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A Dream of Efficiency: Costa Rica’s Border Improvements Will Allow a Single Office to Perform Documentation

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Costa Rica is resuming its plans to modernize the Paso Canoas border crossing with Panama. With limited space at the border, Costa Rican officals are weighing the option of building new offices some distance from the border, where documentation would be completed in a single office.

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Comex Modernization of Paso Canoas Resumes

The work of modernizing the border crossing at Paso Canoas again be under the direction of the Ministry of Foreign Trade (Comex), after a brief stint at the Ministry of Finance.

The move came at the Competitiveness Council, led by President of the Republic, Laura Chinchilla. Thus, returns to the original proposal that was approved in the Governing Council.

While former Minister Fernando Herrero was in the Treasury, that office was briefly co-ordination of works in Paso Canoas. After the departure of Smith, returns to the original situation.

Fernando Ocampo, Vice Minister of Ministry of Foreign Trade (Comex), recognized that this entity resumes the coordination of works in border crossing.

He said that at the border in the south is to exploit the expertise developed by Comex to coordinate works with 18 agencies at the border crossing of Peñas Blancas in the north.

Mario Montero, executive vice president of the Costa Rican Chamber of Food Industry (Cacia), recalled that business was very favorably with the announcement of modernization in Paso Canoas because Panama is a very important market.

He stressed that modernization and the option to have border-crossing (to recognize the roles in a single procedure) would be of great importance for trade.

Ocampo said the Comex is preparing a plan to modernize the border with Panama, which would be ready in a couple of months. The project will have specific measures to implement immediately and others to develop a modernization.

One of the problems of Paso Canoas is the existence of many shops and other buildings at mile border. Some of them are over 50 years.

In this situation, Ocampo said that a study of Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) stated that new buildings need not be at the border.

There are many examples in the world where, for the same problems, buildings have been built some distance from the Gaza border, said the deputy minister.

He added that funding will not be big problem because there is a government commitment to modernize Paso Canoas before the end of your period.

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