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Published November 24, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
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Arsenic poisoned water issue was hidden by authorities

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

For at least two years, the Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA), its National Water Laboratory (LNA), the Ministry of Health and the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity (ICE), were aware that water meant for human consumption was polluted with arsenic, but they kept the information hidden from the press and the population.

This was revealed by an investigation carried out by the Office of the Ombudsman, between 2013 and 2016.

The study followed problems with water in Guanacaste and northern areas and the compliance of a ruling by the Constitutional Court that obliged related institutions to investigate the issue and inform the population.

According to the final report of the Office of the Ombudsman, the AyA registered data on arsenic contamination (greater than 10 micrograms per liter, which is the maximum established by the World Health Organization) in Bagaces and Cañas since 2009, but the AyA did not make it public until September 2011.

The research implies there was an intention to keep the findings on arsenic contamination out of the public eye, because a report made in January 2011 by the director of the National Water Laboratory (LNA), Darner Mora Alvarado, stated: "Do not communicate at the moment to the press." In addition, the report recommended, "not to alarm the population with yellowish information".

"The information on the year in which the problem was identified was kept from the media until September 2011. Before the residents of Agua Caliente -and before the Ombudsman's Office- that information was hidden," said the study sent to the entities the Ombudsman Montserrat Solano Carboni.

The report of the Ombudsman adds that since 2009, the LNA informed the Ministry of Health about the arsenic in the water, but this Ministry did not inform the population either.

Both Mora and the former Minister of Health, María Luisa Ávila (2006-2011), argued that there was no intention to cover up such data.

According to Mora, what he said in the letter to the executive president was to be very careful when dealing with the press, and very careful not to alarm people with a topic that wasn't known at the time.

Ávila said she could not read the report of the full Ombudsman but said: "I have always said that in health related issues there should be no information that is hidden, because it implies a high risk for the population."

The former minister recalled some meetings in which the subject was discussed, but said that the only measure that was taken was the placement of filters.

In addition, the doctor forwarded the 2010 State of the Nation Report (published in August 2011) to emphasize that there was a known problem of arsenic contamination.

On this, the Ombudsman reiterated that the information was made public in 2011 and not immediately in 2009 when the contamination was detected.

"The communities have complained a thousand and one times about the lack of information and I can assure you that these communities do not receive the State of the Nation," said Solano.

Solano highlighted that the research carried out now is listening to the communities that have begged for attention and information.

The Ombudsman's report also states that, contrary to disclosing the findings, the AyA tried to increase the maximum amount of arsenic allowed in the water.

Arsenic is associated with diseases such as cancer, chronic kidney disease, and hydroarcenicism. The latter is not a disease as such, but a group of side effects caused by long-term exposure to arsenic in drinking water. Click Here to read: The presence of arsenic in drinking water in Latin America and its effects on public health.

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The northern areas of Guanacaste were the most affected by arsenic contaminated water.

The Ombudsman's research found that while completing research on geothermal projects, the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity discovered the presence of arsenic in the water even before 2009.

"The information held by ICE, had been made available and could have warned of the possibilities of exposure to service providers, neighbors and entities in charge of the protection of the resource," said the Ombudsman.

Meanwhile, the AyA's executive president, Yamileth Astorga, said she could not refer to what happened before her administration (she took office in 2014); nevertheless, she denied that the affected communities had been abandoned.

Astorga said that the regulations of each country, with respect to water for human consumption, are modified according to knowledge and technology.

"No one imagined - because there were no studies of our groundwater - that these sources, which are natural, had contamination by chemical elements such as arsenic."

Astorga said the said chemicals come from natural and volcanic sources. She also said she spoke directly with each people in each one of the affected communities and actions were taken such as closing water sources or implementing water filtration plants to remove the arsenic. 

According to the Ombudsman's Office, since 1997 the Ministry of Health is obliged, by decree, to take actions to ensure water quality, including the study on the arsenic content.

The Ombudsman says that these actions should have been taken by 2002, but that the tests were not carried out until 2009.

In its report, the institution agreed that there were omissions in the duty to know the quality of water, by the Ministry of Health, and the AyA, the Aqueduct and Sanitary Sewer Systems the  Ministry of Environment and Energy  and the National Service of Groundwater Irrigation and Drainage.

On March 2012 an executive decree of emergency identified 23 villages in the cantons of La Cruz, Bagaces and Cañas, in Guanacaste and the canton of San Carlos de Alajuela, where people were exposed to arsenic contamination, according to the investigation.

