Costa Rica: Businessmen Ask For Concrete Actions From Government

There are concerns related to lack of definition in key areas and the Solis administration's true implementation capacity is being questioned.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The guild of private companies has also criticized the fact that they were not included in the development of the employment strategy to be presented in the next few days by President Solis.

For example, on the subject of electricity tariffs, Mario Montero, vice president of the Costa Rican Chamber of the Food Industry (Cacia), told that "... 'there are now too many diagnoses and there are issues where political calculations should be left out of the picture, and the industry wants to participate in working groups' ... 'inaction is choking us and postponing decisions for 18 or 24 months is not acceptable.' "

The president of the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of Private Enterprise (Uccaep) Rónald Jimenez said that "... 'this government started out with good communication, aware that the private sector generates 80% of the jobs in this country and that (...) it is a national reality, there may be ups and downs in communication that is the most we are asking for them to resolve ... Jimenez added that "...After 90-days of government they are concentrated on four particular issues that concern them very much. The decree on wage increases above 4% does not reflect the fiscal commitment and will continue to open the gap between public and private employees "

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Costa Rica: More of the Same

August 2014

The initiative for a National Strategy for Employment and Production created by the new Solís administration shows that there is still a belief that public officials know how to produce wealth.


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Quo Vadis Costa Rica?

August 2014

The productive private sector is signalling a lack of dialogue and clarity as well as conflicting messages from the authorities of the new Costa Rican government, which is also proposing laws that discourage investment.

An increase of more than 4% in the salaries of public officials, lack of action over lowering the cost of energy, lifting barriers which generate legal uncertainty, and initiatives to increase the tax burden on the formal productive sectors are the issues concerning entrepreneurs in Costa Rica.

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