Aseguradora Mundial Authorized in Costa Rica

The Panamanian insurer, owned by regional conglomerate Grupo Mundial, would operate in Costa Rica in 4 months.

Monday, July 13, 2009

As the insurance market opens in Costa Rica, Sociedad Aseguradora Mundial S.A. is the first foreign capital company to be authorized by the Pensions Superintendence (Supen, spanish acronym) to compete with the state's "Instituto Nacional de Seguros" and "Sociedad de Seguros del Magisterio" the first Costa Rican competitor.

According to, Pensions Superintendent Javier Cascante said: "The authorization granted to Aseguradora Mundial S.A. does not imply its immediate operation, nor its ability to offer products to the public, as this will only be possible once it complies with all the legal requirements, such as presenting an operations plan, depositing a minimum capital in the Costa Rica Central Bank, and complying with minimal infrastructure and technological security conditions."

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September 2008

In the next 18 months the current Pension Superintendent, Javier Cascante, will be responsible for the opening of the market. He already has two laws and two set of regulations in his favor.

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