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San José, Costa Rica            Published Wednesday,  March 7, 2018             Vol. 18,  No.307

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New survey places Carlos Alvarado
at the top of electoral preferences

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The presidential candidate of the ruling Citizen's Action Party, Carlos Alvarado, is leading the evangelical candidate Fabricio Alvarado by two percentage points, according to a new survey. The small difference means the race is a dead heat.

The survey comes from the Center for Research and Political Studies) of the University of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado has the support of 41 percent of those decided to vote, while Fabricio Alvarado got 39 percent, the center said. Some 20 percent of the population is undecided.

Those likely to vote April 1 are 67  percent of those interviewed.

The study published by the Semanario Universidad newspaper states an error margin of 3.1 percent.  This means the results are a technical draw.

The center explained that if data is compared with those of the survey three weeks ago, Carlos Alvarado remains practically unchanged, but Fabricio Alvarado has lost seven points of support.

Fabricio Alvarado, an evangelical preacher, "maintains a greater support of women, people between 35 and 55 years, population with less formal education, inhabitants of coastal provinces and groups that participate more in religious activities," the survey indicates.

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The candidate has spent the past few weeks touring the country and debating on media outlets.

On the other hand, support for journalist and political scientist Carlos Alvarado, "is stronger among men, young people, over 55 years old, people with university studies and inhabitants of the Central Valley, as well as those who least participate in religious events," the study adds. .

The survey was conducted Feb. 27 and 28 through 1,028 interviews with randomly selected people on the country's cell phone list.

The second round of voting April 1 will let 3.3 million Costa Ricans elect the president who will govern the country until May 2022.

Electoral tribunal accepts appeal against
the use of religion in politics

By AM Costa Rica staff

The magistrates of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal in resolution No. 1375-E1-2018 issued Monday  partially accepted the electoral appeal filed on Jan. 22 against the Costa Rican Episcopal Conference and the Costa Rican Evangelical Alliance Federation for the dissemination of the so-called Joint Manifesto during the Prayer Day for Costa Rica held Jan. 18.

During Prayer Day, a copy of the manifesto was read and distributed to those present, including some of the then-candidates for the presidency of the Republic.

Although Costa Rica’s constitution states that citizens enjoy freedom of expression, the magistrates of the election tribunal noted that this freedom may be regulated or even limited according to Article 28 of the Constitution:

"Article 28.- No one may be disturbed or persecuted for the manifestation of their opinions or for any act that does not infringe the law. Private actions that do not harm public morality or order, or that do not harm third parties, are outside the scope of the law. It will not be possible, however, to make, in any, form political propaganda by clergy or secular individuals invoking religious matters."

That constitutional prohibition was created with the aim that, "the vote is the result of one's own conviction regardless of any foreign influence or purely temporary interests of the Republic thus avoiding the influence of religious creeds," says Resolution No. 1375-E1-2018, according to a constituent tradition established in the country’s legal system since 1894.

In the specific case, the officials of the tribunal determined that the Joint Manifesto mixes the terms of electoral political activity and religious expressions that through their connotation and impact represent a threat to the free exercise of suffrage, both active (right to choose) as a liability (right to be elected):

"To invite Christians to exercise the suffrage by meditating before God and their consciences, said the joint manifesto, at a time when controversial issues that have been of special interest during the electoral process, and it had the scope necessary to induce and influence the vote for certain parties or to abstain from doing so for others, as they coincide or not with the positions assumed by the organizations appealed," says part of the resolution.

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Several candidates who identify themselves as Christians supported the document issued by the churches.

Parties were notified of the resolution on Tuesday, and the electoral judges ordered the Costa Rican Episcopal Conference and the Costa Rican Evangelical Alliance Federation to abstain from actions such as those and condemned them to the payment of the costs, damages and losses caused, to be settled administratively.

