Exports of services in 2016 also grew by 11 percent over 2015, the Foreign Trade Ministry and the Foreign Trade Promotion Office reported.
Industrial entrepreneurs consider the country’s high electricity tariffs as the main factor affecting their companies’ competitiveness, as well as costs of social security, high fuel prices, bad road infrastructure, unfair competition from informal businesses, and high taxes.
APM Terminals said it will announce a new delivery date for the Moín cargo terminal project in 30 days, and pay all related fines for the delay.
Environment Minister Édgar Gutiérrez confirmed the Discovery Costa Rica project already has all environmental permits, and said it will supply water with its own wells.
The National Tourism Chamber asked tourists not to neglect the Poás area altogether, where businesses have been hard hit, many located outside of the security perimeter.
Discovery Costa Rica is scheduled to open in late 2020, some 8 kilometers (5 miles) from Liberia, in the province of Guanacaste.
ICE Executive President Carlos Obregón and CNFL General Manager Víctor Solís will have to appear before a Legislative Assembly committee to explain the impact of the agencies’ investments on electricity rates.
Costa Rica ranked second in gender pay equity on a 37-country list led by Belgium, published last month by FiveThirtyEight.
Business owners who disobey the dry law will face fines of up to 10 base salaries, or ₡4.2 million (some $7,500).
An increase in transactions from businesses that exchange dollar investments into colones to pay taxes drove fluctuations in dollar prices in the past four months.