Serious Attack on Progress and Freedom to Work

In the Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica a bill is being discussed which would impose compulsory licensing for IT and computing professionals.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Editorial

The bill that seeks reform of Law No. 7,537, Organic Law of the Association of Professionals in Information Technology and Computing has been ruled on positively in the Commission which is studying it. The bill states that "any person who works as a computer technician or computer operator must be incorporated into the School of Information Technology and Computing Professionals (CPIC)."

Commenting on the matter, analyst Juan Carlos Hidalgo told Elfinanciero.com "... The requirement (which they are attempting to make law) for membership of professional associations is an affront to freedom of work and association"..." colleges exist to try to establish professional monopolies over certain occupations where versatility of knowledge is the rule . "... "There might not be any occupational area where mandatory membership of professional body is so absurd -and potentially harmful- as in IT and computing."

The business community should oppose this bill, which will privilege "... groups that act as cartels which try to limit the provision of professional services in the country," and that not only artificially make the cost of IT and computing more expensive but impoverish the economy by preventing the best management of qualified human resources in Costa Rica, in a sector already suffering from shortages.

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