Securitization Trusts

This form of funding appears to be the most feasible for large public infrastructure works.

Monday, May 4, 2009

The limitations of the state budget to address infrastructure projects require the assistance of private capital, and the securitization trust model is being adopted by Costa Rican public institutions to finance these works.

There are 11 projects in various stages of the formation process of securitization trusts in various sectors such as energy, telecommunications, health, and education.

The article by Stephen Ramírez Castro in stated that "behind the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) - a pioneer in the use of this mechanism, entities such as the Ministry of Finance, the Costa Rican Social Security Fund and the University of Costa Rica, among others, are lining up. The collection of all the business plans that doing the due diligence required to activate the mechanism, sum over $2 billion in investments, to be implemented over the next five years. "

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Trusts Still Stuck in Costa Rica

January 2011

The new regulations for the operation of public work trusts contains provisions which make the process too cumbersome.

Meanwhile, only in Banco Nacional (BN) and Costa Rica (BCR), projects which are held up due to approval for funding through trusts reaches $ 2,760 million. The projects being held up are construction of public works.

Public Investment Securitization in Costa Rica

October 2010

Institutional investors will have the opportunity to diversify portfolios so far composed of government paper.

Investing in public securities will give pension funds operators better returns for their clients, since these projects typically offer additional profits.

Regulations on public investment securities, for projects over $ 3,600 million, expect to assist in funding such projects.

Costa Rica: Public Works Securitization Faces Criticism

June 2010

The mechanism to finance public infrastructure through trusts and securitization has been the target of strong criticism. reported that “critics argue that there would be very little regulation and almost none supervision of the proposed financial instruments”.

Public Works Securitization

March 2010

Costa Rica still faces obstacles to implement this mechanism, regarded as the best alternative for funding public works.

Public works securitization is once again being discussed, as the upcoming Tourism Minister stated it will be used to fund a new National Conventions Center.

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