In June 2013, the Constitutional Chamber accepted an appeal for relief filed by residents of Guanacaste’s northern areas, and indicated that the AyA and the Ministry of Health, in coordination with other institutions, should determine scientifically, within a period of six months, the cause of contamination.

The magistrates also ordered that these studies should be made public and that water quality should be re-evaluated every three months.

They also ordered that, while the tests were done, the institutions will ensure that the populations received clean water.

According to the Ombudsman, however,  39 additional communities were added to the list of effected communities between 2009 and 2016. They include Liberia, Los Chiles, San Mateo, Palmares, Esparza, Golfito, Limón, and Matina.

Judicial prosecutor shot dead in front of his house

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

On Wednesday night,  Costa Rican Prosecutor, Hans De La O Solís, was shot dead in front of his home for reasons that are under investigation, the Public Ministry said yesterday. Solís worked in the Flagrancia Public Prosecutor's Office in Heredia.

"De La O, 43, left his job at 11:00 pm and was attacked 50 minutes later in front of his house in Desamparados (San Jose), six shots were fired, and although he was transferred alive to the San Juan de Dios Hospital, he later passed away," explains a press statement sent Thursday Morning.

The Attorney General, Emilia Navas said that, "a thorough investigation is essential to determine whether the act is a product of his work as prosecutor, because, if so, we would be facing an event that would exceed limits."

"We will not allow the Public Prosecutor's Office to be weakened with this type of act that has the purpose of intimidating the officials who carry out their duty day by day," she said.

The head of the Public Ministry confirmed that the homicide is being investigated by the Deputy Prosecutor's Office against Organized Crime and the Judicial Investigation Agency, to clarify the facts, identify the responsible persons, and determine the reasons.
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The victim was identified as Hans de la O Solís.

"Within the legal framework and with absolute respect for rights, but with all the tools available in our legal system, we will solve this case to demonstrate that our justice system cannot be touched," said the attorney general.

She also stated that she is committed to taking all the necessary actions to protect the life, integrity and institutionality of each and every one of the Public Ministry officials.

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Canadian activists seek transparency in the Crucitas case

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Three Canadian associations asked their government to support the  investigation carried out by Emilia Navas, attorney general a.i. of the Public Ministry, after reopening of the Crucitas case to clarify the role played by Óscar Arias, former president of the Republic between 2006 and 2010.

Mining Watch Canada, Common Frontiers Canada and The Council of Canadians Acting for Social Justice signed a petition addressed to the Canadian Attorney General's Office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada urging an effective collaboration before any request is made by the judicial authorities.

The subject of the investigation is the participation of Arias in the signing of the decree of national convenience and public interest for the Crucitas mining project, owned by the Canadian company Infinito Gold in Cutris de San Carlos.

Through 2 requests for information in Canada (with the numbers # 3214-00572 and # 3213-00966), dated in 2013 and 2014, we could verify that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police was in contact with Interpol in this case.

Despite the importance of the Costa Rican request, any information that could be gathered and transmitted to the Department of Justice was never shared by Canada with Costa Rican officials.

"This apparent unwillingness of the Canadian authorities to provide the requested documentation allowed Jorge Chavarría (suspended public prosecutor) to justify the dismissal of the investigation against the former president," cites the letter, issued on November 21st.

Roberto Dobles, former Minister of the Environment (2006-2010), went to trial in 2015 for the case.

The file 12-000124-0621-PE against Arias for possible malfeasance was opened after a complaint made by Mining Watch Canada. In the complaint it was pointed out that the Arias Foundation for Peace and Progress apparently  received a donation of $200,000 from Infinito Gold, just days before the decree of national convenience was signed.

In September 2014, the Deputy Prosecutor for Probity, Transparency and Anticorruption requested a dismissal of the case against Arias, stating that there was no evidence for a formal accusation.

The decision was made when there was the possibility of negotiating with the North American country for the delivery of new documentation for the case.

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The Crucitas Mining project haunts
former president Oscar Arias.

Despite the fact that the information was considered necessary to clarify the case, Attorney General Chavarría decided not to continue with the request. In 2015, a criminal court dismissed the case.

With the arrival of Emilia Navas, the case was reopened on November 2nd. Six days later the former president was investigated in the General Prosecutor's Office.

Oscar Arias arrived at the Prosecutor's Office on November 8th.

"The case against former President Arias is under investigation, so it has not yet been decided if he will be charged or if, on the contrary, a dismissal will be requested," said the Public Prosecutor's Office.

