Nicaragua: State of the Free Trade Zone Regime

173 companies operating in 48 industrial parks using the free zone format, in three years increased the total number of square meters used by 33%.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

An estimated $300 million has been invested between January and November 2015 by companies operating under the free zone incentive scheme, which are focused on the textile industry mainly in the manufacture of harnesses, production of tobacco and more recently, services such as call centers.

"... Alvaro Baltodano, technical secretary of the National Commission of Free Zones (CNZF) and presidential delegate for investments, said that in recent years the free zone regime has been promoting economic development. 'The challenge going forward will be to design new strategies and one of them is to vertically diversify the textile industry, promoting development of production chains.' "

Baltodano said in an article on that "... the aim is to diversify economic activities entering international markets with a variety of agribusiness products, 'because our country provides the right conditions for their development, [products] such as shrimp, ornamental plants, among other things. Also, expanding into new business opportunities in the auto parts, medical products and footwear, among other 'sector. "

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