Why Costa Rica - FIEO by wuzhenguang

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									     Costa Rica’s value proposition

    Proven Track Record
    Qualified Work Force
    Strategic Location
    Excellent Business Climate
    Quality Infrastructure
    Quality of Life


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  Let’s talk about success stories




INVESTING IN COSTA RICA / PROVEN TRACK RECORD
 In the last 10 years our country has seen a
 consistent growth in its foreign direct
 investment...
                                                            Costa Rica: Total FDI
 Total FDI inflows have grown
                                                  2.5
  an average of 13.6% every
  year since 2000                                 2.0
                                                                                     2010: US$1.47
 In 2010, FDI represented

                                   US$ Billions
                                                                                         billion
                                                  1.5
  4.1% of the GDP and FDI per
  capita    reached     US$321.                   1.0
  Costa Rica ranks among the
                                                  0.5
  top countries in Latin America
  in both indexes                                 0.0

 FDI inflows have financed
  more than 90% of the current
  account deficit in the last                Source: CINDE based on data from BCCR
  decade

      INVESTING IN COSTA RICA / PROVEN TRACK RECORD
    Costa Rica has also experienced a
    consistent growth in its exports...

                                                        Costa Rica: Total Exports of Goods
   Exports have grown at                                           2001 - 2010
    an average annual rate                        12
                                                                                                  2010:
    of 7.1% since 2001                            10
                                                                                               US$9.37 billion



    Export of goods
                                   US$ Billions
                                                   8


    represent 26.2% of the                         6

    GDP                                            4


   Costa Rica exports 4,693                       2

    different products to 145                      0
                                                       2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
    destination countries
                                      Source: CINDE based on data from PROCOMER




        INVESTING IN COSTA RICA / PROVEN TRACK RECORD
…and a diversification of its exported
products
    Costa Rica: Exports, 1985   Costa Rica: Exports, 2010
          US$ 1 billion              US$ 9.4 billion




                                                               Export and import of goods
                                                                and services represent
                                                                81% of the GDP




Source: CINDE based on data from BCCR and PROCOMER
     INVESTING IN COSTA RICA / PROVEN TRACK RECORD
   The dynamism of these sectors is evident with the
   growth that companies have shown...

  Advanced Manufacturing                                            Service Sector
                                   Life Sciences Sector
         Sector
                                                                                     113
                          59                          38
              55                                                         95
                                           31


   30

                                  8
                                                              5

  2000       2009         2010   2000      2009      2010    2000        2009        2010


 The number of companies         The number of companies    The number of companies
in this sector is 97% higher       in this sector is 375%    in this sector is 2,160%
         than in 2000               higher than in 2000        higher than in 2000


    Source: CINDE, 2011
          INVESTING IN COSTA RICA / PROVEN TRACK RECORD
  Also with the employment level evolution...

Advanced Manufacturing               Life Sciences Sector               Service Sector
       Sector
                                                                                         31,747
                         15,159                        11,566               28,416
           13,228
                                             9,376



4,500
                                  1,500
                                                                1,061

2000       2009          2010     2000       2009       2010    2000         2009        2010

 The employment in this            The employment in this       The employment in this
sector is 3.4 times higher        sector is 7.7 times higher    sector is 30 times higher
      than in 2000                      than in 2000                  than in 2000



