Costa Rica: Efforts to Lower Interest Rates

Managers of large Costa Rican public institutions are coordinating actions with government officials and state banks.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

According to an article in, the meeting held on Monday 14 January is part of a consultation strategy that President Chinchilla is conducting in order to find the best way to control speculative capital inflows.

Alfredo Volio, chairman of the board of Banco Nacional, said: "The idea is to seek a reduction in interest rates, integrating the entire public sector for us to coordinate efforts."

The main feature of this meeting was the focus of discussion on the issue of interest rates, ignoring the exchange rate which is what had caught the attention of the government and traders in recent days.

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