Controversy in the Business Union Continues

In accordance with the decision taken by the Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the banana growers' union in Costa Rica decided to leave UCCAEP, after having been affiliated for more than 30 years.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Last week, when it was reported that the trade and industry guilds had left, the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of the Private Business Sector (UCCAEP) called on them to reconsider their positions, but so far there is no sign of an improvement in relations.

Given this scenario, the board of directors of the National Chamber of Banana also agreed to leave the UCCAEP, a decision that was communicated on October 29.

Jorge Osborne, president of the group of trading companies such as Dole, Chiquita and Del Monte, told Nacion.com that the banana growers' guild "... wants a change of direction, a readjustment that allows them to reconcile differences."

Osborne added that "... There are chambers that complain that they are not adequately represented and we have had some failures, but I do understand that there are other chambers that feel less represented and have expressed it."

Gonzalo Delgado, president of the UCCAEP, explained that "... we are sure that the positions that unite us are more than the differences that may exist within the private sector, as we expressed last week, we recognize the value of the organizations that continue within the Union of Chambers, as well as those that have decided to move away."

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