   Source: CINDE, 2011
         INVESTING IN COSTA RICA / PROVEN TRACK RECORD
                                       Contact Centers                   Back Office
                                       ACE                        2008   Access Personnel              2004
                                       Aegis Communications       2006   Amba Research                 2006
                                       Amadeus                    1997   Arcus                         2009
                                       Amazon                     2008   BPO International             2005
                                       BA Continuum               2008   Equifax                       1995
                                       Concentrix                 2009   Experian Marketing Services   2008
                                       Convergys                  2010   Hewlett Packard (BPO)         2004
                                       Credits World              2009   IBM (HR/IT)                   2004
                                       Dell Costa Rica            2002   Lightstorm                    2008
                                       First Data                 2007   LL Bean                       1998
                                       Fujitsu                    2006   Pacific West                  2000
                                       Hewlett Packard (ITO)      2004   Project Resources Group CR    2008
                                       Intertec                   2003   Trax Technologies             2004
                                       Language Line              2002   West Dermatology              2010
                                       McKinsey & Co. Support            WNS                           2009
                                       Services                   2009
                                       Motif                      2010   Architecture & Construction
                                       Office Gurus               2010
                                       Pacific Interpreters       2006   Gensler                       2007
                                       Qualfon                    2004   Holland Roofing               2002
                                       Startek                    2009   Smartworks                    2010
                                       Stream International       2002
                                       SYKES                      1999
                                       Tech Data                  2007
                                       Teleperformance            2010
                                       Teletech                   2006
                                       United Collection Bureau   2006
                                       UPS Supply Chain           2004
                                       Van Ru                     2005
*Year of establishment in Costa Rica
                                       Shared Services                    Software

                                       Aliaxis                     2010   4Thought Marketing          2009
                                       Amway                       2010   Avionyx                     2005
                                       APL                         2005   Fiserv                      2004
                                       Astra Zeneca SS             2009   Global Insurance
                                       Auxis                       2010   Technology                  2007
                                       Baxter Americas             2005   Informatech                 2010
                                       Bridgestone                 2011   JD Soft                     2002
                                       British American Tobacco    2007   Prosoft Nearshore           2008
                                       Chiquita Brands             2003   Ridge Run                   2006
                                       Citi Business Services      2008   Round Box Media             2006
                                       Curtiss Wright              2010   Simple Software Solutions   2006
                                       DHL                         2005   Sistemas Galileo            2002
                                       Dole SS                     2005   Slim Soft                   2006
                                       Emerson SS                  2009   Softtek                     2010
                                       Hellmann Logistic           2007   Via Information Tools       2004
                                       Intel SS                    2005
                                       Lion Resources (Publicis)   2008   Entertainment & Media
                                       National Instruments        2010
                                       Oracle                      2007   avVenta                     2005
                                       Procter & Gamble GBS        1999   Costa Rica Production       2009
                                       Western Union               1998   Elastic Path                2010
                                                                          Pop Digital                 2010
                                       Engineering & Design               Possible Worldwide          2006
                                                                          The Hangar Interactive
                                       ACERCA                      2010   (Critical Mass)             2008
                                       AEC                         2010   Via Luna Group              2008
                                       Agilis Engineering          2006
                                       Align Technologies          2001
                                       Emerson                     2008
                                       National Instruments        2010
*Year of establishment in Costa Rica
                                       Telecommunications                Electronic Components

                                       L3 Communications          2001   Astrolab                 2008
                                       Multimix Microtechnology   1999   Bourns / Trimpot         1979
                                       Panduit                    1994   Controles de Corriente   1997
                                       Suttle                     1989   C&K Coactive             1988
                                                                         Electrotechnik           2009
                                       Electric Assemblies               Merlin VMS               2004
                                                                         Pharos                   1989
                                       Eaton                      1963   RDF Sensors Group        2006
                                       Havells Sylvania           1966   Samtec                   2006
                                       Phelps Dodge               1971   Smiths Interconnect      1997
                                       Schneider                  1976

                                       Semiconductors                    Engineering and Software

                                       Intel                      1998   Altanova                 2008
                                       Triquint                   1996   Emerson                  2008
                                                                         National Instruments     2010
                                                                         Twin Engines             2006




*Year of establishment in Costa Rica
                                       Contract Manufacturers          Metalwork

