Very few infrastructure projects are announced for this year, despite the lack of adequate roads.
The Deputy Minister of Public Works and Concessions said it expects to invite tenders this year for overpasses in Paso Ancho and Garantías Sociales as well as the construction of a four lane avenue between Universal (Sabana) and Numar (Barrio Cuba).
Municipalities in Costa Rica estimate that adoption of the regulations being prepared by the executive branch could accelerate the suspension of the moratorium in July.
The moratorium on generating energy from solid waste imposed by the government on July 11 could be lifted in late August, according to estimates by the National Association of Mayors and City Councils.
In order to resolve the current collapse in the system for product registrations at the Ministry of Health, an affidavit may be transiently presented as a proof of compliance with the requirements and the certificate of origin.
"... On 30 May there were 2,633 products waiting for the appropriate authorization to enable their commercialisation.
The healthy resistance of companies against abuses of bureaucracy, has generated an unusual and also healthy reaction from the new authorities who are quickly adopting decisions which reduce paperwork.
The Government's decision has set a healthy precedent. The Ministry of Health has announced that it has replaced the obsolete regulations and lengthy formalities for registration of natural products, supplements and foods, with three requirements which must be submitted: "An affidavit where the company assures the characteristics of the product and meets the standards of the General Health Law, on labeling and a certificate of free sale or a health permit, depending on the origin of manufacture." With this it has been found that the state can fulfill its role of protecting the safety of citizens and at the same time establish a legal framework that is friendly to investment.
Importers are complaining that the "Regístrelo" (RegisterIt) digital system is malfunctioning, and that it is not possible to carry out the steps manually, generating delays of up to five months in these processes.
Although the official announcement of the implementation of the new platform emphasized that one of the benefits was the reduction of timeframes, the import sector is criticizing delays of up to five months in processing health records granted by the Ministry of Health. Added to this is the fact that the system was made obligatory, there was not a period for improvements and now there are no other official instruments to use to register products.
The World Bank will provide the Costa Rican Social Security Department with a loan to implement digital systems and financial management.
From a statement issued by the World Bank:
WASHINGTON, March 15, 2016 - The Executive Directors of the World Bank (WB) has approved a loan of $420 million in support of the Strategic Agenda for Strengthening Health Insurance of the Costa Rican Social Security Department (CCSS), with the aim of improving the availability and quality of health care and strengthening institutional efficiency.
The cost and time to transport containers at the terminal are not competitive with other ports in Central America.
While moving a container in Puerto Cortés costs about $2,308, other ports in the region charge more competitive rates, such as Manzanillo, Panama ($665), Quetzal, Guatemala ($977), Limon, Costa Rica ($1,020), Acajutla , El Salvador ($1,040), Corinto, Nicaragua ($1,140), and Santo Tomas, Guatemala ($1,450).
In order to stabilize prices the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food has initiated proceedings to enable the import of eggs from the United States.
According to Economy Minister Sergio de la Torre, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food (MAGA) has developed phytosanitary protocols to allow the importation of eggs, in order to stabilize product prices. "The protocol will entitle the MAGA to make appropriate revisions of farms interested in exporting the product to Guatemala, but they will have to satisfy the health requirements," he explained.
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