Also, given that the dissemination of the joint manifesto could constitute an infraction to the prohibition of invocation of religious ideas in political propaganda, established in article 136 of the Electoral Code, the tribunal transferred a certified copy of the file to the Electoral Inspection Department to investigate the case.

The plaintiff also denounced the Jan 18 day of prayer as well as the, Second march for life and family according to God, held Dec. 3, activities that tribunal officials determined did not constitute an infraction of the constitutional prohibition.

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San José, Costa Rica         Published Wednesday,  March 7, 2018         Vol. 18, No. 307
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More than half of all registered companies
have not paid the corporate tax

By AM Costa Rica staff

Only 42 percent of all registered companies have paid their corporate tax, while the remaining 58 percent failed to do so for this 2018 fiscal period, according to data released by the Ministry of Finance.

According to data from the General Directorate of Taxation, of the 306,675 companies that had to pay the tax in January, only 130,135 approached the department to make their payments, while the remaining 176,540 are delinquent and subject to fines and sanctions.

All the companies that missed the payment date will now have to pay interest if they need to make any change in their registration files.

"According to the law, people cannot request legal status certifications, or register documents in favor of the company, such as transfers and acquisitions if the tax is not paid," explained the director of taxation, Carlos Vargas.

The Ministry of Finance collected ¢12 billion from the companies that did comply with the payment on time. However, the agency still needs to collect more than ¢14 billion.

The legal corporations had time to pay the tax without penalties until Jan. 31. The tax was established in September, when companies only had to pay the prorated fee for the months of September, October, November and December.

Those who owe both payments could face the dissolution of the company, Vargas explained.

The payment amounts are different for each company. For example, those that are active but have an income of less than ¢51 million per year must comply with a tax of ¢106,550. Those that generate income between ¢51 million and ¢119 million pay ¢ 127,000 and those that report above ¢119 million will have to pay ¢213,100.

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Failure to comply with tax payments may result in the legal dissolution of a company.

Payments can be made at any bank in the country.

The tax was created last March 21, and was imposed on all commercial companies and branches of foreign companies or their representatives. The micro and small companies that are registered with the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce and the small and medium agricultural producers registered in the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock are exempt from payment.

The money raised goes to three different places. The first is the Ministry of Public Security, which uses the funds to finance the infrastructure of police stations, purchase and maintenance of police equipment and support to citizens, among other tasks.

Another part is sent to the Ministry of Justice and Peace for distribution to the dependencies of the General Directorate of Social Adaptation, which runs the prisons.

Finally, part of the earnings are designated for the Judicial Branch to fight organized crime through the Judicial Investigation Organization.

Candidate's projects in infrastructure may take a long time

By AM Costa Rica staff

The two presidential candidates, Carlos Alvarado and Fabricio Alvarado, showed their support for institutional reforms at the Ministry of Public Works and Transport and the National Road Council. The reforms would speed work on infrastructure projects.

Olman Vargas, executive director of the Federated College of Engineers and Architects, said the candidates’ proposals could be met, but in the long term.

"Fabricio proposes us to move from councils to directorates within the ministry but that needs changes in the law, which may take an important amount of time," said Vargas.

Carlos Alvarado suggested to Vargas that it is possible, in the short term, to increase the rank of the deputy ministers of Transport, in order to allow closer followup on projects, Vargas said.

"What was promised this year is similar to what was promised four years ago, and there have been few advances," Vargas added.

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Legal reforms in the institutions involved with infrastructure are a priority for both candidates.

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San José, Costa Rica       Published Wednesday,  March 7, 2018       Vol. 18, No. 307
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Chamber of Industries and Panasonic will train businessmen
on clean energy implementation


By A.M Costa Rica staff

The Chamber of Industries of Costa Rica and Panasonic have agreed to to try to attract more companies to the use of solar energy to generate power and save more than 90 percent on electricity bills.

William Campos, sales manager of the Energy Solutions Department of Panasonic, said that during 2016-2017, the company installed more than 17,000 solar panels in the country and said that Costa Rica has an enormous potential to develop this energy source.

