San José, Costa Rica         Published Friday, April 13, 2018             Vol. 18,  No.413
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Legislators seek a $20 million loan
to assist victims of tropical storm Nate

By A.M.Costa Rica staff

Legislators will discuss asking for a $ 20 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank to help financing and assistance programs for those affected by Tropical Storm Nate.

The government presented a bill to finance and fix road infrastructure and basic drinking water services.

The legislative bill is discussed under file No. 20,747.

The government requested a $20 million loan in October 2017 under the immediate response facility, which seeks to help countries cover urgent expenses and resume basic services.

With the resources, the expenses incurred by the government for the assistance in the emergency will be financed.

"With this loan, costs in road infrastructure and the provision of drinking water will be covered. The plan is to continue the work of rehabilitation of routes and bridges and the second includes the repair of damaged drinking water distribution systems," according to the finance ministry.

The executing agency will be the National Emergency Commission and it will have the support of the National Road Council and the Costa Rica Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers.

The term of the loan is 25 years and the first disbursement will be 12 months from the date of the contract’s entry into force.

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The storm hit the country in Oct. 2017.

The administration of the loan resources will be in charge of the National Treasury, which would credit the resources coming from the disbursements in an account in favor of the National Emergency Fund.

La Penca bombing case will be reopened
 by Inter-American Court on Human Rights

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights  told the journalists association that it will review the accusations around the La Penca bombing in which a group of journalists were attacked with a bomb during a press conference 34 years ago in the midst of the Central American war.

The complaint was filed by the Colegio de Periodistas de Costa Rica before the commission and the State of Costa Rica in 2005 on the grounds that there was a failure to prosecute those involved in the La Penca bombing that occurred during a press conference called by Eden Pastora. At the time, Pastora was a guerrilla commander in a group funded by the government of United States after the Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua in 1979.

Nelson Murillo, a journalist and one of the victims of the La Penca case, claimed that "no other decision of the continental Commission has gone so unnoticed," especially by the journalists association, the body that filed the complaint.

Murillo stated that no analyst, expert in human rights, nor ombudsman properly supported the case.

Alejandro Delgado, advisor to the journalists' association, who has handled the case during these years, said that he could not answer any questions because he said he is an adviser and not a spokesperson for that particular situation.

Delgado added that in this case, the state is not obliged to find a culprit, but the complaint was filed because the victims were left in a limbo and no progress was made from the human rights point of view.

The victims may file a plea and justify why the case should move forward. "It is an obligation of the states to prosecute the crimes in terrorism," Delgado added.

Although the complaint was filed against the Costa Rican state, Nicaragua was later incorporated into the complaint because, apparently, the country never opened an investigation even though the events occurred in Nicaraguan soil.

"The issue will be resolved in the next part. It is not usual for cases to be tried against two states at the same time. It is a novelty and makes it more complicated," added the adviser.

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La Penca bombing occurred in 1984, during a press conference called by Eden Pastora.

In 2013 the then-attorney general of Costa Rica, Jorge Chavarria, announced the closure of the investigation that began in the country. This was confirmed after the death of the alleged perpetrator of the attack, the Argentinian Roberto Vital.

A year before, the journalist and survivor of the bombing, José Rodolfo Ibarra, as president of the journalists association, signed an extension of the demand towards Nicaragua.

At that time, Ibarra said that it was the first time that the journalists association was acting directly against a neighboring state because the Nicaraguan government did nothing.

The journalists association sent a request to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and to Nicaragua years later complaining about the "the slowness of the Costa Rican State in resolving the case, being a crime against humanity, it does not prescribe and can be reopened, should new evidence appear that help to identify and condemn the intellectual authors of the crime.”
Ministry of Education supports
the study of Mandarin Chinese

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A group of students participating in the pilot project Let's Talk Mandarin took part in the first camp organized by the Ministry of Public Education in the facilities of the Juan XXIII School in Tres Ríos.

The objective of the meeting was to reinforce the experience in the Mandarin language through play activities such as: games, traditional dances, charades, karaokes and plays.

The students who participated in the level three course of the Youth Chinese International Test certification are part of 10 public schools.

In addition, eight students will travel in the month of July to the People's Republic of China to represent the country and improve their knowledge.

