President Solis has rejected the possibility of harnessing geothermal energy in national parks describing their exploitation as "unnecessary".
While discussions continue at the national roundtable on energy which will supposedly inform the government and the public of its findings in the month of March, President Solis has already ruled out the use of geothermal energy in protected areas. "... This is the second time that the Government has brought forward criterion; they did it in November, when burying the Power Contingency Act. That plan would have allowed greater private participation. "
The deputy leader of the ruling bloc has presented a bill that authorizes the state power company to exploit geothermal energy in protected areas: national parks, biological and forest reserves and wildlife refuges.
"It is nonsense, from an economic, social and environmental standpoint, that the country is rejects the use of existing stocks of geothermal resources in protected areas, like those for example in national parks or forest reserves."
A leading figure in the ruling party has introduced a bill that would allow state electricity company to produce geothermal energy in national parks or protected areas.
According to the deputy Otton Solis, member of the Citizen Action Party and sponsor of the bill, "... in the national parks there is a potential of about 350 megawatts of geothermal energy that can be harnessed, under highly rigorous environmental requirements."
Transparency in purchases made by the State is the main barrier to combating corruption of public officials and the only way to ensure fair competition between suppliers.
In all Central American countries resistance to single platforms for government procurement is headed by public officials who thrive on the old systems of administration which kept processes and decisions regarding expenditure in the dark.
Lack of clear leadership, internal chaos in the main political parties and parliamentary fragmentation are threatening Costa Rica's business climate.
Contradictory statements over the legal certainty of the project for a mega containerport in Moin ($1 billion), made by the very probable next president of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solis, and the founder of his party (Citizen Action) and deputy chief of the legislative group, Otton Solis have generated understandable alarm in the business community.
An investigation is being carried out on the impact that changing the requirements for the composition of funds could have on tax revenues.
From a press release by the Ombudsman of Costa Rica:
The Ombudsman is investigating a decision by the National Financial System Supervision Council (Conassif) to amend the requirements for the composition of an investment fund changing from having an obligation to have 50 people to having only two natural or legal representatives for its creation.
Panelists included the ex-president of Honduras, Ricardo Maduro, Nicaraguan Ambassador to the US, Arturo Cruz, ex-presidential candidate in Costa Rica, Otton Solis. Luis Cosenza moderated the forum. He was Maduro's right hand man during his administration.
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