According to Campos the conditions are being created for distributed generation that will reach more industries, which aside from savings also contribute to the goal of carbon neutrality.

According to data from the Energy Directorate of the Ministry of Environment and Energy power produced by the installation of solar panels ranges from 15 to 20 megawatts, the equivalent of 0.6 percent of the country's installed capacity.

The generation of electricity through panels is governed in Costa Rica since February 2016.

According to expert Carlos Montenegro, given the high electricity rates, consumers have the opportunity to manage the cost of electricity by installing photovoltaic systems.

"The installation time varies a lot. It may take two days for a small system or up to 45 days for larger one," he added.

According to Montenegro, a company may take between four and six years to recover the investment, but operational guarantee on the panels is 25 to 30 years.

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The industrial sector seeks to redefine energy strategies.

"That makes it profitable," he said while clarifying that the cost of recovering the investment will depend on the size of the industry, its consumption profile and the electricity rate that applies.

As part of the agreement with Panasonic a system of solar panels was donated and installed in the chamber's building, located in San Pedro, which will enable its members to implement this type of systems in their companies.

The training lasts approximately two months and will be taught to 30 engineers and technicians, electrical and maintenance and energy efficiency managers of the different companies.
"We are excited to be part of the training on the applications, advantages, guarantees, performance and quality of photovoltaic systems,: said Campos. “We will continue to look for ways to contribute to the improvement of our country and the welfare of people around the world."

U.S. becomes a market of interest for exporters of roasted coffee

By AM Costa Rica staff

According to the recent study published by the Promotora del Comercio Exterior de Costa Rica, the market for roasted coffee in the United States is on the rise.

The U.S. is the primary consumer of coffee worldwide, the first importer of coffee and the second of roasted coffee.

All of that, along with geographical proximity, the sophistication of consumption and the growing interest of the consumers for a more active role in the value chain positions, the U.S. as a market of interest for Costa Rican exports of roasted coffee, the promotional organization said.

The study addresses different existing business models for the commercialization of this product, which have in common the consideration that the U.S. is a mature market, whose growth is based more on sophistication.

As part of the consumption habits, it was possible to identify that 59 percent of the cups of coffee consumed in the U.S. are considered gourmet and that the population between 25 and 39 years is the one that stimulates the consumption of specialty coffee,

According to the promotional organization, coffee is a traditional morning drink, but it is increasingly gaining a space at other times of the day.

According to Marta Esquivel, commercial intelligence director of the organization, the study revealed that the roasted coffee market requires a multi-channel strategy, in which direct participation is increasingly necessary.

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In 2017, Costa Rica exported $302 million in coffee of which 1 percent was roasted here.

Esquivel also explained that new opportunities for independent brands are found in channels such as retail and online.

The challenge is to recreate the experience in a convenient way with an emphasis on accessibility, price and knowledge. A digital marketing strategy is also required where the intangible elements are reinforced, the history of the product with Costa Rican origin is positioned, and there is an implementation of an adequate packaging experience, she added.

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San José, Costa Rica           Published Wednesday,  March 7, 2018         Vol. 18, No. 307
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Deaths in road accidents decreased in February
By A.M. Costa Rica staff

In February, traffic authorities recorded 28 deaths in road accidents, one per day on average, a figure among the lowest in recent months.

When compared to January, fewer deaths are reported. In the first month of the year 35 lives were lost in road accidents. When compared to February 2017, figures show a decrease of four deaths

Mario Calderón, director of the Traffic Police, said this is the lowest number of deaths on the road since June 2017, when 26 deaths were recorded.

The official agreed the fact that February is the month with fewer days of the year and that may influence a reduction in fatal cases.

Calderón was emphatic that more efforts should be made to reduce risks, something than can only be achieved with more road control to stop speeding, which is the primary cause of death on the roads.