The schools that are currently participating in the pilot project are: Guácimo Professional Technical College, Edgar Cervantes High School in Hatillo, Purral Professional Technical College, Dos Cercas de Desamparados Professional Technical College, Liceo Pacífico Sur, Colegio de Bagaces, Professional Technical School of Flowers , Liceo de San Rafael de Alajuela, Liceo Alfaro Ruiz and Liceo de Tarrazú.

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Published Friday,  April 13, 2018             Second news page
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Judicial workers will have to work
three additional years to achieve retirement

By AM Costa Rica staff

The legislative bill that raises the minimum age for receiving a pension in the judiciary from 62 to 65 years does not contain any defect in its approval at the legislative level or in the substance of its proposals, the Constitutional Court said. This renders the bill legal and constitutional.

Thursday the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court voted in favor in applying the law as it is, answering a query sent by legislators from several parties in November after the initiative was approved on a first vote Oct. 30.

"The legislative file number 19.922 does not show any substantial flaws in constitutionality," says the ruling.

The chamber members that made the decision were the acting president and magistrate, Fernando Cruz Castro, and magistrates Fernando Castillo Víquez, Paul Rueda Leal, Nancy Hernández López, Luis Fernando Salazar Alvarado, José Paulino Hernández Gutiérrez and Alejandro Delgado Faith.

Magistrates Cruz, Salazar and Hernández did not vote and issued a minority position saying that the legislative bill shows essential procedural flaws that affect it in its entirety.

Deciding on the bill was problematic for the magistrates as the increase in pension age directly affects them. Some of the magistrates have excused themselves or tried to do so.

At least six proprietary magistrates and six substitutes declined to be part of the debate over the bill because they were civil servants or because they had issued personal positions about this pension plan at some point.

In the query sent to the chamber, the legislators pointed out faults in the process, including having processed the initiative through Article 208 of congress, which allows a fast track approval. They were also concerned that the substitute text was not published, which undermined the right to access to information and transparency.

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Judicial workers would receive 82.5 percent
of their average salary instead of the 100 percent
they receive today.

Some also claimed a supposed violation of the democratic principle of the discussion of the project in the committee, a violation of gender principles related to retirement age and a conflict in judicial independence, among other aspects.

The initiative establishes, among other things, an increase in the age of retirement. Until now it was 62 years for men and 60 for women

Employees will be able to benefit from an ordinary pension based on 82.5 percent of the last 240 salaries, contrary to the current 100 percent. A minimum of 35 years of service is established in the bill. The previous minimum was 30 years.

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Regional economy will grow 2.2 percent, according to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean updated its economic activity growth projections for the region's countries during 2018 and kept its estimate for average regional expansion at 2.2 percent, after growing 1.2 percent last year.

The information from the United Nations agency presented the information in a press release. This regional projection is the same as was published in December when the agency launched its annual report “Preliminary Overview of the Economies of Latin America and the Caribbean 2017.”

During 2018, greater dynamism in external demand is expected to stimulate the economic activity of Latin America and the Caribbean, the latest report said.

Likewise, domestic demand will play an important role in the acceleration of growth, although with different components, the agency said. In particular, and even while continuing to be low, investment is expected to make a greater contribution than in previous years, while private funds will remain a relevant driver of domestic demand, it added.

The United Nations regional commission adds that, in some cases, the rise in real wages and the expansion of credit, along with growth in remittances, in the case of the Central American region, are factors that explain the increase in consumption.

With regard to public spending, the economic commission said that fiscal consolidation is expected to remain on average during 2018, meaning that public investment and spending will make a lower contribution to growth.

As in previous years, growth in 2018 will show heterogeneous dynamics between countries and sub-regions, the report said. The economies of South America are growing at 2.0 percent compared with the 0.8 percent recorded in 2017, mainly as a result of Brazil's increased dynamism estimated at 2.2 percent.

Furthermore, the report said that economic activity will accelerate in several countries that had been growing at moderate rates: Chile (3.3 percent), Colombia (2.6 percent) and Peru (3.5 percent).

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Panama is supposed to have the higher economic growth this year.

Meanwhile, for the economies of Central America the growth forecast is also being held at 3.6 percent, above the 3.4 percent notched in 2017.

Among Latin American countries, Panama will have the economy that records the highest rate of expansion (5.6 percent), followed by the Dominican Republic (5.0 percent) and Nicaragua (5.0 percent).

