A complaint from the state run telecommunications company in Costa Rica has been dismissed after it argued that its competitors Claro and Movistar were using monopolistic practices in their services for international voice and data roaming.
The Superintendency of Telecommunications (Sutel) and the Commission to Promote Competition (COPROCOM) decided not to recommend any sanction against alleged monopolistic practices by Movistar and Claro, annulling the suit filed in May 2015 by the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE).
A program of "clemency" for companies that cooperate with information on anticompetitive practices in the sector is part of what is being proposed for the bill that will be analyzed in Congress.
The bill presented by the Ministry of Economy in May 2015 is being discussed in Congress, where they are working on a draft with changes to the text. The proposed leniency regime"... could include economic agents that take part in or have become involved in anticompetitive practices and who intend to cooperate with the investigations."
At the request of the Agricultural Cane League the government has extended until the end of November the investigation into alleged dumping against the sugar importer La Maquila Lama.
The as yet unresolved conflict could once again make its presence felt with the import of organic sugar on the part of the Agricultural Cane League and also the importer La Maquila Lama, who filed with the Commission to Promote Competition (COPROCOM) a complaint of alleged monopolistic practices.See: "Sugar War in Costa Rica".
Maquila Lama has denounced the Agricultural Industrial Cane League for "pressuring wholesale businesses to remove" the product that the importerdistributes.
In a statement the company Maquila Lama says that"... for several days notices have been received from stores that sell the Mr. Maximus brand of sugar, in which it was indicated that sales representatives from LAICA have come to offer better conditions such as providing credit and transportation of the product to their outlets, among other things, with the condition that they stop selling Mr. Maximo sugar on their premises. "
In Costa Rica the virtually monopolistic Industrial Sugar Cane Agricultural League is supporting a recent decree that protects blocking imports of sugar by forcing sugar fortification to be done it its place of origin.
A statement issued by the Industrial Sugarcane Agricultural League (LAICA) abounds in views on the relevance of sugar fortification -which nobody questions-, and on the supposed benefits that the company brings to the Costa Rican consumers, including " stable prices. "
Officials of the new Solis administration said that in the awarding of works "there is blatent and entrenched favoritism" that "is a disadvantage" to companies who "are not friends of anyone."
An article in Nacion.com reports that "... The chief executive of the National Institute of Housing and Urbanism (INVU), Sonia Montero Díaz denounced the existence of a 'monopoly' in the construction of houses for social welfare. "
The private sector is warning that the new law contains technical deficiencies and could harm free competition by creating different conditions for companies in the sector.
The Union of Cable Television Operators is opposing the rapid adoption of the Law on Control of Mobile Telecommunications in Prison Centers, because of a lack of consensus and consultation with the sector, the fact that it contains technical and legal gaps and could harm domestic firms through the generation of privileges and monopolies under the rule .
The company owned by Venezuela and a group of municipalities from the ruling party continue to diversify; now they sell water and finance housing projects.
The Alba business conglomerate announced through José Luis Merino, Alba Petróleos advisor and coordinator of the ruling FMLN party, that it is to add a new business to those already it established in El Salvador since it came into the country in 2006.
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.
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