Calderón pointed out that, in these two months, only one death of the 63 recorded was related to alcohol consumption which reflects both a higher awareness of drivers about drinking and driving and the results of police operations and controls.

In the first two months of the year, 24 of the 63 victims traveled by motorcycle, 38 percent of the total. 14 more people were traveling by car when they lost their lives, and bicycle travel resulted in five deaths.
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Only five road deaths involved bicycles.

"We want to take advantage of the analysis of these results to remind drivers of the respect they must have for cyclists, both by leaving the cycle lanes available in the capital and other parts of the country, and by separating at least 1.5 meters from them when they pass them. And to cyclists, be prudent and do not move on fast transit routes," Calderón added.

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San José, Costa Rica       Published Wednesday,  March 7, 2018        Vol. 18, No.307
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Sea Shepherd volunteers find dead
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Volunteers from the international organization Sea Shepherd found a hammerhead shark early on Monday, while the animal was apparently trying to free itself from the hooks of a fishing line. The shark died at Manzanillo beach in Puerto Viejo, Talamanca.

According to Jorge Serendero, director of Sea Shepherd in Costa Rica, the presumed perpetrators of the incident would have been longline fishermen.

According to Serendero, this happens frequently on the Costa Rican coast, "because authorities have no surveillance capacity and the line fishermen indiscriminately kill fish and kill our marine life.”

Serendero said he believes that "the Costa Rican government shows a total disregard for the greater wealth of the Ticos, by insisting on exporting 10 tons of hammerhead fins," he said.

He also questions the commitment of the candidates for the presidency, in relation to the abandonment and devastation of national parks and supposedly protected areas.

Many people were surprised by the appearance of the fish in Manzanillo. This is because it is not typical on coral reef areas but in deeper waters, according to José Masís, administrator of the Mandoca Manzanillo National Refuge.

"The fishing lines presented by the animal are not traditional either, because the Fishermen's Association of Manzanillo does not use them in the limits of the Wildlife Refuge. As of now we are not sure of the origin of the animal.”

“This is because the sea is totally flat, so there are no currents or waves to drag an animal of that weight and size," he explained.

Masis clarified that the communities of Manzanillo, Punta Uva, Cahuita or Puerto Viejo, carry out wholly responsible fishing because they do not use illegal fishing gear, and "they are associations that are protected under norms that respect what is established in the waters of protected wild areas.”

"That is why I dismiss any situation that says it is an irresponsible act on the part of the fishermen," he added.

"I do not understand what volunteers were doing with the NGO Sea Shepherd, without authorization from us or what kind of volunteering they were doing. We are not aware of this and they are not groups authorized by us."

Sea Shepherd Facebook photo
Small fishermen said they are aware of the important of protecting the species.

The park administrator points out that in more than 20 years he has only seen two isolated cases of sightings of this species of sharks.

The Association of Artisanal Fishermen of the South Caribbean made a clarification regarding the publication that Sea Shepherd Costa Rica made on Facebook where a hammerhead shark is observed in the sand, in Manzanillo.

The group mentioned that the publication began with the phrase: "Pescadores massacre hammerhead sharks in Manzanillo-Limón." This for them is a very dangerous assertion that shows ignorance about the artisanal fishing that occurs in the Caribbean.

The association said they are coordinating with the National System of Conservation Areas, Misión Tiburón Costa Rica and the National Coast Guard Service to investigate the case.

"We want to make clear that we are acutely aware of the importance of the conservation of the refuge, that we do not agree with the indiscriminate hunting of endangered species such as the hammerhead shark (Sphyrna lewini)," the association said

“But we also do not allow artisanal fishermen to be accused of attacking the marine resource we protect, especially to create discord and benefit an NGO that receives donations for its conservation work," it added.

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San José, Costa Rica        Published Wednesday,  March 7, 2018        Vol. 18, No. 307
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First Central American satellite is ready for final tests

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The first Central American satellite, made in Costa Rica, is ready and will be sent to the Technological Institute of Kyushu, Japan, in order to carry out flight tests, developers reported on Tuesday.