                                       Camtronics               1992   Oberg Industries                2002
                                       Daniels Manufacturera    1992   Olympic Machining               1996
                                       General Microcircuits    2010   Penn United                     2007
                                       Irazú Electronics        2001   Prolex                          1986
                                       Micro Technologies       1999   Weststar                        2000
                                       Tico Electronics         1995
                                                                       Automotive
                                       Consumer Electronics
                                                                       Bridgestone                     1967
                                       Panasonic                1966   CML                             1995
                                       Saco International       1995   Deshler Automotive Products     2008
                                       Vitec / CPP              1986   Firestone Industrial Products   2009
                                                                       Hutchings Automotive Products   2004
                                       Engineering and                 Innovative Components           2005
                                       PCB Repair                      Proquinal                       2004

                                       KES System               2002
                                       Teradyne                 2000




*Year of establishment in Costa Rica
                                       Medical Device Companies
                                                                   Suppliers
                                       Abbott Vascular      2010
                                       Allergan             1999   Advanced Thermoforming          2005
                                       Arthrocare           2002   Bentec                          2010
                                       Baxter Healthcare    1987   Gw Plastics                     2011
                                       Boston Scientific    2004   International Precision Molds   2006
                                       Covidien             2011   MedConx                         2007
                                       De Royal             1996   Merrill’s Packaging             2010
                                       Establishment Labs   2009   PPC Ind.                        2001
                                       Hologic              2004   Precision Wire Components       2008
                                       Horizons Intl.       2005   SourceOne                       2011
                                       Hospira              1999
                                                                   Specialty Coating Systems       2006
                                       Koros USA            2007
                                                                   Veridiam Medical                2005
                                       MicroVention         2011
                                       Moog Medical         2009
                                                                   Sterilization
                                       St. Jude Medical     2010
                                       Volcano              2010
                                                                   BeamOne                         2008
                                                                   Sterigenics                     2010
                                       Medical Device
                                       Contract Manufacturers      Others
                                       Atek Medical         2007
                                                                   Amoena                          1996
                                       Helix Medical        2011
                                                                   Proquinal                       2004
                                       MedTech              2004
                                                                   Smith Sterling                  1994
                                       NDC                  2010
                                       Oberg Industries     2002
                                       Precision Concepts   1991
                                       SMC Ltd              2011
                                       TEGRA Medical        2010
*Year of establishment in Costa Rica
 Our people make the difference a/
                                                         Population as of July 2010:
                                                           4.6 million
                                                           35.8% of the population is 15 to 35 years
                                                            old
                                                           Annual population growth: 1.2%
                                                           GDP / Capita, 2010: US$7,843

                                                         Labor force 2010: 2.05 million
                                                           Female participation in labor force: 38.2%
                                                           Unemployment, 2010 b/: 7.3%
                                                           Underemployment, 2010 b/: 11.2%

Notes:                                                   Universal Health Care and Education
a/: Data for 2010 comes from a new National               System
    Survey. This survey has a different methodology        Pillars of the national stability:
    than the previous years surveys, making the
    results not directly comparable.                            Health: 10.5% of the GDP
b/: Mid-Year estimates
                                                                Education: 8.0% of the GDP


         INVESTING IN COSTA RICA / QUALIFIED WORKFORCE
Costa Rica is considered one of the countries
with the highest human development worldwide
                                  Human Development Index
                           United States                                  0.902
                                 Canada                                   0.888
                               Germany                                    0.885
                                   Chile                          0.783
                               Argentina                          0.775
                                Panama                           0.755
                                 Mexico                         0.750
                                Malaysia                        0.744
                              Costa Rica                    0.725
                                   Brazil                  0.699
                               Colombia                   0.689
                      Dominican Republic                 0.663
                                   China                 0.663
                               Paraguay                 0.640
                              Philippines               0.638


         The HDI combines normalized measures of life expectancy, literacy,
         educational attainment, and GDP per capita for countries worldwide
Source: United Nations. Human Development Report 2010

