Poor public services put brakes on investment, say Costa Rican business leaders

Business leaders in Costa Rica say that big delays in public works are putting a brake on their investment plans.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

"Because of the problems with public transport, we've had to lay our own transport for workers. That adds to costs but it's the only way to make sure they get to work on time," said Christian Rodríguez, vice-president for operations of Western Union in Costa Rica.

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