The Business Year

Costa Rica 2019

PUBLISHED April 2019


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The complexities of a majorly inter-dependent regional powerhouse that relies on trade and diplomacy as its main two instruments to exercise public and foreign policy present an interesting editorial challenge. 2018 was a year of major structural changes in the country as it prepares for its 200th anniversary in 2021. Through our sit-down conversations with over 150 business and political leaders, we had the opportunity to contrast the government’s plans with private-sector expectations for the new administration.

The Business Year’s country-specific publications, sometimes featuring over 150 face-to-face interviews, are among the most comprehensive annual economic publications available internationally.

This 148-page publication covers finance, energy, industry, telecoms and IT, transport, construction, real estate, agriculture, health, education, and tourism. The report features dozens of interviews, including:

  • Epsy Campbell Barr, Vice President, Republic of Costa Rica
  • Jorge Sequeira, Managing Director, Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE)
  • Jaime Palermo Quesada, General Manager, Kölbi
  • Mauricio Bruce Jiménez, CEO & Executive Vice President, ILG Logistics
  • José Miguel Brenes, General Manager, Grupo Edica
  • Dr. Roman Macaya, Executive President, Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS)
  • María Amalia Revelo, Minister of Tourism

The publication also features a range of articles and analysis, including:

  • OECD membership bid
  • Shared servicing
  • Eurobonds
  • Decarbonization 2050
  • Value-added industries
  • Costa Rica Digital
  • Moín Container Terminal
  • Micro cities
  • Value-added production
  • Cluster growth