The Calleja Group has said it will invest $60 million in new supermarkets branches and a meat processing plant.
The company expects to grow by 5% in 2014, and to achieve this, it plans to invest $30 million this year and another $30 million in 2015 in the opening of eight new stores and an industrial meat processing plant.
In 2013 the country received $1.5 billion in FDI, the largest amount in seven years.
During 2013 FDI grew by 16.8% compared to the amount reported in 2012. In the last seven years, foreign investment has grown significantly, rising from $282 million in 2006 to $1.5 billion in 2013, equivalent to a growth of 431%.
The region must develop a comprehensive vision in order to ensure the productivity of resources for investment in infrastructure, including in the public and private sector, and one which is long term.
A statement from the CAF reads:
Under the premise that quality infrastructure is a key factor for the development of more inclusive and competitive societies, the CAF - Development Bank of Latin America- presented in the Iberomamerican summit of Heads of State in the city of Panama a diagnostic document entitled Ideal: Infrastructure in the the Development of Latin America.
A review by the OECD of Costa Rica's investment policy points out success and includes recommendations to improve critical aspects.
A statement from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reads:
Costa Rica signs OECD agreement to boost investment
Costa Rica has now become the 45th country to join the international investment instrument of the OECD, aimed at helping the country attract more and better foreign investment and promote responsible business conduct.
During the first quarter of 2013, foreign direct investment totaled $440.8 million, and if this pace is kept up, the year could close at $1.5 billion.
According to data from ProNicaragua, the sector which contributed the most was industry with $131.6 million and growth of 143% compared to the same period in 2012, followed by the financial sector with $96.5 million and an increase of 36% as well as trade and services with $83.4 million and an increase of 151%. The telecommunications and energy sectors, which are often the biggest contributors, contributed $54.8 and $19.2 million respectively.
During the first six months of 2013 there was a total of 215,000 m2 in construction of logistics parks, where there are already more than 539,000 m2 and an available area of 106,000 m2.
An Industrial Market Report for the first half 2013 prepared by the firm CBRE Panama reflects an increase in the construction of logistics parks mainly in the East periphery with 115,803 m2 under construction and 218.182 m2 already constructed, areas which are near Tocumen Airport and which are very accessible to the main location of the projects.
The multinational plans to change the working culture by implementing a "role models and flexible schedules based on achievement of specific objectives."
Fabricio Kaplan Vice President of Human Resources at Unilever Central America, the Caribbean and Andean, explained in an interview conducted by Humberto Galo for Laprensa.com.ni that they are using in Nicaragua a new form of work already deployed in Colombia which "aims to change the work culture by implementing role models and flexible schedules based on achievement of specific objectives. "
With strong preference for the vicinity of Tocumen Airport, in 2012 Panama's logistics industry totaled $200 million in investment in new facilities.
Capital.com.pa reports that "according to the Industrial Market Report prepared by the firm CBRE Global Research and Consulting for 2012, the increase of logistics parks and booming growth for such projects, especially with Class A facilities, has allowed those building to improve product delivery and offer advantageous prices for companies on the look out in these areas. "
The transnational solar company Isofoton has signed a letter of intent for a photovoltaic power project in the country's south with the Honduran government.
As noted in an article in Elheraldo.hn, if the project's feasibility is established, investment could reach up to $200 million in the plant to generate electricity using solar technology to produce 50MW.
Railways, an industrial park, port terminals, and roads are concrete investment projects that will be presented during the next Guatemala Investment Summit 2013.
The National Alliance for the Development of Economic Infrastructure (ANADIE by its initials in Spanish) is preparing a series of infrastructure projects that will be presented during the 2013-Guatemala Investment Summit organized by the Chamber of Industry (CIG by its initials in Spanish) for next May, with the expectation of attracting over U.S. $1.3 billion in investments this year.
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