Costa Rican Government Keeps Going into Debt

The Andean Development Corporation approved a $500 million loan to the government of Costa Rica, which will be used to "achieve fiscal sustainability in the short and medium term.”

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Andean Development Corporation (CAF) reported that these resources will be used to obtain the benefits generated by the implementation of the Law to Strengthen Public Finances and Costa Rica's access to international markets.

The announcement of this new loan is one month after the Costa Rican Ministry of Finance reported that through an extraordinary auction, it placed $475 million in domestic debt securities in the local market.

See “Costa Rica: Government Issues $475 Million in Debt” and "More Debt, But with Economic Recovery".

From the CAF statement:

This loan will meet the country's short-term financing needs while consolidating the implementation of the Law to Strengthen Public Finances.

In order to contribute to the efforts being made by the Government of Costa Rica to consolidate a public policy that will guarantee long-term fiscal sustainability through improved management of the tax system and more efficient public spending, the Board of Directors of CAF, a Latin American development bank, approved a USD 500 million loan.

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