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Costa Rica will (finally) support contactless payments on public transport
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Costa Rica
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Costa Rica will (finally) support contactless payments on public transport

Alejandro Zúñiga - February 26, 2021

Costa Rica's next step toward modernizing its public transport system will be to allow contactless payments. The Railway Institute (INCOFER) this week began testing the new system,…

UN commends Costa Rica for decarbonization efforts
Climate Change
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Climate Change
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UN commends Costa Rica for decarbonization efforts

Alejandro Zúñiga - February 25, 2021

António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, on Thursday commended Costa Rica for its ongoing decarbonization efforts.  Thursday marked the second anniversary of the National Decarbonization Plan,…

Puntarenas road upgrades to begin in coming days
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Costa Rica
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Puntarenas road upgrades to begin in coming days

Alejandro Zúñiga - February 15, 2021

It will soon be easier to reach downtown Puntarenas after a series of infrastructure improvements along La Angostura. "Good news to start the week! This is how…

Pic of the Day: President Carlos Alvarado appears before Congress
Pic of the Day
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Pic of the Day
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Pic of the Day: President Carlos Alvarado appears before Congress

Alejandro Zúñiga - February 11, 2021

In today's Picture of the Day, Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado swears before the Congress for a hearing regarding potential espionage. Alvarado appeared before a legislative commission…

President Alvarado testifies in response to data-collection controversy
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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President Alvarado testifies in response to data-collection controversy

AFP and The Tico Times - February 10, 2021

The president of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, gave testimony on Wednesday before a legislative commission investigating a data collection unit that aroused suspicions of having accessed private…

Costa Rica unemployment continues to fall, but remains high
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Costa Rica unemployment continues to fall, but remains high

AFP - February 5, 2021

Unemployment in Costa Rica reached 20% of the workforce in the last quarter of 2020, a figure lower than in previous months but still elevated, the official…

Costa Rica testing new trains, preparing for April debut
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Costa Rica testing new trains, preparing for April debut

Alejandro Zúñiga - February 2, 2021

Residents of the Greater Metropolitan Area may have noticed a new addition to Costa Rica's public-transportation sector this week. The Costa Rican Railway Institute (INCOFER) is testing…

Thousands of Costa Rican small businesses closed in 2020
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Thousands of Costa Rican small businesses closed in 2020

The Tico Times - January 27, 2021

More than 7% of Costa Rica’s microenterprises closed in 2020, according to the National Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC). The number of microenterprises — Costa Rica’s smallest…

Costa Rica summons IMF law projects to Legislative Assembly
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Costa Rica
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Costa Rica summons IMF law projects to Legislative Assembly

Alejandro Zúñiga - January 26, 2021

The Executive Branch summed 36 bills to the floor of the Legislative Assembly for debate, including three that relate to Costa Rica's negotiations with the International Monetary…

Costa Rica and IMF reach technical agreement on fiscal adjustment
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Costa Rica and IMF reach technical agreement on fiscal adjustment

AFP and The Tico Times - January 23, 2021

Costa Rica and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced Friday an agreement to balance the country's finances, which rules out privatizations or higher taxes on consumption or…