employees of the company, the executive director of Intel, Brian Krzanich said that "the decision in Costa Rica was not part of plans to reduce the company's overall payroll but 'had more to do with the cost of this operation, the long-term operational cost of the plant. We spent several years working with the Government of Costa Rica, trying to reduce the overall cost of this operation.'"
ProNicaragua, the official investment and export promoter of the Government of Nicaragua, will be organizing the first Central American summit on outsourcingservices entitled 'Central American Nearshore Summit 2013, which will bring together 150 participants from the U.S. and Latin America in this sector.
From 23 to July 26 Latin American telecommunications executives will meet in Panama to discuss how to close the digital divide in the region.
From a press release by the Telecommunications Congress:
Ministers from governments and regulating authorities, CEO's of telecommunications companies, innovators and executives from the private sector, academic experts and representatives from international organizations will participate in a high level meeting related to the XXIII Latin American Summit of Heads of State and Government , which will analyze the challenges facing Latin America and the Caribbean in closing the digital divide by 2020.
Driven by exports from free zones and stable prices, the country's growth has exceeded all expectations.
The main exports were from the electronics industry, represented mainly by Intel. Foreign sales from this sector increased by 43% in the first 6 months of 2012 compared with the same period last year, and contributed more than 25% to the total export growth.
With an investment of $ 8 million, the transnational opened a Center in the Belen area.
The new Engineering Development Center (IDC), comprising of 300 engineers and technicians in systems designs, develops and tests company hardware and software.
Nacion.com reported statements of the general manager of Intel in Costa Rica, Michael Forrest, "Intel Costa Rica expects for the Center to continue growing in both number of engineers and technicians as well as complexity of tasks".
The company moved this operation to factories in Asia, because it wants to concentrate its Costa Rican facility in the production of server microprocessors.
The chipset assembly plant had been installed in Costa Rica in 2003, adding to a server production facility and a distribution center. Intel already has chipset plants in Malaysia and China.
The article by Juan Fernando Lara, from Nacion.com, reported that corporate affairs manager for Intel Costa Rica, Karla White, said: "The process of taking chipsets from Costa Rica responds to increased demand among corporate server customers. There is growing awareness in the world that new technologies offer increased energy efficiency and data processing, which increases demand in the server market for data centers".
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