Foreign investment falls 28% in Costa Rica

Foreign direct investment (FDI), which for years has helped finance Costa Rica's current account deficit, fell by 28 percent in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2007.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Central Bank figures show that lst year FDI was equal to 1.2 times the current account deficit in the balance of payments.
Now it looks as though economic conditions in the number one foreign investor nation, the United States, will result in a reduction in FDI.
The situation is even worse because the current accounts in the nation are deteriorating as exports fall and the cost of oil imports rises.



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