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Easier Border Crossing? Maybe It Can Happen, Panama and Costa Rica Agree on Border Integration

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Panama and Costa Rica have agreed to develop a design for an Integrated Control Center at the common border of Paso Canoas. According to the Costa Rican Ministry of Foreign Trade (COMEX), both countries aim to harmonize and simplify the procedures required for passage across the border, while maintaining control and safeguarding the powers of each country.

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Costa Rica and Panama Modernize Common Border

Costa Rica and Panama agreed to advance the design of an Integrated Control Centre (ICC) in the common border of Paso Canoas, in order to optimize the movement of people and goods between two countries, according to the Costa Rican Ministry of Foreign Trade (COMEX).

With the creation of the ICC, both countries intend to harmonize and simplify the procedures required for passage across the border, maintaining control and safeguarding the powers of each country. “We aim to upgrade border posts to improve the competitiveness of the country. International trade is vital for development, an effort of this kind will not only benefit bilateral trade, but our position on strategic partners,” said Deputy Foreign Trade of Costa Rica, Fernando Ocampo.

The authorities of both countries hope to have a proposal for development of the ICC before the end of this year, for which there will be a needs analysis of infrastructure, equipment and procedures at the border post. The project, which could start in 2013, will finance the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB) through a cooperative project non-refundable.

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