What A Minister Says Can Cost Dearly

In answering whether Costa Rica should compensate Industrias Infinito in the Crucitas mine case, the minister in charge of the issue said, "they shouldn't be paid or it should be minimal. "  

Thursday, February 13, 2014


In an article in Prensalibre.cr the Minister of Environment and Energy René Castro answered the question by saying "We believe that Costa Rica should not give any compensation to Industrias Infinito because there was never actually a concession."

After enumerating the reasons that will be used in the defence of the case against the Costa Rican government in an international court, Minister Castro makes an implicit recognition that at least some of the blame falls on Costa Rica, by saying that the compensation payment to Industrias Infinito "should be minimal."

And as outlined in another article in Nación.com - the well headlined "Environment Minister René Castro Tones Down Problem with Mining Company " - the Minister confirms his view that "the amount payable by us should be minimal or nothing".

It would be good if Costa Rica had an advocate who was a little more convinced of his client's innocence, especially considering that, as we said in our editorial on wednesday, in this issue "Everybody wins, nobody loses...except you and me".

Win or lose in the arbitration with Industrias Infinito, the minister and his entire cohort of lawyers will still charge their same salaries, and they will keep traveling backwards and forwards to Washington charging for expenses which always leave a little left over in their bank accounts.

Fortunately Minister René Castro has little time left in his tenure, but the damage to the cause of the Costa Rican State has already been done.

See: "Article in Prensalibre.cr"
See: "Article in Nacion.com"

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