Complicated Panorama for Road Works

In Costa Rica, six out of eight banks are opposed to the possibility of lending the $35 million required to finance technical studies for a new highway between San José and San Ramón.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 reports that "... Since November 29, the Bank of Costa Rica, administrator of the trust for the highway, knocked on the doors of Banco Nacional, BAC San José, Davivienda, Banco Internacional de Costa Rica (BICSA), the Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID) and Instituto Nacional de Seguros (INS) to raise the money. However, those institutions rejected the request for different reasons."

This road project, whose management trust was awarded to the BCR last year, consists of the construction of 60 kilometers in three sections of 1.6, 12.6 and 41 kilometers each, with three, four and two lanes in each direction, respectively. See "Details of the San José - San Ramón highway"

The obstacle that this project now faces is the lack of resources to "... initiate technical, economic and financial studies, manage environmental permits, execute expropriations and relocate settlements. This preinvestment process could take 37 months, according to BCR estimates."

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