The final bill of law required for Costa Rica to join CAFTA was approved this morning at the Legislative Assembly.
Reforms on copyright matters, the last of twelve initiatives included on the CAFTA implementation Agenda, received the second and final approval, with the 38 votes of the G-38, an alliance comprised of PLN, the Libertarian Movement, PUSC and independent assemblymen. The 11 PAC assemblymen voted against the law.
The assembly has received two bills to standardize and regulate citizens’ data protection rights.
The proposals from opposition political party ARENA seek to control the unrestricted sale of personal data.
“Roberto d’Aubuisson, the ARENA congressman who submitted the bills, says that a law of their kind will just be complying with article 2 of the country’s constitution, which relates to people’s individual rights,” reports Laprensagrafica.com.
The bill to be discussed in the Assembly proposes removing the changes that were made during the Martinelli administration that were intended to streamline and simplify procurement processes.
The draft law which will be discussed by the National Assembly in a first debate, proposes eliminating, among other things, procedures for abbreviated and best value procurements, and increasing funds for appeals.
A Special Cabinet Council approved a bill revoking Law 8 of February 11, 2011, which amends the Mining Code.
The reform, which is now no longer in effect, had intended to boost the exploitation of mining resources in Panama by, among other things, allowing foreign governments to become shareholders in mining companies.
A bill proposes extending to the agribusiness sector the incentives outlined in Law 28, such as exemption from export tax and import of raw materials.
From a statement issued by from the National Assembly:
Extending the benefits of Law 28 of 1995 on the organization of production incentives, better known by its initals (in Spanish) ROI, was proposed through a bill put forward by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
A bill introduced in the Guatemalan Congress seeks to reform mining regulations for exploring and exploiting minerals, increasing royalties paid to the government.
The proposed law applies to all forms of mining conducted in the country
Congresswoman De Frade stated that “the bill seeks to establish how mining royalties will be distributed”, reported Prensalibre.com.
Six approved projects include the most positive elements of the replaced Law 30.
These 6 projects deal with topics such as: aviation, environment, labor, criminal code, public procurement reforms and police law reform. Ministers from, public safety, finance, economy and labor were authorized by the Cabinet to present the projects separately.
In turn, President Ricardo Martinelli said that "the outcome of the dialogue shows that whenever we put the people's interests ahead of personal and political interests, we can reach agreements which benefit the country. The six (6) approved projects contain the most positive elements of the surrogated law and the amendments adopted enrich and improve it. "
A draft bill submitted for consultation to employers by the government of El Salvador, proposes a charge of 0.5% on the assets of foreign investors.
An article in Elsalvador.com reports that "The Government plans to charge a "premium" of 0.5% on total investment assets to entrepreneurs who arrive in the country attracted by the newly proposed law on legal stability, according to a draft by the Secretariat sent to the Chairman of the National Association of Private Enterprise (ANEP) a few months ago.
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