• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Foreign Investment On the Rise

July 15, 2005

FOREIGN direct investment (FDI) inCosta Rica reached $617.3 million in 2004,a 7.5% increase over 2003, the Costa RicanInvestment Promotion Agency (CINDE)announced earlier this month.The principal destination of this foreigninvestment has been the industrial sector,including electronics, medical devices, garments,and food and drink products,according to a report on FDI in Costa Ricafrom 1997-2004 by the Central Bank,CINDE and other institutions. Investmentin tourism and the service sector also standout, according to the report.The growth of Intel and other firmslocated in free zones, where companiescan operate tax-free, contributed to theincrease in 2004. New operations by IBMand Hewlett Packard, IntrapackPackaging, Ajecen del Sur (soft drinks)and the mega hardware store EPA alsocontributed to growth.However, economic uncertainty inCosta Rica threatens this foreign directinvestment, according to CINDE DirectorEdna Camacho. While El Salvador andPanama have initiated aggressive policiesto attract investors, Costa Rica’s incentiveregimen remains undefined, she said in astatement.Furthermore, the uncertain futures ofthe Central American Free-TradeAgreement with the United States(CAFTA), fiscal reform and free zoneshere have caused the Central Bank to predicta decrease in foreign direct investmentby 1.3% in 2005 compared with2004.

You may be interested

Costa Rica registers uptick in visitors in March
Costa Rica
2 views
Costa Rica
2 views

Costa Rica registers uptick in visitors in March

Alejandro Zúñiga - April 16, 2021

Costa Rica welcomed nearly 90,000 international arrivals in March, a significant increase compared with the first two months of 2021,…

Why Costa Rica is re-applying driving restrictions
Costa Rica
1949 views
Costa Rica
1949 views

Why Costa Rica is re-applying driving restrictions

The Tico Times - April 16, 2021

Costa Rica will restart its weekend daytime driving restrictions beginning this Saturday. Click here for all the details. The Presidency…

Costa Rica to restart weekend driving restrictions
Costa Rica
1944 views
Costa Rica
1944 views

Costa Rica to restart weekend driving restrictions

Alejandro Zúñiga - April 16, 2021

Costa Rica will restart its weekend daytime driving restrictions beginning this Saturday, April 17. On Saturdays, only vehicles with license…