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President signs law to reduce the 2021 Marchamo

QCOSTARICA - President Carlos Alvarado, signed on Friday the law reducing the vehicle property tax on the 2021 Marchamo, awith which he authorizes a reduction in the rate of the vehicle property tax. The signing took place at Casa Presidencial in the morning, log with...

Political parties turn their back on Government’s second attempt at dialogue

QCOSTARICA - The second attempt at dialogue by the Executive Power to define the route to follow in search of a solution to the fiscal and economic crisis and the unemployment problem, is beginning to stumble. The fractions of the political parties Restauración Nacional (PRN),...

Marchamo reduction enters crucial stage in Congress

QCOSTARICA - The race is for a reduction of the property tax of the annual circulation permit, the Marchamo, to be approved into law before November 1, the date on which the Government will begin to collect this tax. To achieve this, on Wednesday legislators...

In Costa Rica, the Legislative Assembly is the power of the people

RICO'S DIGEST - Today is day 7 of protests, roadblocks, and violence in response to President Carlos Alvarado and the Executive Branch of the government's plan for new taxes, among others, to negotiate a US$1.75 billiion dollar loan with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This...

A day of “National Protest”

QCOSTARICA - Wednesday, September 30, was a day of national protest in Costa Rica. People took to the streets in many parts of the country, blocking major roads, protesting in front of the Ministry of Finance and Legislative Assembly in downtown San Jose. This was...

What is the economic blow this new virus will be to the country and people of Costa Rica?

The economic impact of the coronavirus covid-19 is just beginning, as businesses, big and small begin to evaluate the economies in the face of actions of the government to prevent the spread of the contagion and the population facing uncertainty. Perhaps the hardest hit will...

Government Highlights Dozens of Works That Impacted Costa Rica’s Road Development in 2019

The Government of Carlos Alvarado highlighted the projects that impacted Costa Rica's road development in 2019. Outstanding works in Circunvalación Norte, the extension of the Ruta 32, the binational bridge at Sixaola, OBIS - Obras Impostergables - (unpostponable works) between San José and San Ramón,...

How rich people like Gordon Sondland buy their way to being US ambassadors – 4 questions answered

In every other developed democratic country, the role of ambassador, with only very rare exceptions, is given to career diplomats who have spent decades learning the art of international relations. In the U.S., however, many ambassadors are untrained in diplomacy, and have simply bought their...

Legislators Question President Alvarado: What do your two vice presidents do?

President Carlos Alvarado has been left standing alone by his two vice presidents, Epsy Campbell and Marvin Rodríguez, who once promised to accompany him and support him in the difficult task of assuming the issues facing the nation. That promise that Campbell and Rodriguez publicly...

Peru Women Still Victims of Political Gender Gap

According to data by Peru’s National Office of Electoral Processes, only 19 women were elected to be district and provincial mayors of a total of 1.676 district municipalities and 196 provincial municipalities. Over 23 million Peruvians cast their vote on Oct. 7, in the country’s...

This Is The Unity Government Offered by Carlos Alvarado

President-elect, Carlos Alvarado, on Thursday presented his cabinet, as-as promised during his campaign, a multiparty cabinet, which is made up of 16 men and 15 women. Of the 31, eleven are tied to the Partido Acción Ciudadana (PAC) or who contributed to the government, Luis...

Make Latin America Great Again!

By Colin - I first visited Latin America in 2007 and moved here in 2008. I think it’s great. But not everybody thinks so. They might think Mexico or Brazil are great, or Peru or Argentina. But nobody thinks Uruguay is great. Nobody thinks Ecuador...

Should We Be Governed by Persuasion or by Force?

Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, noted that “Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.” And indeed, we are all a product of the intellectual activity and history of our communities. It is a history that informs who...

Government Threatens Local Businesses With Fines For Links Uber

Q COSTA RICA - Restaurants and hotels expose themselves to sanctions and administrative procedures per campaign of royalties and discounts of Mother's Day Entrepreneurs express anger and frustration by measure; Are required to declare breakage with transport platform In an attempt to restrict the operations of...

Panama Denies to U.S. Risk of Money Laundering

(Q24N) he Government of Panama rejected today the remarks of the Department of Financial Services of New York (NYDES), of the United States, as a high-risk jurisdiction for money laundering. The Minister of Economy and Finances Dulcidio De la Guardia told reporters he received an...

Municipalities Leave Money on Table

(QCOSTARICA) One of the most common complaints (or excuses) citizens hear from their local city government is that they don't have money to fix this or that. But according to the Comptrollor's Office (Contraloría General de la Republica), they do have money, to the tune...

Open Government is “Fictional”

QCOSTARICA - Many of the officials working in Central American governments are annoyed at the idea of the information they handle being accessible to citizens, and one way or another, they are impeding its availability. "- Send a letter to the Mrs Fulana (the equivalent...

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