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Costa Rica: Government's Multisectoral Dialogue Advances

  • Demonstrators wave flags during a protest against the government's talks with the FMI on the aid package, San Jose, Costa Rica, Oct. 12, 2020

    Demonstrators wave flags during a protest against the government's talks with the FMI on the aid package, San Jose, Costa Rica, Oct. 12, 2020 | Photo: EFE

Published 11 November 2020
Opinion

Since October 23, representatives of some 60 organizations from nine sectors have been participating in the dialogue.

Focused on fiscal and public debt management issues, the 7th session of the multisectoral dialogue convened by Costa Rica's government began on Wednesday.

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Tax evasion, tax avoidance and fraud, and the management of state assets will be also included in the talks which seek to find solutions to the health, economic, and social crisis sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

"We hope that with the same sense of responsibility and commitment to which the country is calling us, we can once again announce measures that will come to clean up public finances," the Minister of Human Development Juan Bermudez stressed.

"Lets build together the Costa Rica we expect," Bermudez added as he recalled that the sessions are being held at the Convention Center in the capital San Jose.

President Carlos Alvarado announced that 24 agreements were reached last weekend, including the advancement of the Digital Treasury and the mandatory use of the Integrated Public Procurement System (SICOP).

Since October 23, representatives of some 60 organizations from 9 sectors have been participating in the dialogue that should deliver the first final report on November 20.

In October, several mobilizations were seen in the country due to negotiations with the International Monetary Fund on a US $1,750 million economic aid package that included new taxes and the sale of public entities.

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