     INVESTING IN COSTA RICA / QUALIFIED WORKFORCE
   Our educational system is ranked 23rd,
   the highest in Latin America
                                                                                      Adult Literacy Rate
       Quality of the Educational System                                                    Rate (%)
                         Rank
                                                                            United States                       99.0
      Canada                                                            7          Ireland                      99.0
       Ireland                                                     11             Canada                        99.0
     Malaysia                                                     14            Germany                         99.0
  Costa Rica                                                 23                      Chile                      98.6
United States                                               26                   Uruguay                       98.2
          India                                        38                       Argentina                      97.7
        China                                     54                                 Spain                     97.6
  Philippines                                61                               Costa Rica                      96.0
    Colombia                               72                                       China                    93.7
     Thailand                             77                                  Philippines                    93.6
     Uruguay                         83                                          Panama                      93.5
    Argentina                        86                                          Thailand                    93.5
         Chile                       87                                         Colombia                     93.4
         Spain                  98                                                Mexico                    92.9
      Mexico                   107                                               Malaysia                   92.1
         Brazil               115                                                    Brazil               90.0
 El Salvador            125                                                  El Salvador               84.0
     Panama       131                                                                 India     62.8


Source: World Economic Forum.                                                Source: United Nations.
The Global Competitiveness Report 2011 - 2012                                Human Development Report 2010

     INVESTING IN COSTA RICA / QUALIFIED WORKFORCE
  Education is free and mandatory since 1870


      Elementary /                             Secondary                          Tertiary
                                                                              (University and
         Primary                               (High School)
                                                                            Community College)


 • Begins at kindergarten              In public education, there         • Includes two-year
 • Total of 6 grades                   are two systems:                     technical degrees
                                       – Academic Curricula: 5 years      • 4-year bachelor’s
 • Students usually                      (7th to 11th grades), students
                                                                            degree programs
   graduate at age 12                    usually graduate at age 17

 • More than 90% of                    – Technical Curricula: 6 years     • Master’s PhD,
   institutions are public               (7th to 12th grades)               Specialization
                                         specializing and graduating        programs
                                         with a technical degree,
                                         students usually graduate at
                                         age 18
Source: Ministry of Public Education
          INVESTING IN COSTA RICA / QUALIFIED WORKFORCE
     Stable employer-employees environment:
     “Asociacion Solidarista”
                                                                        Employer-sponsored workers’ association:
       Cooperation in labor-employer relations                           operates as a credit union, providing multiple
                          Rank                                           benefits to the employees, who can
  Costa Rica                                                    11       participate voluntarily
    Germany                                                22

United States                                         36
                                                                        Both employer and employees contribute to
        Chile                                         40
                                                                         the fund
   Colombia                                      48
                                                                        They are not sector-wide bargaining
    Panama                                      52
                                                                         instances, unlike American unions
      Mexico                               63

       Brazil                             79                            97% of the companies in the private
       Spain                        111                                  sector have the “Asociacion Solidarista”.
   Argentina                 135                                         This high level of participation is a particular
                                                                         tendency in Costa Rica
       Costa Rica ranks 1st in Latin America
                                                                        There are some similarities to a 401(k)
      Source: World Economic Forum.                                      retirement plan, without the stock options
      The Global Competitiveness Report 2011 - 2012

                INVESTING IN COSTA RICA / QUALIFIED WORKFORCE
          Costa Rica is just a few hours away
          from North America…

                                         Flight Time
        City          Flight Frequency
                                          (hrs:min)
Atlanta, GA                Daily            4:15
Charlotte, NC              Daily            4:05
Chicago, IL            Once a week          6:50
Dallas, TX                 Daily            4:20
Fort Lauderdale, FL        Daily            3:00
Houston, TX                Daily            3:35
                                                       Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport (SJO):
Los Angeles, CA            Daily            5:50       137 daily flights in June, 2011
Miami, FL                  Daily            2:50
New York, NY               Daily            4:45       Daniel Oduber Intl. Airport (LIR):
Newark, NJ                 Daily            5:15       11 daily flights in June, 2011
Orlando, FL                Daily            3:15
Phoenix, AZ            Once a week          5:25
Toronto, Canada        Twice a week         5:25




SJO is the 3rd best airport in Latin America & the Caribbean
  ASQ Top Performers 2010

  Source: Directorate General of Civil Aviation. June, 2011.