It is all part of the Irazú Project. The nanosatellite, weighting about one kilogram, has the objective to monitor climate change through the transmission of data on forest growth, environmental variables and carbon in the tropical woods of Costa Rica.

The initiative came from the Central American Association of Aeronautics and Space with the collaboration of private donors, the Technological Institute of Costa Rica and private companies.

"The Irazú Project marks the beginning of Costa Rica's presence in space, which is already a milestone, but more than creating a satellite and being a technological triumph, it is the materialization of a vision of development where science and technology will lead," said Luis Diego Monge, aeronautics association project manager.

The assembly of the satellite was supported by TEC and the Moog Medical Co., which facilitated the preparation of a special room dedicated to the development of medical devices and which will also send the satellite to Japan.

In the Kyushu Technological Institute, the device will be subjected to flight tests during the next months, and then be launched into space at a place and date yet to be determined.

In addition to the satellite, the Irazú Project will have a remote station located in Los Chiles, province of Alajuela, in northern Costa Rica, which is the forest where the data on forest growth and carbon will be collected.

Another component will be a ground station located at the headquarters of the state-owned Technological Institute of Costa Rica which is the operations center where the information will be received to be analyzed and processed by scientists and researchers.

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The satellite falls under the category of CubeSat, meaning it is of a small size.

According to experts, these satellites are the new wave in the development of science. In addition, they are low cost devices which allow developing countries to have their own eyes in space.

The project brings together the public, private and academic sectors, such as the TEC, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Dutch University TU Delft and the National Fund for Forest Financing, among others.

Last year, the aeronautics association held a campaign open to the public and companies during which it raised $75,000 for the purchase of the parts and the assembly of the device.

Another objective of the project is to train and develop the skills of Costa Rican professionals and students to carry out space missions.

The satellite was designed under the CubeSat standard of small satellites and was declared of public interest by the government of Costa Rica in 2014.

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San José, Costa Rica       Published Wednesday,  March 7, 2018      Vol. 18, No. 307
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If you are in this list, you should be using electronic invoicing

By Kevin Chavarría,

As of January, it is mandatory for all taxpayers to provide digital invoicing and vouchers. This applies to all professional services if they are a registered corporation or independent workers.

The obligation to use the electronic invoice started with the health sectors in January while accounting, financial and administrative services should provide the electronic invoicing as of February.

In March, the legal activities should do the move to digital invoicing while engineering, architecture, and Information Technology should be on the system by April.

Meteorologist, consulting services and technical advice on construction and civil engineering works, chemists, geologists, geographers, biologists, professionals in food technology should provide their customers digital invoices by May.

Advertising, librarianship, professors, occupational health professionals, special education providers and independent journalists should also meet the deadline.

The electronic invoice is a voucher that records the sale of goods and services and must be generated in electronic format in the same time the purchase or sale.

The electronic vouchers are XM files, which, once generated, must be sent to the Ministerio de Hacienda for validation. This validation is required so that it can be used as backup for the accounting system.

To issue electronic receipts, it is necessary for the taxpayer to have a security mechanism.

It may be the cryptographic key issued by the Ministerio de Hacienda, which is a security method that guarantees the integrity, authenticity and authorship of the electronic vouchers, or it may be the digital signature that allows the signer to be identified.


The Ministerio de Hacienda has made available, since January, the Free Electronic Billing Software for those taxpayers who wish to use it in the preparation of electronic vouchers.

The breach of the obligation to issue invoices and electronic vouchers entails strong penalties therefore those in commerce must use electronic invoicing if they are on the aforementioned list.

NOTE: Only the aforementioned services must deliver digital invoicing before their respective deadlines. Other activities have to wait to be in a new list since Ministerio de Hacienda is doing this process step-by-step. The goal is to have all the taxpayers using digital invoicing at some point.

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