Roberto Dobles, former Minister of the Environment in the Arias administration, went to trial accused of malfeasance for endorsing the decree. That is to say, the document was signed by him and by Arias but only Dobles was sentenced to three years in prison. However, in December of that same year, a higher court annulled the sentence and ordered a new trial.

"We urge the Canadian government to cooperate with the appropriate Costa Rican authorities to provide the necessary documentation in a complete and timely manner," Canadian organizations said.

Infinito Gold, the company that tried to exploit the gold mining project filed an international arbitration requesting a payment of $321 million from Costa Rica for the failure of the project. This process is currently active at the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) of the World Bank.

A small fire hits Hotel del Rey

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

On Wednesday, at the El Rey Hotel in San Jose, a small fire caused the evacuation of guests and personnel.  Firefighters were called due to smoke and fire coming from the third floor. By 8 pm the situation was declared under control according to the Benemérito Cuerpo de Bomberos.

After the arrival of the firemen, the people who were in the building were evacuated immediately and remained near the 5-story building in the vicinity of Morazán Park in San Jose, until the hotel was declared safe to re-enter.

A total of 10 extinguishing machines were dispatched from the Central Fire Department in Barrio Luján, Pavas, Barrio México, Desamparados and Tibás stations to deal with the emergency.

There are no reports of people affected by smoke or flames, only material damage.

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Published November 24, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
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Scientists discover the “venadero dog” in Costa Rica

By A.M Costa Rica staff

A species of mammal new to Costa Rica was found in the Las Tablas protection zone, located in Coto Brus of Puntarenas in May 2016.

The information was released on September through Neotropical site.

Until now, it was believed that this species could only be found from Argentina to the eastern region of Panama. However, with its appearance in Costa Rica, its range has changed as has the elevation of its habitat. Prior to its discovery in Costa Rica, it was believed that the animal lived in a range up to 600 meters, but the Costa Rican discovery was made at 1700 meters.

Although its appearance is uncommon, it has been possible to determine different characteristics that identify it. The animal, a canid and related to dogs, is of medium size and grows to about 30 cm in height, 70 cm in length and has a weight of 7 to 10 kilos. The venadero has short legs and a brown and black coat.

"It's a pretty particular dog, it's a family of dogs and it has an appearance that looks like a dwarf animal, they walk in small groups, no more than five, they're like most members of the dog family, hunters in a group," according to the scientific director of the Water and Land Conservation Project (PROCAT) and the Sierra to Sea Costa Rica Foundation, José González May, who were in charge of directing the research.

The discovery was made jointly by both organizations. These dogs are predators that feed on medium and small mammals that can be hunted, for example rabbits and mice, although in South America it is common to see them chasing deer.

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The new found dog feeds on small
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"In the country we do not believe that this is their main diet, we believe that they are only medium and small mammals, they are diurnal and being on the border with Panama are even rarer than elsewhere," González explained.

For the scientific community this discovery is important because it helps to enrich the historical research that the country has had on this subject, according to the expert.

"This finding is also important because it is a call to rethink the conservation policy of the country considering that we have more species than we believe and these require special attention to ensure their conservation," added the director of PROCAT.
Trawling issue cracks relationship between
presidency and its own legislators

By A.M Costa Rica staff

The shrimp trawling issue has left the government on one side and the legislators and the Citizen Action Party (PAC) candidate Carlos Alvarado on the other.

Presidential candidate Alvarado’s opposition to the licensing agreement is based on the environmental damage trawling does to the environment. He does not think it is within the power of executive branch to change the licensing.

While the government presented on Tuesday the agreement to promote new licenses for what they called sustainable shrimp fishing, Alvarado said he opposes the issue.

"This is my position even from the pre-campaign, we reject trawling and we are respectful of what the Constitutional Chamber said in 2013," said the presidential candidate.

The candidate refers to the vote of the Constitutional Chamber that stopped the practice because of the negative impact it has on the environment until it was demonstrated, through scientific studies, that it could be carried out in a sustainable manner.

The Executive President of the Costa Rican Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Incopesca), Gustavo Meneses, with the backing of the executive power insists on promoting the technique for shrimp capture.

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New permits for shrimp trawling have sparked
lots of discussion in the legislature this week.

So far, it is not possible to corroborate the scientific support of the Incopesca studies because the agency has refused to release documents to the board of directors.

The announcement of new licenses rekindled the debate on the technique by raising the discussion of a bill that would revive the technique. The initiative is discussed in the Environment Commission at the Legislative Assembly.

The Broad Front legislator and presidential candidate, Edgardo Araya, said that the support of the PAC and his own caucus would add four votes to kill the initiative.







