Costa Rica: State of the Union XVII

"The country has entered a new and more dangerous phase, a clear erosion of some of the most precious historical advantages of human development."

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Synopsis of the Seventeenth Report of the Nation on Sustainable Human Development:

When examined closely, 2010, a year without dramatic events, seemingly calm, reveals the seriousness of the problems experienced by human development in Costa Rica. At first glance it was a year marked by economic, social and political normality: the economy grew moderately, albeit with significant deficits, there was no large-scale social conflicts, increased social investment and also citizens elected a national government and local authorities in two free and fair elections, without incidents or concerns about the results. Even with a deteriorating public security situation, strongly influenced by the regional geopolitics of drugs, the country remains the safest in Central America and attracts a considerable flow of foreign direct investment. Furthermore, it overcame the economic crisis of 2008-2009 without serious setbacks.

Beneath the calm, however, storms are being incubated. When starting the second decade of the century, the country is experiencing a time of infelction, marked by the institutional deterioration and lack of adaptation by the political system to respond with the effective delivery to the population of a greater and more equitable social welfare, economic and environmental situation. It is undeniable that the pace of human development in Costa Rica has lost its way, not only in relation to the most advanced societies but even more worrisome, in relation to emerging nations, some located in Latin America such as Brazil or Chile. It will depend on how they face these problems whether the country enters a new phase of progress, or a prolonged stagnation and even decline.



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