Costa Rica 2018 | TRANSPORT | COLUMN

TBY talks to Elizabeth Briceño, Executive President, Incofer, on the sector.

Elizabeth Briceño

How has the reform of Law 9366 strengthened the current position of Incofer?

The law gave us two chapters; the first was the optimization and organization of Incofer, namely resolving administrative and financial issues. The second was a country project mandate to improve mobility in the metropolitan area, as it is congested with traffic. This law allows Incofer to create public-private partnerships (PPPs), operate trusts, and provide access to Lanamme and a special regime for contracting projects in particular. This special regime gives us the ability to respond quickly by creating partnerships with communal development associations, the private sector, and other institutions. We aim to have the fast passenger train (TRP) transportation system.

How does Incofer contribute to the goods transportation sector?

In terms of cargo transportation, the goal is to increase the competitiveness of our country through two important projects. The first is being planned with the Costa Rican Institute of Pacific Ports (INCOP) to expand its courtyards at Incofer and in Costa Rican Ministry of Public Works and Transport (OPT) lands, and allow Incofer to transport cargo across the country. We seek a pre-design and intermodal transportation system that includes marine cargo, train, air cargo, and trailers.