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Med tech company to open factory, create 700 new jobs in Costa Rica

Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies, a US-based subsidiary of the Japanese Terumo Corporation, will open a factory for the manufacturing of medical devices in Costa Rica. 

Precision medical equipment remains Costa Rica’s top export

Costa Rica tallied more than $5.77 billion in exports over the first five months of 2021, a 23% increase over the same period last year.

Led by medical equipment, Costa Rica exports continue increasing

Costa Rica tallied more than $4.5 billion in exports over the first four months of 2021, a 17% increase over the same period last year.

Costa Rica among world’s biggest exporters of medical devices

Costa Rica ranks 14th globally and second in Latin America for the export of medical equipment, according to the Foreign Trade Promoter of Costa Rica (PROCOMER).

Costa Rica exports continue increasing, despite pandemic

Costa Rica tallied more than $2 billion in exports over the first two months of 2021, a 10% increase over the same period last year. 

ECLAC projects 23% drop in exports in Latin America and the Caribbean due to pandemic

Only four countries, all Central American, increased their exports between January and May 2020:

Costa Rica’s avocado ban turns into a food fight

The fast food sandwich chain Subway found itself at the center of a quarrel over a ban on avocado imports in Costa Rica Thursday when the restaurant’s decision to temporarily stop offering avocado led to a stunt by Communication Minister Mauricio Herrera.

Guatemalan coffee exporters hope 2015 will bring better news

Guatemalan coffee growers, devastated by a fungus known as roya that rots the leaves of coffee plants, must “learn to live” with the killer disease. That’s the sad conclusion of Julio Ligorría, Guatemala’s ambassador to the United States, speaking Wednesday to The Tico Times.

Panama’s US envoy offers upbeat economic outlook for 2015

Aiming to have completely bilingual education by 2030, the Varela government has launched a pilot program to send 1,000 teachers to the United States for specialized English-language training. Eventually, 30,000 teachers will participate in the program over the next 15 years.

Palm oil: Guatemala’s newest, biggest cash crop?

The sun had been up for more than two hours at Finca Victoria, but the morning was still so quiet we could hear howler monkeys screaming way out on the horizon. I’d just arrived on a charter flight from Guatemala City, touching down at the nearby Rubelsanto airstrip and bouncing over dusty dirt roads by four-wheel-drive the rest of the way.

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