QCOSTARICA – 38% of the colombian companies who have invested in the country are dedicated to services, 28% to industry, 11% to construction and 23% to tourism, commerce or agriculture, says a report by Proclombia.
The service, food and manufacturing sectors are generating the most interest among Colombian investors, who in the last ten years have invested about US$750 million in Costa Rica.
Data from Procolombia added that in the same period, the Costa Rica has invested just US$269 million in Colombia.
Estimates from the Costa Rican Coalition for Development Initiatives (Coalición Costarricense de Iniciativas de Desarrollo – CINDE) indicate that “… The Colombians account for 33% of production and sales of paint, 15% of Costa Rican bank credit and a fifth of the major supermarkets in the country. In the last decade, 70 Colombian companies have been established in Costa Rica. ”
Ricardo Callejos, Vice President of Exports at ProColombia said in an article on Revistamyt.com that “… Interest in Costa Rica lies in the cultural closeness of the two nations, as well as having a strategic location which allows Colombia to expand its distribution to the Caribbean. Furthermore, it is the country that has the most commercial movement in Central America.”