Cement: Six Months for a Technical Regulation!!

In Costa Rica merely updating Technical Regulations on Cement takes an amount of time that is incompatible with the urgency of an economy in decline.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


In recent statements outlined in Ameliarueda.com, the Minister of Economy, Industry and Trade, Welmer Ramos explains that "... a commission is working on the analysis of the current rules to define which elements are to be updated and which have to change to ensure best standards for the material entering and being sold in the country. "

It goes without saying that cement is the main raw material for construction, an industry characterized by the impact it has on the rest of the economy. In Costa Rica the announcement of the authorization of the sale of cement coming from China caused great expectations as it implied a substantial reduction in prices. And of course the companies that have so far exercised a duopoly in the cement market raised alarm bells about the quality of the product.

From all this clamour, one thing has been made clear: the political decision to allow the use of Chinese cement has been taken, and what remains is to for the technical regulations governing its marketing and use to be updated.

But now, the very same minister who on taking office said that one of his main objectives would be to fight against bureaucracy, admits that six months is the timeframe for updating these regulations.

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