Laura Chinchilla will head an administration that will continue Oscar Arias’ work, although with differences due to her distinct personality.
An inspection of her cabinet leaves no doubt that Chinchilla will assume continuity policies. Some of its ministers belonged to Arias’. Others served with Figueres Olsen in 1994-1998, and many are very close to her.
The accord previously announced by the Executive, meant to free several bands of the radio spectrum, is being blocked by bureaucratic obstacles.
If this agreement, negotiated by the Executive and the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (current holder of the telecomm monopoly in Costa Rica), is not enacted, President Oscar Arias cannot order the Telecomm Superintendence to start auctioning the frequencies.
A mixed committee was formed for suggesting the most convenient alternative for digital television in Costa Rica.
It will be composed by the Telecommunications vice minister, representatives from Camtic (Chamber of Information and Communication Technologies), a delegate from Veritas University and a representative from the state's Tertiary Education Institutions.
Approximately 40% of coffee plantations in Costa Rica are more than 20 years old, which diminishes its productivity. Renewing 35.000 hectares means replacing some 17 million plants, project that will take 10 years.
When it declared a National Emergency, the government of Costa Rica estimated that there were $100 million in damages caused by Thursday's quake.
Nacion.com reports on the press conferences and indicates that "just in damages to road infrastructure the figure was estimated to be $15 million by Minister of Public Works and Transport, Karla Gonzalez.
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Grupo ICE, composed of the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) and its subsidiaries Radiográfica Costarricense (RACSA) and Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz (CNFL), joined the Chamber of Information and Communication Technologies of Costa Rica (CAMTIC) as a strategic partner since June 2009.