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Domestic violence a serious national issue
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Costa Rican Ombudsman's Office is alarmed by the numbers of cases of violence against women in the country, which have shown an upward trend in recent years, according to official figures from the institution.

"The Judiciary indicated that an average of 100 domestic violence complaints were filed for every 10,000 inhabitants in 2016. That year we recorded the highest number of cases: 64,509 in total, showing an increase of 3.84% (2,384 cases) in comparison to 2015,"  said the Ombudsman’s office.

This data has released in commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

The Office of the Ombudsman pointed out that the rate of complaints at the national level before the Public Prosecutor's Office is 41 complaints per 10,000 inhabitants.

The institution said that, between 2010 and 2016, 326,881 applications for protective measures were received, an average of 132 per day.

"The abuse marks a gradual growth, going from 27.3% in 2012 to 37.0% in 2016, while non-compliance with protection measures between 31% and 34%," added the Costa Rican Ombudsman.

The institution also explained that from 2007 to 2015, 139,501 new cases were received by criminal prosecutors for crimes contemplated in the Law on Criminalization of Violence against Women.

Of the total cases, 8% were associated with the criminalization of violence against women and domestic violence involving women under 19.

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In 2017, 25 femicides have taken place,
according to the Judiciary.

The Ombudsman also said this year 24 women have been victims of femicide in Costa Rica, a figure that stood at 26 in 2012, 18 in 2013, 24 in 2014, and 27 in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

"The Ombudsman urges the authorities to take action to address the situation of violence," said the institution. "We have insisted that the development of public policies must be accompanied by action plans that are viable, measurable and with budgetary content, which effectively affect the right of women to a life free of violence, "

"Violence against women is definitely a flagrant violation of human rights, it is an offense to human dignity, to life, to privacy and is a manifestation of the historically unequal power relations between men and women," said the official statement.

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Visit many rental options to actually experience the price/amenity options available in more of the areas chosen by Expats for security, comfort, and quality of life.

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Tropical Homes of Costa Rica is offering the best selection of vacation homes, condos and long-term rental homes in Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito on  the Pacific Gold Coast of Guanacaste. A wide selection of private residencies is providing an excellent choice for  your stay in this beautiful part of Costa Rica.We are offering homes for every budget and every need. Please visit our Web page at or contact us at or call at (506) 2654-5442

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Published November 24, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
Real estate
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Female political participation will be closely
monitored by newly created observatory

A.M. Costa Rica staff

Several organizations have joined efforts to create the Women's Observatory for National Elections, whose main purpose is to follow the political participation of women in the next electoral process to be held in February 2018.

The initiative is supported by the United Nations System in Costa Rica, the Center for Research in Women's Studies of the University of Costa Rica, the Embassy of the Netherlands and the United Nations Development Program.

These groups have stated that guaranteeing gender equality, mainly at the political level, is the only way to achieve sustainable development, since the statistics show that female political representation, far from increasing, decreased in 33.3%; in the case of the legislature.

In the electoral process of 2014, it was expected that there would be an increase in the presence of women in the Legislative Assembly and the Executive Power, but not even 50% was reached.

In 2006 and 2010, female representation accounted for 38.6%, one of the highest percentages reached so far, but it decreased.

Montserrat Sagot, Director of the Center for Research in Women's Studies at the University of Costa Rica, emphasized that this situation should concern the entire Costa Rican society.

"Our country has received a call to action from the United Nations Committee that follows up on the Convention for the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women," she said.

Alice H. Shackelford, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System in Costa Rica, explained that this is a tool that seeks to provide information on the participation of women in electoral processes, also on the implementation of horizontal parity, the contents of their programs and resources or mechanisms available to denounce political violence by gender.”

Universidad de Costa Rica photo        
Montserrat Sagot, Director of the Center for Research
in Women's Studies at the University of Costa Rica.

"Although the Observatory begins in the present electoral campaign, it is a long-term initiative, where we want to build a longer strategy for the political empowerment of women in Costa Rica," said Shackelford. .

According to a press release from the United Nations System in Costa Rica, "the Observatory seeks to monitor the sexism and political violence that women experience in electoral processes, as well as to promote the creation of a feminist agenda on women's rights Women's Rights throughout the country's electoral process in the light of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development promoted by the United Nations."

The Women's Observatory for National Elections can be found on the website where information on women's rights in political parties and a history of women's electoral political participation will be provided.

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Bohemian Road Trip
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A.M. Costa Rica's
Sixth News Page

Published November 24, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
Real Estate
About us

Innovation took off in the Brunca Region
By AM Costa Rica staff

Last Nov 22 and 23, the Brunca Region celebrated the 1st Region Brunca Innovation Congress, with the aim of generating differentiated high value-added ventures, through innovation in products and services and technological development.

