Regional Food Industry Hampered by Bureaucracy

Costa Rican businesses demand that "legal and procedural obstacles be eliminated", saying that these hamper trade and slow development.

Monday, July 12, 2010

At the eleventh Costa Rican Food Industry Conference, the Costa Rican Food Industry Chamber (CACIA) will present its plan for improving the sector's productivity to government authorities.

Local businesses believe that for optimal development to be possible it is necessary to acknowledge Central America as the most significant market for Costa Rican production.

Tomás Pozuelo, President of CACIA, commented that, "this conference is important because it unites the food industry sector in Costa Rica, raising awareness of the changes necessary to achieve the sector's goals such as the attraction of national investment, greater value added to exports and better paid jobs".

The event will be held the coming 20 July in the Hotel Ramada Herradura conference center from 8am.

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