Costa Rica's Arias achieves positive ratings in opinion poll

As President Oscar Arias nears the halfway mark of his four-year administration, 44 percent of those questioned in an opinion poll rated his performance as "good".

Monday, April 28, 2008

A further 42 percent rated the Arias presidency as "regular", while only 13 percent described it as bad, according to a Demoscopía poll for the newspaper Al Día.
In a similar poll taken last July, 38.6 percent of respondents rated the Arias presidency as good while 14.4 percent said it was bad. In the current poll, 57.6 percent of respondents said Arias was keeping to his election promises and 62.5 percent gave a positive rating to his management of the nation's economic resources.

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Corruption as a Habit

October 2017

Proportion of people who have paid a bribe in the last year to access a public service: in Panama 38%, in Honduras 33%, in El Salvador 31%, in Nicaragua 30%, in Guatemala 28% and in Costa Rica, 24%.


The report "People and Corruption: Latin America and the Caribbean", prepared by Transparency International, shows how inhabitants of Latin American countries have got used to corruption: from the scandalous cases at the highest political level to under the table payments which are made on a daily basis when carrying out procedures as simple as requesting medical care in a public hospital or obtaining a document from a public office.

Panama: Call for Flexibility in FATF Requirements

October 2015

The business sector recognizes the need to implement the standards required to be removed from the gray list, but is calling for flexibility so that businesses are not harmed.

Without calling into question the need for the country to implement and enforce the rules on transparency, financial sector companies are insisting that authorities provide them with greater flexibility in order to minimize the impact the changes will have on their businesses.

Qatar, Costa Rica, Petroleum, Investment

January 2010

Oscar Arias and Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani had met during the previous UN assembly. Now they'll meet again in Guanacaste.

They will sign agreements for tourism and culture as well as a memorandum of understanding for political consultation.

Going beyond, it is clear that Costa Rica, a net importer of petroleum, does not have in Venezuela, its natural supplier, a stable trading partner.

Costa Rica Will Recognize Honduran Elections

November 2009

President Oscar Arias, who mediated in the Honduran political crisis, assured he will recognize the outcome of the upcoming elections.

In an interview with CNN on Friday, Arias stated he would recognize the result of Sunday's elections, given they develop without incidents.

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