Credit to SMEs Not Growing in Costa Rica

In the first half of 2012 the volume of loans to micro, small and medium enterprises reached ¢243,000 million ($485 million) in the first half of 2012.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The figure represents an increase of just 1.36% compared to the same period in 2011, lower than the inflation rate, and 39% of the projections of the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Trade for all of 2012.

Danilo Montero, director of the Costa Rican Association for Development Organizations, said companies are asking for fewer loans because of high interest rates, government paperwork, long waiting times and the need for collateral.

"One must also consider that domestic economic activity, which is the main market for SMEs, has not been as dynamic as the external market, so many SMEs have not needed to borrow", said Pedro Morales, adviser on industrial policy and SME’s at the Chamber of Industries to

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