"In 2001, Costa Rica was near the top of the list of countries with the best connections together with powers such as South Korea".
Now, the State of the Internet report, by Akamai Technologies, reveals that from 2014 to 2015, Costa Rica continued to lose position in the global ranking of average connection speed, and from a poor 94th place has become worse, listed at 102, according to an article on Nacion.com
What is Costa Rica's actual position in the world in terms of environmental quality? Is it in fifth place as established two years ago by Yale University, or 54th as it has now been assigned by the same "scholars" ?
A country can not in two years jump from 5th place to 54th place in the world in terms of environmental quality, as happened to Costa Rica according to the Environmental Performance Index from Yale University. Because there is such an excessive difference, one result invalidates the other and ridicules those who sign these reports and the institution that pays them for their work.
In terms of how modern the infrastructure for air transport is, Panama leads the field, followed distantly by Costa Rica.
"None of the airports in Central America comes close to knocking Tocumen off its number one position in the ranking by Skytrax, nor the ranking by the World Economic Forum. The latter measures the quality of infrastructure for air travel in the country , where Panama climbed from 38th place in 2007 to last year reach the prestigious position of sixth place," reported Elsalvador.com.
The region received a combined total of $8.876 billion in FDI in 2012, representing an increase of 7% compared to 2011.
Panama remained the largest recipient of foreign investment, with $3.020 billion, followed by Costa Rica with $2.265 billion, Guatemala ($1.207 billion), Honduras ($1.059 billion), Nicaragua ($810 million) and finally El Salvador with $516 million.
Leading Latin America, the ports of Colon and Balboa have the largest volume of containers moved, with Santos of Brazil in third place.
Of the 20 major ports in Latin America, Colon (MIT, Evergreen and Cristóbal) was placed first with 3.3 million TEUs or 20 foot long containers mobilized in 2011, followed by Balboa with 3.2 million and Santos (Brazil) 2.9 million, reported Prensa.com.
According to the UN Development Program (UNDP) index, within Central America Panama comes first at no. 58 followed by Costa Rica (69), El Salvador (105), Honduras (121), Nicaragua (129) and Guatemala at no. 131.
While Panama's ranking has moved up one spot since the last time the UNDP Human Development Index (HDI) was published, Costa Rica and Honduras have slipped back a place.
The problem is how to make the measurements objective and how to measure without succumbing to the pressure generated by the expectation of inclusion in the rankings of companies with the best working environments.
The Great Place to Work Institute has managed to convince companies that a good working environment is beneficial and brings good results and because of this many are working seriously to improve theirs. In order to get the best results from this effort, we must bear in mind the risks of the inevitable pressure to achieve a good grade which may result in disruption of the measurement results.
Panama is ranked number 7 in the list of the 48 most attractive cities for investment in Latin America.
San Jose, Costa Rica is ranked 23rd, Guatemala City is 37th, Tegucigalpa is 41st, Managua is 43rd, San Salvador is 44th, and San Pedro Sula is 46th.
This is the second edition of the ranking of the most attractive cities in Latin America for investment, which is a product of joint work by the Center for Competitive Thinking Strategies (CEPEC) at the Universidad del Rosario in Colombia and the Chilean firm Business Intelligence (IdN). It identifies the cities in the Latin American region which bring together the best conditions for investment.
Panama is the only Central American country participating in the International Student Assessment (PISA).
The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) is to measure if students near the end of mandatory education have acquired the knowledge and skills necessary to fully participate in society. PISA highlights those countries which have achieved good performance and at the same time, an equitable distribution of learning opportunities, helping in setting ambitious goals for other countries.
No Central American country comes to "green" in the Corruption Index 2010, representing serious problems for businesses.
Costa Rica is the best positioned country in the Central American Index 2010 Corruption Perceptions Index, reports produced by Transparency International. With an index of 5.3, Costa Rica is ranked 41 in a list of 176 countries, led by Denmark and New Zealand as nations where there is less corruption in government, and Myanmar and Somalia at the end of the list as most corrupt.
A recipe that mixes statistical data, reasoned argumentation and good intentions, ends in an absurd list of more or less pacific countries.
The industry of producing Indexes and Rankings, which at times provides useful information for business decision making, turns out real absurdities more often than not.
The Global Peace Index (GPI), developed by The Economist Intelligence Unit and the Institute for Economics and Peace, is a good example of this. It is based on the questionable premise that peace has a monetary value, as an economy can reach its maximum productive capacity under states of peace. It mixes, relates and weights statistical data provided by various international agencies to produce a figure that measures – according to its authors – how peaceful is each of these nations when compared to others. Its creators allege the number must be used to conduct strategic business analysis (“Using the Global Peace Index for Strategic Business Analysis”).