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Government announces more aggressive
program against tax evasion

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

President Carlos Alvarado, and the minister of Finance, Rocío Aguilar, have announced an aggressive plan against tax evasion through which they hope to recover $88 million during the second half of the year.

At a press conference Wednesday at the Presidential House, the top leaders explained that the plan will work according to 10 points which include using technological tools to control evasion as well as actions by the administrative and the tax police.

Among the measures is the intensification of collection from 800 taxpayers whose cases are in the judicial system. Those taxpayers will find embargoes applied to imports, rent payments, box office collections at public events and any other credit in favor of the debtors that are in a judicial collection process.

Aguilar said agents already started the plan by seizing the raw materials of a debtor company, which led the company to pay around $2.2 million in back taxes to the state.

"Another action is the plan of recovery of the money wired to deceased pensioners, which will be carried out in coordination with the National Pension Office," the finance minister said.

As part of the plan, the tax police will carry out at least 1,000 operations during the second semester of this year. These include the on-road review of the temporary importation regime under the category of tourism and transport of goods in strategic areas and the operational actions in customs warehouses.

In customs, the government announced the implementation of a new process for the selection of merchandise review, fully automated, which will radically change the manual process that has been done so far.

The tax department will strengthen the control plan for 117,000 taxpayers to determine why they declared zero taxes in the last fiscal period, the officials said. This action will be first applied to 1,500 taxpayers who are not complying with the obligation to use electronic invoices.

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The measures seek to recover up to $88 million
in unpaid taxes.


The department will begin to use email as an official means of taxpayer notification and, as of January, will implement the register of shareholders in its control plans. Both actions will be applied based on the powers granted by the anti-fraud law.

This national plan to fight against evasion also includes intensifying the use of the Denuncia YA (Denounce Now) application, made available by the Ministry of Finance to facilitate the filing of citizen complaints, which are fundamental for control actions.

Alvarado encouraged citizens to join the efforts to clean up public finances. To do this, he requested people use the app, available at www.hacienda.go.cr, to report those who do not give an invoice, refuse payment by credit card, evade the cancellation of taxes or introduce contraband to the country.


Immigration authorities reject 9 out
of every 10 refuge status requests

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Inter-institutional Commission that monitors the impact that the political crisis in Nicaragua showed the first results to the press at the National Convention Center in Heredia.

"For more than a month, the government has activated the Inter-institutional Commission to address the possible impacts of the Nicaraguan crisis on migration, border security, public health and Central American trade," said Vice President and Foreign Minister Epsy Campbell.

Campbell, who is also the coordinator of the commission, said that, despite the crisis, the entry of Nicaraguans to Costa Rica in border control posts has shown a downward trend in May and the first 17 days of June.

According to data from the General Directorate of Immigration, in February a total of 30,737 Nicaraguans arrived to Costa Rica. In March that number was 32,771, and in April there were 38,807. As of May, there is a downward trend, with 22,934 people arriving and in June, 10,405 Nicaraguan citizens.

The Director of Immigration, Raquel Vargas, said that "although Nicaragua is going through an important political crisis, the migratory flow on the northern border has not increased so far. However, the immigration staff is attentive to any extraordinary flow that occurs."

With regard to the increase in refugee claims, Campbell said that, "the extraordinary demand is here, in San José, and not because and not at the borders."

The institution received 1,449 requests for refugee status from Nicaraguans in June at its headquarters located in La Uruca, according to the directorate.

Vargas said they have detected a large number of applicants who live in Costa Rica and who, mistakenly, see refugee status as an opportunity to regularize their immigration status.

Vargas explained that foreign nationals who have been living in Costa Rica do not qualify to claim refugee status and are not entitled to economic aid.


"The refuge is a condition of legal permanence in the country," explained Vargas, after saying that "does not imply the delivery of any type of economic aid to those who request this category."


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Most of the refuge status requests take place in the La Uruca headquarters of the General Directorate of Immigration.


Currently, Costa Rica calls for those who seek refugee status to have well-founded fears that their lives are in danger due to race or gender, or belonging to a political or religious group.

So far this year, the Committee for Restricted Visas and Refuge has rejected, on average 9 out of 10 requests. The approval rate is 6 percent, since most cases fail to prove their condition under the law.

The requests are thoroughly analyzed by the directorate in coordination with security intelligence agencies such as Interpol and in compliance with the Convention on the Status of Refugees, officials said.

Campbell also announced that the government is actively pursuing an international cooperation strategy to strengthen immigration services and promptly address the extraordinary demand taking place in San José.

Monday, authorities held a coordination meeting with representatives of the International Organization for Migration , the Pan American Health Organization, the U. N. High Commissioner for Refugees and the Spanish Cooperation Agency.


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Country regretted the U.S. decision
to withdraw from the Human Rights Council

By AM Costa Rica staff

President Carlos Alvarado said he did not consider the United States decision to leave the U.N. Human Rights Council to be appropriate due to the need for atrocities against humanity to be resolved.