               INVESTING IN COSTA RICA / STRATEGIC LOCATION
              ...and there is also access to the rest
              of the world
                                          Flight Time
       City           Flight Frequency
                                           (hrs:min)
Bogota, Colombia           Daily              2:10
Buenos Aires,
                     Three times a week      8:00
Argentina
Caracas, Venezuela         Daily             2:50
Frankfurt, Germany     Twice a week         13:00
Guatemala,
                           Daily             1:30
Guatemala
La Havana, Cuba            Daily             2:25       Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport (SJO):
Lima, Peru                 Daily             3:45       137 daily flights in June, 2011
Madrid, Spain              Daily            10:25
                                                        Daniel Oduber Intl. Airport (LIR):
Managua, Nicaragua         Daily             1:00       11 daily flights in June, 2011
Mexico DF, Mexico          Daily             3:00
Panama, Panama             Daily             1:15
Quito, Ecuador             Daily             2:10
San Pedro Sula,
                           Daily             1:35
Honduras
San Salvador, El
                           Daily             1:20
Salvador
Santiago, Chile            Daily             8:50
Santo Domingo,
                     Four times a week       2:50
Dominican Republic
                                                           Source: Directorate General of Civil Aviation, June 2011


              INVESTING IN COSTA RICA / STRATEGIC LOCATION
 Shipping rates from Costa Rica are
 very competitive
                           Cost of shipping 1x40 container to United States
             $7,000

             $6,000

             $5,000

             $4,000

             $3,000

             $2,000

             $1,000

                $0
                      Costa Rica        Mexico        Brazil          China


                            2007       2008        2009        2010



Note: Rates of international ocean freight from Latin America to US are East Coast
based and from China to US are West Coast based.

Source: Expeditors, 2010

 INVESTING IN COSTA RICA / STRATEGIC LOCATION
  Your company will have exceptional
  access to the world’s greatest markets

 Market access: 2.4
  billion people, more
  than 65% of                                            EUROPEAN
                                      CANADA
  worldwide GDP                       UNITED STATES
                                                         UNION
                                                                               KOREA
                                           DOMINICAN
                             MEXICO        REPUBLIC                    CHINA
 Free Trade                 CENTRAL
                             AMERICA         CARICOM
                                                                        SINGAPORE
  Agreements: 90% of                PANAMA
                                             PERU
  Costa Rican export of
                                             CHILE
  goods

 Investment Promotion
  and Protection                               Duty free access
  Agreements with 15                           Preferential access through the GSP.
                                               Free Trade Agreement pending
  countries                                    Legislative approval
                                               In exploratory phase

  INVESTING IN COSTA RICA / STRATEGIC LOCATION
      Costa Rica ranks 2nd among Latin American
      countries in the Enabling Trade Index
                Enabling Trade Index
                       Score
   Singapore                                                      6.06
     Canada                                                5.29
        Chile                                           5.06
United States                                           5.03
    Malaysia                                     4.71                    “Costa Rica is an example of best
  Costa Rica                                4.45                         practices in market access, thanks to
       China                              4.32                           moderate non-tariff measures and
  El Salvador                        4.16
                                                                         relatively simple tariff structure.”
    Panama                           4.12
      Mexico                        4.04
   Honduras
                                                                                   World Economic Forum, 2010
                                   3.98
        India                 3.81
       Brazil                3.76
   Colombia                  3.72
   Argentina                3.64


