Excessive State Intervention in the Economy

In Costa Rica the Solis administration intends to keep the current pricing scheme for rice, ignoring technical criteria, and without applying any valid economic justification.

Monday, March 13, 2017


Although a technical study commissioned by the Ministry of Economy itself said that the current regulatory pricing scheme does nothing to improve the productivity of rice farmers or to lower final prices, the government of Luis Guillermo Solis insists on maintaining a practice which favors a few, blocks competition on an equal footing and hurts consumers.

From a statement issued by the Chamber of Commerce:

March 10, 2017. The Chamber of Commerce in Costa Rica wishes to express its concern and total dissatisfaction with the pricing for milled rice and the proposed reform of Article 10 of Executive Decree No. 38884-MEIC of February 24 2015; reformed by Executive Decree No.39889- MEIC of July 22 2016, subject to public consultation in recent days by the Ministry.

Our arguments are based precisely on a study commissioned by the ministry itself from the Institute for Research in Economic Science at the University of Costa Rica, in which the following reasons, among others, are concluded:

• The current pricing scheme still does not take into account various aspects of the reality of both domestic and international markets.

• The pricing of rice is not contributing to important policy objectives such as increasing productivity and improving the conditions of access for consumers.

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