Costa Rica bets on new markets

Authorities in charge of foreign trade say that "a lot of creativity" will be needed to increase sales.

Thursday, February 5, 2009 reports that "Markets in China, Cuba, Nicaragua and Panama are the new bets for Costa Rican exports...

This is according to the general manager of the Foreign Trade Promoter of Costa Rica (Procomer), Emmanuel Hess, who, along with the minister of foreign trade, Marco Vinicio Ruiz, present the 2009 working plan to the press..."

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In the last year, this region imported $16.500 million, out of which Costa Rica only captured 0.3% ($50 million) according to data from Procomer, the exports promotion agency.

Emmanuel Hess, Procomer manager, told "We want to redirect our supply of high value food products to cities with high purchasing power in the United States".

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$5 billion were exported from January to July, 13.3% less than the same period of 2008.

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Costa Rica to revise export target

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Costa Rica is going to revise its export target before this month is out, Foreign Trade Minister Marco Vinicio Ruiz announced.

The target was set at the beginning of the present administration but since then sales of industry and agriculture have slowed down. Melon producers, in particular, have been severely hit by bad weather.

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