        (1-7) score, where 7 is the highest score

Source: World Economic Forum. Global Enabling Trade
Report, 2010

         INVESTING IN COSTA RICA / STRATEGIC LOCATION
     GDP per capita growth portrays a widespread
     perception of economic prosperity

                                                                  12

                                                                                                                                             10.1
   GDP per capita is one of the                                  10                                                           9.2
                                                                                                                                     9.5 9.8




                                     US$ thousands / inhabitant
                                                                                                                         8.7
    highest in Latin America                                      8
                                                                                                                   7.8
                                                                                                         6.6 6.5
   GDP per capita in US$ in                                      6                          5.2
                                                                                                   5.9
                                                                                       4.7
    2010 was three times as                                            4.2 4.2 4.3 4.4
                                                                  4
    much as it was in 1991
                                                                  2

   Poverty has been reduced
                                                                  0
    55% in the last 28 years

                                                         Source: CINDE based on data from IMF




          INVESTING IN COSTA RICA / EXCELLENT BUSINESS CLIMATE
We have a strong and world renowned
tradition of peace and stability
                                                               Political Stability
                                                          Latin American Ranking
                                                   Uruguay                                                         1
   Army abolished in 1948                       Costa Rica                                                    2
                                                      Chile                                                    3
                                                      Brazil                                               4
   Over 120 years of                              Panama                                              5

    democracy                            Dominican Republic
                                                El Salvador                                        7
                                                                                                       6


                                                  Argentina                                    8

   Presidential system                           Honduras
                                                 Nicaragua
                                                                                           9
                                                                                      10
                                                    Mexico                       11
   3 independent powers                         Guatemala                   12
                                                   Ecuador                   13
                                                     Bolivia                 14
   4 year-term with possibility                      Peru                  15

    of reelection                                 Paraguay
                                                 Venezuela             17
                                                                            16


                                                  Colombia        18



                                             Source: World Bank. The Worldwide
                                             Governance Indicators 2010

      INVESTING IN COSTA RICA / EXCELLENT BUSINESS CLIMATE
Our democracy is recognized by international
indicators
                                 Democracy Index
                                     Rank
                      Sweden                                                             4
                      Finland                                                        7
                      Canada                                                     9
                       Ireland                                                  12
               Czech Republic                                              16
                 United States                                             17
                     Uruguay                                               21
                   Costa Rica                                              24
                         Chile                                        34
                         India                                   40
                        Brazil                               47
                       Mexico                               50
                    Argentina                               51
                    Colombia                           57
                  El Salvador                          61
                     Malaysia                     71
                   Philippines                    74
                    Singapore                   82



              Source: The Economist. Democracy Index 2010 (next update 2012)

   INVESTING IN COSTA RICA / EXCELLENT BUSINESS CLIMATE
San Jose ranks among the top ten cities in
Latin America for business
                                                                                         It comprises the following
                                                                                         dimensions:
                                                                                            Social & Political Framework

                    Monterrey, Mexico: 11th                                                 Economic Framework &
                                                                                             Dynamism
                  Mexico City, Mexico: 3rd
                                                                                            Services to Companies
                           San Jose, Costa Rica: 8th
    Panama City, Panama: 6th                                                                Infrastructure & Physical
                                   Bogota, Colombia: 7th                                     Connectivity
                               Lima, Peru: 9th
                                                        Brasilia, Brazil: 12th              Human Capital
                               Santiago, Chile: 1st
                                                           Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: 4th      Environmental Sustainability
                                                       Sao Paulo, Brazil: 2nd
                                                      Montevideo, Uruguay: 10th
                                                                                            Brand Power
               Buenos Aires, Argentina: 5th


                                                                                         Source: America Economia. Urban
                                                                                         Competitiveness Index 2010
             Source: United Nations, 2008