"Costa Rica is a defender of multilateralism as a way of handling relations in the globalized world. We believe that it should be from multilateralism, the forums, that these issues should be discussed and resolved, so we consider we regret that withdrawal," said the president.

"We believe, and that is the position of Costa Rica, that many of the situations that the world lives in today must be discussed in a multilateral space where different subjects are discussed and seen in both human rights and democracy scopes," he added.

Tuesday, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, announced that her country was withdrawing from the Human Rights Council, which she called a "nest of political motivations."

"We took this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain part of a hypocritical and self-centered organization that makes a mockery of human rights," Haley said.

The American diplomat no longer hid her nation’s differences with the council, saying the council has feelings biased against Israel, and criticized the presence of countries that the government considers should not have a seat on the council due to rampant civil rights violations in those countries. She cited, among others, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Cuba as members with terrible human rights records.

The Human Rights Council was created in 2006 to replace an older human rights commission and is made up of 47 member countries chosen by absolute majority in the General Assembly of the United Nations.

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Nikki Haley called the council’s makeup 'hypocritical'.


In June 2017, Haley had already demanded a reform of the council, and this year Washington promoted a draft resolution that would have caused profound changes in that group.

Among the U.S. proposals is one that would allow countries accused of committing human rights violations to be excluded from membership by a simple majority in the assembly and not by a two-thirds vote.

Haley also demanded that the issue of human rights in Palestine not be included in the agenda in a systematic and constant manner. She said that the council had passed more resolutions condemning Israel that those naming all other nations.





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Artisans take advantage of new e-commerce platform

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rican artisans can promote their products in the NOVICA e-commerce platform, which has a social orientation and is associated with National Geographic, according to the promoter of foreign trade.

Indigenous masks from the Boruca people, Chorotega indigenous ceramics, wood pieces, glass, silver and leather jewelry, recycled bags and more, are part of the products found in the handmade in Costa Rica catalog, included in the platform.

"NOVICA is an excellent platform to display the handicrafts produced in Costa Rica before the international market, all under very high quality standards," said Álvaro Piedra, director of the foreign trade promotion agency.

He added that this online exhibit is beneficial for a business segment that needs a greater boost for the development of their businesses.

"NOVICA empowers the artist by giving voice and vote, always under the concepts of fair trade,” said its representative, Diego Chacón.

Chacón said that, thanks to the diversity and good quality of the Costa Rican offerings, the response on the platform has been very positive.

The NOVICA platform is now able to place handicrafts in more than 100 countries under the slogan, "Spread Happiness," with the commitment to connect artisans with global customers who have a social conscience, build a sustainable business for this type of art and preserve artistic traditions.

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An example of an indigenous Boruca mask,
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The promotion agency intends to continue promoting e-commerce to help entrepreneurs to get on platforms such as Amazon and explore the options they offer in countries such as Canada, Mexico and Japan.


The artisans involved in the initiative also expressed their satisfaction with the platform.

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Published Thursday, June 21, 2018  - Fourth news page
Emergency Committee declares Green and Yellow Alert
for heavy rains as well as the arrival of a tropical wave
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Due to the constant rains that have recently fallen and those foreseen for the rest of the week, the National Commission for Risk Prevention and Emergency Care declared a yellow alert for the areas of La Cruz in Guanacaste, Upala, Los Chiles, Guatuso and San Carlos.

A preventive green alert is being declared for the entire Pacific, except La Cruz and the Central Valley.

According to the report of the National Meteorological Institute, atmospheric disturbances have been generated in southern Central America, and are causing rains and electrical storms in the country.

In addition, Tropical Wave 7 will be crossing the territory today.

As a result of the strong rainy conditions last week, 259 incidents were reported in different areas of the country.

The commission is actively reporting incidents linked to floods in areas such as Upala, La Cruz de Guanacaste and in the southern cantons of Corredores and Coto Brus, where some basins of these areas have become fully saturated.

Alexander Solís, president of the committee said they are mobilizing staff to support municipalities.

Tuesday's rains caused floods in several communities of the canton of Upala, includingVilla Nueva, El Delirio, Los Ledezma, San Bosco, Chimurria and Burma, as well as the road in the communities of Brasilia and Santa Cecilia.

As a preventive measure, three shelters are being prepared: in the Quebradón Community Hall, in the El Delirio Community Hall in Upala and in the Santa Cecilia community hall in La Cruz, Guanacaste.
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The committee calls on families living in areas vulnerable to landslides, floods and saturated soils to monitor their surroundings and weather conditions at a local level.


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Published Thursday, June 21, 2018  - Fifth news page
Legislative Assembly approves a fast track
procedure to bring water to Guanacaste

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Legislative Assembly approved a procedure to expedite the approval of a bill for the development of a water supply project for the middle basin of the Tempisque River and coastal communities.

The initiative includes the modification of the limits of the Lomas de Barbudal Biological Reserve and the construction of a water distribution and conduction network.

