Costa Rica will give priority to reforming free zones

During the first quarter, the Ministry of Foreign Trade (Comex) will send the bill to the Assembly in hopes of getting it passed during the first quarter of the year.

Monday, January 5, 2009

According to, "the objective is to guarantee that companies remain in the country, to encourage them to reinvest and to have a clear legal framework to attract new companies.

The reform bill will also be used to include some type of general incentive for local investments, said the Minister of Comex, Marco Vinicio Ruiz.

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There is concern about the incentives to be received after 2015 when benefits expire according to World Commerce Organization provisions.

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