This activity was organized by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce (MEIC) and the National Learning Institute (INA), is a space for small and medium-sized entrepreneurs in the region and officials of institutions supporting the productive sector to exchange experiences in the application of innovation and technological development to improve business competitiveness.

Participants also had the opportunity to learn about the programs and instruments of development that exist in the country, as a basis for the preparation of projects and their application to financing options.

"Innovation is a key element, not only to achieve greater competitiveness, but to increase the productivity of companies; in so much it allows to maximize its resources, efforts, capacities and scopes. We seek to provide tools to advance in the incorporation of innovation in different sectors, but also in the various stages of production processes," said Geannina Dinarte, Minister of Economy, Industry and Commerce.
Ministry of Economy photo    
The Congress aims to push the development
of the Brunca region.

According to the MEIC, during the two days, there were several conferences on the creation of innovative ideas, industry 4.0, neuromarketing, and innovation for competitiveness, among others.

"In the National Learning Institute we reaffirm our commitment to the different actors that make up the labor and productive market, that is why we seek, to create spaces for the exchange of knowledge," said Minor Rodríguez, Executive President of INA.
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Versatile 2 Floors Building for Sale
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Approximately 323 meter construction. $295,000. Contact  Jim Holley, E-Mail: Local CR phone: (506) 8912-5651


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Lot size is 500 square meters, total construction about 212 square meters, with living area of about 156 square meters. Three bedrooms (or two and an office), two and one half baths, shop/storage of about 30 square meters. Carport with space for two cars about 30 square meters. Completely fenced property. The area is peaceful and very secure.  For complete information click here

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* There are 88 clear titled lots.
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A.M. Costa Rica

Seventh News Page Business
Published November 24, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
Real Estate
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Costa Rican investors bet on local talent

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Two Costa Rican audiovisual companies made investments in the Second Round of Investments in Businesses of Dynamic Growth, focused this year on the Orange or Creative Economy, an activity carried out within the framework of the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW).

During the event, held on Thursday 9 and Monday 13 November, two companies of digital animation and one of videogames presented their proposals to 4 national investors, through the dynamic known as "Shark Tank,” in which each entrepreneur exposes his proposal with a short presentation or "pitch" before a group of investors.

Starting with an amount close to US $50,000 as seed capital, investors contributed to projects whose total amounts exceed the quarter of a million dollars. This first investment sets a precedent for more national or foreign investors to join these businesses and thus complete the total capital needed for the realization of productive projects in the Orange Economy.

Specifically, they will be assigned to the development of a videogame of the company Green Lava Studios and to the production of a pilot of a children's animated series by Rocket Cartoons. In addition to the investment, both will benefit from the knowledge, experience and contacts of the investors, with whom they will share risks and opportunities.

Green Lava Studios and Rocket Cartoons are recognized companies in the field, which have maturity and experience as producers and exporters of Orange intellectual property.

As part of the preparation for the round, presenters attended training and accompaniment sessions to optimize their proposals.

Daniel Rojas, co-founder of Rocket Cartoons, said: "Participating in the investment rounds was a new experience, which we have learned a lot from, and we are very happy to be part of the first investment initiatives of the Orange Economy in Costa Rica and we are more determined than ever to continue our journey in the development and production of original Costa Rican content.”

Ministry of Culture photo
Creative industries generate 2.2% of the country's GDP, according to the Ministerio de Cultura.

According to Eduardo Ramírez, director of Green Lava Studios: "This is a great step to demonstrate the profitability of the Costa Rican video game development industry, we will use all our experience to benefit those involved and other studies with future projects like ours."

Investor Carlos Herrera said: "The talent in Costa Rica is impressive, I had no idea that animation companies were competing with the same quality as the world's powers. Presenting this showcase represents a golden opportunity to encourage the development of companies financed privately and thus contribute to the growth of the country. "

The activity is the result of a public-private initiative, organized by the Culture and Economy Unit (UCE) of the Ministry of Culture and Youth (MCJ), PSCR Programa Semilla S.R.L. e Investments and Capital Rotating ÍCARO, S.A.

The Orange Economy, which includes sectors such as Audiovisual, Editorial, Advertising, Music and Design, contributed in 2012 with more than 10,000 companies, a production or turnover exceeding 926,000 million colones, more than 40,000 employed persons and 2.2 % of GDP, exceeding the contribution of the hotel industry and electricity supply nationwide.

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