This infrastructure consists of 300 new kilometers of canals in the cantons of Carrillo, Santa Cruz and Nicoya, includes the construction of the reservoir on the Piedras River and a dam to generate hydroelectric energy.

The legislator of the Citizen’ Action Party, Welmer Ramos, said the project will provide the cantons of Carrillo, Santa Cruz and Nicoya with enough water for human consumption and development of productive activities.

"We can take advantage of part of this water resource to increase agricultural production in an area that urgently requires employment. Therefore, we want this project to be approved very soon," said the legislator.


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Welmer Ramos, legislator of the Citizens' Action Party.


"Costa Rica, particularly the region favored by the project, must take all possible actions to face the droughts and consequences of climate change. That's why the Guanacastans are waiting for this project that implies a significant improvement in their lives," he added.


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Published Thursday, June 21, 2018  - Sixth news page
Hospital Mexico will inaugurate its new medical tower in 2020

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

In order to eradicate the surgery crisis currently affecting Hospital México, the Board of Directors of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund approved the construction of a new four-story medical tower in this hospital services center.

This was reported by the executive president of the fund, Fernando Llorca, who said the new building annexed to Hospital Mexico, will mean an end to the lack of operating rooms.

"Hospital Mexico has been suffering from a crisis in operating rooms for several years. In the last two years, existing operating rooms and temporary operating rooms were rehabilitated, but the definitive solution is the total award of this construction with 21 completely new operating rooms,” said Llorca.

Also, the new building will have an intensive care unit and obstetrics.

"Mexico Hospital continues to have an important maternity unit because it has populations that directly consult as La Carpio, Tibás and La Uruca. In addition, it will attend deliveries of complexity of people coming from Alajuela, Heredia and Guanacaste," said the president of the fund.

After an analysis of legal, administrative, financial, technical, and price, the construction contract was awarded to Estructuras S.A.

According to engineer Jorge Granados of the Infrastructure and Technology Management, the work of 18,477 square meters includes the construction of a new area of 12,527 m2, the remodeling of 1,873 m2 and external works of 4,077 m2.

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Hospital Mexico will have 21 new operating
rooms by 2020


The new tower at the La Uruca complex has a cost of $45 million and is expected to be ready in 2020, once the Comptroller General of the Republic endorses the contract.



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Published Thursday, June 21, 2018  - Seventh news page
Municipality of Mora strengthens
ties with Korean municipalities

By A.M. Costa Rica news

A delegation of representatives of the Association of Municipalities of Social Solidarity Economy of South Korea visited the Canton de Mora in order to strengthen ties with this community.

The event took place June 6.

As part of the activities scheduled for this visit, there was a tour through a large part of the Mora canton, which included the University for Peace, where the delegation showed interest, due to the process of pacification that South Korea and North Korea are experiencing, according to municipal officials.

In addition, a presentation was given on the cultural management of this canton, which was recently awarded the 2018 national culture prize.

For Koreans, the visit meant an opportunity to learn more about the lifestyle of the Costa Ricans, which they define as calm compared to the Korean style, which is accelerated and stressful.

"I really like that people here have time to enjoy the landscape. In my country people do not do it. They live in a hurry. We took that example to Korea," said King Young, executive director of the Association of Municipalities of Social Solidarity Economy of South Korea.

Gilberto Monge Pizarro, mayor of Mora, described the visit as "very profitable, since it allowed us to approach a country that can teach us a lot about smart cities, especially on the efficient use of technology."


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The visit seeks to bond both cultures for
the betterment of their cities.


As part of the activities organized for this visit, several cultural presentations were made. One of the most liked by the Asian delegation, was the marimba. As for gastronomy, the traditional rice pudding was one of the most praised dishes, municipal officials said.


Monge said this type of activity serves to create very positive synergies, in which solidarity development options are generated, for the benefit of the entire community.

Police discovers hydroponic marijuana hidden in mountain

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Drug Control Police of the Ministry of Public Security found a hydroponic marijuana setup that was hidden in a mountain on Cerro Chocuacos in Buenos Aires, Puntarenas, in the southern zone of the country.

The operation was discovered because it was built as a modern vivarium covered with special tarps, solar panels that collect sunlight and batteries that stored energy.


This newest discovery is just one of 21 marijuana plantations that were eradicated in the most recent mountain operation directed by police.

The mission included the work of the Border Police, the Air Surveillance Service, the Police Intervention Unit, and officers of the National Police of Guatuso and the Valle de la Estrella.


The authorities report that they walked for hours through the mountainous terrain, where they discovered the 21 plantations and the 116,959 marijuana plants, which were destroyed one by one by the officers.

The police also found in a laboratory that was hidden inside a mountain where they located several bags of dry marijuana and undried marijuana plants inside plastic bags and pots. So far this year, Public Security authorities have eradicated 950,706 marijuana plants.


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The plants were destroyed one by one by the police.