Costa Rica: Bill on Dollarization

The Libertarian Movement Party has again presented an initiative to establish the dollar as the only currency, in order to avoid, among other problems, the negative effects of exchange rate fluctuations.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The bill to be submitted for discussion in the Legislature provides, among other things, that "... the legal tender will also be the dollar and that 'acts, contracts and obligations under any other legal currency, abroad, will be valid, effective and enforceable in the contracted currency, even if payment must be done through the courts. '"

An analyst from the CATO Institute, Juan Carlos Hidalgo, told that "... the possibility of dollarization of the economy looks favorable, because Costa Rica is a 'small open' country, so it is not convenient to have an unstable currency such as the colon. "

Deputy Otto Guevara, one of the signers of the initiative, said that "... changing the currency is relevant because of exchange rate fluctuations of colon and the 'secret' interventions by the central bank, leaving in question the management of the entity in control of the price of the dollar. "

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