Exports of some products increased despite the crisis: meat, melon, fruit purée, fruit concentrates, fruit juices and medical devices.
Even though Costa Rican exports diminished 14.2% in the first semester of 2009 when compared to the same period of the same year, some sectors of the economy remained stable, and some even registered increases.
The Government sent a bill that would force local industries to buy national beans.
According to what Marvin Barquero reported in his article in Nacion.com, the bill sent by the Executive branch to the Costa Rican Legislative Assembly contains clauses that will protect local bean production.
Denouncing sanitary risks and a lack of quality control in Chinese production, they are asking for the adoption of a Partial Agreement Accord and not a FTA.
Executives from diverse business chambers exchanged strong words in the discussion on this issue. In a press conference where the presidents of various industry chambers were present, including from the Cámara de Industrias de Costa Rica (CICR), Cámara Costarricense de la Industria Alimentaria (CACIA), Asociación Costarricense de la Industria Plástica, Asociación de la Metalurgia, and Asociación de la Industria Gráfica, “they denounced that the Department of Foreign Trade (Comex) did not address their requests or concerns despite that they have made their concerns known on various occasions."