For the English-speaking Caribbean, average growth is projected at 1.4 percent for 2018, above the 0.1 percent seen in 2017.

According to the commission, economic activity projections for Latin America and the Caribbean are being made in a more favorable international context than that of the last few years, but significant uncertainties persist regarding protectionist trends, the financial dynamic and geopolitical risks.










Vol. 18, No. 413                  
Published Friday,  April 13, 2018             Fourth news page
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Buy over the internet, pay more taxes
By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Purchases made online would pay two types of taxes if the current text of the bill for strengthening public finances is approved by the legislature.

German Morales, managing partner of the Grant Thornton consulting firm, said the tax administration could assess a levy on services or goods not only at the time they are paid by means of an electronic platform but also at the moment they enter the country.

"It would happen with goods bought in internet sites such as Amazon, because the VAT would be charged to the service subscription transaction and then another import tax." “This would affect about 200,000 taxpayers who make purchases abroad," he said. The VAT is the proposed value-added tax that would replace the current sales tax.

In his opinion, the way in which the bill is drafted opens gaps for interpretations that undermine the interests of the taxpayers, as in the case of supplementary pensions and when speaking of taxing capital gains, without clarifying exemptions.

The draft was sent to the Technical Services of the legislature. The tax will be 13 percent, similar to the current general sales tax.

The businesses affected will be those with services that do not trigger sale taxes now. For example, a gym with a monthly fee of ¢45,000 would have to raise the fee to ¢50,850 and a security service of ¢ 50,000 per month would go to ¢56,500.

However, there are two differentiated rates. One is a value-added tax of 4 percent on the commissions of the complementary pensions operators, private health services, private education services, private residential security services, personal insurance premiums, labor risks insurances agricultural and social interest housing.

That means that a medical consultation with a specialist, which currently has a minimum fee of ¢38,927.92, would cost ¢40,484.41 after the tax, and a private school monthly fee of ¢180,000, would rise to ¢187,200 with the implementation of the tax.
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The project is under consultation by Technical Services Office at the Legislative Assembly.

There will be a 2 percent charge for the purchase of packaging as well as the raw materials. The services used in the production of agricultural, agro-industrial, aquaculture and non-sport fishing, planting, harvesting, harvesting, fumigation, fertilization, mechanical and chemical weed control, transportation, product classification, land leasing, storage, marketing and services used in the production of agricultural, agro-industrial, aquaculture and non-sport fishing products are also affected.

As of now, the approved bill must first receive an opinion of the Technical Services Office. Once the opinion is received, the project must be published in the official newspaper La Gaceta.

Next week the text will be discussed in the full legislature, and all proposed amendments should be reviewed between Monday and Tuesday.

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Published Friday, April 13, 2018          Fifth news page
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Rapid passenger train will be ready
in the next four years, says president-elect

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

President-elect Carlos Alvarado promised that the first stage of the rapid passenger train will be a reality before the end of his term in 2022.

This was one of the commitments assumed by the next president after the meeting held Thursday with authorities of the Costa Rican Railway Institute where he learned the status of the project.

Alvarado said that defining the financing and public-private partnership model are critical in moving the plan forward.

The president-elect said that it will depend on how the process progresses when the first stage ends, so he will not provide a more precise date.

The head of the rail institute, Elizabeth Briceño, said that construction can take about two years.

The recommended route is the one from San Jose to Cartago and Paraíso, since it is the route with the lowest demand at the moment.

The whole project has pre-feasibility studies: socio-economic, technical and financial, topographic studies, financial modeling with scenarios of possible financing, and draft tariff methodology for approval by the Public Services Regulatory Authority, among others.

The plan has been endorsed by the National Environmental Technical Secretariat.

Of the 79 kilometers that make up the project, 61 kilometers are in operation. In addition, 3.5 kilometers from Belén de Heredia to San Rafael were recovered at the end of last year.

The train would be built by using the Public Works Concession Law, and there are 30 companies that have shown interest in the project.

The estimated investment of the project at the infrastructure level is $1.3 billion and $256 million in equipment. The first stage is estimated at $600 million. Alvarado also asked rail institute officials to reactivate cargo transport between the Central Valley and the Atlantic.

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Vol. 18, No. 413               
Published Friday, April 13, 2018               Sixth news page
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Poor transparency reigns in government websites

By A.M. Costa Rica staff
Research carried out by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications, along with the Hispano-American University, concluded that only six out of 23 government institutions have an open data portal.

