Demand For Better Port Infrastructure

The Costa Rican Chamber of Construction says urgent investment in port infrastructure is needed and that it supports the new Container Terminal at Moin.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A statement from the Costa Rican Chamber of Construction (CCC) reads:

The Costa Rican Chamber of Construction (CCC) would like to draw attention to improvements that the country needs to make in port infrastructure, because the lack of investment that has been made is taking a toll on all Costa Ricans.

Recent data from the "The Global Competitiveness Report", ranks Costa Rica in position 137 out of 142 countries in relation to port quality.

The president of the CCC, Mr. Gonzalo Delgado explained that "these figures are alarming, because nations like Bolivia, which does not have any ports, surpass us in the rankings. The loss of competitiveness and the increasingly difficult task of attracting investment to our country are the main consequences of this deterioration, which is becoming increasingly notorious."

Delgado added that "the country needs investment in ports urgently, for the future welfare of all citizens."

The CCC therefore supports the construction and operation of the new Moin Container Terminal, which will promote the development of the province of Limon, but above all, of our country.



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January 2011

The labor union of the Caribbean ports of Costa Rica re-elected directors which are radically opposed to concession the ports to private investors.

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