This is the first research project on the use of open data portals on the websites of the 330 government entities, which includes ministries and autonomous or semi-autonomous entities.

The team was made up of two representatives from the ministry, two researchers and a group of advanced students in computer engineering at the university.

The general objective of the project was to make a comprehensive, equitable and objective assessment of the open data portals currently available to the different governmental entities, ministries, autonomous institutions and municipalities, in Costa Rica through the application of a technical standard, according to Edgar Oviedo, project director.

The first stage of this research was carried out between August 2016 and last September and was divided into five stages. The authorities of the ministry determined that the analysis phase based on the application of the technical standard would concentrate only on the sites of ministries and other entities directly related to the central government.

For this reason, the group of experts studied only 19 ministries and four institutes led by officials with the rank of minister.

In November, a new stage began with the application of the methodology to the sites of the 81 local governments.

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The Ministry of the Presidency web portal ranked high in the index.

The standard, created by Instituto de Normas Técnicas de Costa Rica, has 50 evaluation requirements applied to each portal. The data collected was then unified in a matrix to show which items are met and which are not met.

For instance, in regards to the Ministry of the Presidency website, the experts found that the information is broad and is properly structured, which is why it is considered high quality and reaches an 80 percent compliance with the applied standards.

There are 17 institutions that do not have the standard, but 12 of them have a transparency section.

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Vol. 18, No. 413            
Published Friday, April 13, 2018            Seventh news page
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Gastronomy: a special guest at the International Arts Festival

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The XVI edition of the International Arts Festival offers gastronomic areas in the National Center of Culture and in the vicinity of the Plaza Máximo Fernández, also known as the Roosevelt Square.

The sites located in the culture center are called Café Tras Bambalinas, and will be open from 8 a.m. and until 9 p.m. starting today. The gastronomic area in the Plaza Máximo Fernández is located 100 meters west of the Roosevelt School and is called Roosevelt Street. It will be open from noon until 10 p.m.

The main factor of the gastronomic fair of the International Festival of the Arts is the Costa Rican identity,” Lindsay Jiménez, a spokeswoman for the festival, said. "The public that attends Roosevelt Street will be able to find a variety of foods, both traditional and modern, at very good prices, while those who visit Café Tras Bambalinas will find a kiosk that will take them to an old Costa Rica, those pulperías of our grandparents,” the spokeswoman added, noting that the products on sale come from the Santos Zone, Guanacaste, among others.

The gastronomic offerings on Roosevelt Street are available in six kiosks of traditional Costa Rican food from different areas of the country. In it, the Puriscal Chamber of Tourism offers dishes based on the famous pork rind of the area, accompanied by cassava, pickled banana and natural refreshment. All the products that they use to make the dishes are native to the zone.

In this area people can also find traditional sorbetera ice cream Doña Chela from La Garita de Alajuela.

The traditional Costa Rican food will also be represented by El Changarito, a kiosk that offers tacos and rice with chicken, among other products.

For lovers of seafood, Sabores del Mar Doña Lucía offers traditional meals as well as fish and shrimp empanadas. They also offer different types of chicken, among them the famous gallina achotada.

The products of typical local foods are also present in the area. The specialty of this kiosk are corn-based foods, such as empanadas and roasted tamales. The stand also offer pork tamales and peasant lunches.

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The Parrillada de don Alejandro complements the Calle Roosevelt offerings. In this kiosk visitors can find meat, chicken, chorizo ​​and the company’s specialty parrilladita Tica, as well as rice cooked in paila with mixed meats.

In Café Tras Bambalinas there is a grocery store and the Santos Bakery, which offers products also made in the Santos area and in Guanacaste. The menu is made out of biscuits, homemade bread, corn tamales, cheese empanadas and sandwiches made with whole meal bread, ham and cheese or vegetarian options.

To accompany these products, Los Santos Bakery offers coffee from the Los Santos area and a variety of teas, as well as cold drinks. The kiosk has a candy shop where people can find chopped candies, lollipops, caramels, and butter candies, among others.

The second weekend of the festival, will be the turn of the Fair of Costa Rican Gustico organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, and in which the Ministry of Culture and Youth has been actively collaborating. The event, which has attracted up to 30,000 people, will be held behind the Costa Rican Art Museum today through Sunday.