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    ...and Costa Rica is the safest country
    in Latin America
                             Costa Rica ranks 1st in the Latin Security Index
                      Costa Rica                     2
                           Chile                     2
                        Uruguay                      2
                        Panama                                  3
                       Argentina                                3
              Dominican Republic                                3
                            Peru                                3
                        Ecuador                                 3
                       Paraguay                                 3
                      Nicaragua                                 3
                       Colombia                                            4
                           Brazil                                          4
                          Bolivia                                          4
                         Mexico                                            4
                      Guatemala                                            4
                     El Salvador                                           4
                       Honduras                                            4
                      Venezuela                                                       5

                       (1 – 5) score, where 1 is the best score possible, 5 the worst

Source: Latin Business Chronicle (FTI Consulting), 2011

Note: This index measures the countries’ insecurity based on homicide rates as well as other factors affecting
       corporate security, and the safety of foreign business executives

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   Costa Rica ranks 1st in Latin America in the
   Country Brand Index
                                    Country Brand Index
                                    Latin American Ranking

                              Costa Rica                                             1
                               Argentina                                         2
                      Dominican Republic                                     3
                                   Chile                                     4
                                  Brazil                                     5           The Country Brand Index
                                  Belize                                 6                is an annual study that
                                   Peru                              7                      examines and ranks
                                 Mexico                              8
                                                                                          country brands, based
                                   Cuba                              9
                                                                                             on FutureBrand’s
                                                                                            proprietary research
                                Uruguay                             10
                                                                                               methodology.
                                Panama                         11
                                Ecuador                   12
                              Venezuela                   13
                               Colombia              14
                             Guatemala               15
                              Nicaragua         16
                             El Salvador   17

Source: Future Brand and BBC World News, 2010.
     INVESTING IN COSTA RICA / EXCELLENT BUSINESS CLIMATE
Costa Rica has the greatest potential for innovation
in Latin America
                 Pillar 12: Innovation
                                                                 Costa Rica ranks 1st in Latin
                         Rank                                     America in innovation
                                                                  according to the World
 United States                                            5
                                                                  Economic Forum
      Canada                                         11

       Ireland                                  23               The Index takes into account
        China                              29
                                                                  variables such as:
   Costa Rica                         35
                                                                     Capacity for innovation
         India                        38
                                                                     Quality of scientific research
        Brazil                       44                               institutions
         Chile                       46                              Company spending on
     Uruguay                     55                                   research and development
    Colombia                     57
                                                                      (R&D)
       Mexico                   63
                                                                     University-industry
                                                                      collaboration in R&D
     Panama                     72
                                                                     Government procurement of
    Argentina                   78
                                                                      advanced technology
                                                                      products, among others
 Source: World Economic Forum.
 The Global Competitiveness Report 2011-12

       INVESTING IN COSTA RICA / EXCELLENT BUSINESS CLIMATE
Foreigners have equal rights and
obligations              Prevalence of foreign ownership
                                                                 Score
                                              Uruguay                                          5.9
                                                  Chile                                        5.9
                                              Panama                                         5.8
   Foreigners have no limits to                Ireland                                    5.7
                                               Canada                                      5.7
    property handling and they              Costa Rica                               5.5
    can conduct business                        Mexico                               5.5
                                                 Spain                         5.2
    activities freely                        Argentina                         5.2
                                          United States                      5.1
                                              Malaysia                       5.1
                                              Germany                        5.1
                                              Thailand                 4.7
 Free capital movement, no                 Philippines                4.7
                                             Colombia                4.6
  foreign exchange controls                      Brazil              4.6
                                                  India            4.5

                                                  Foreign ownership of companies in the
                                                               country is:
                                                            1=rare and limited
                                                       7=prevalent and encouraged
                                           Source: World Economic Forum.
                                           The Global Competitiveness Report 2011 - 2012

    INVESTING IN COSTA RICA / EXCELLENT BUSINESS CLIMATE
    Costa Rica offers a solid utilities
    infrastructure...
Telecommunications:
   Redundant fiber optic submarine cables (Maya, Arcos, and Pacific Global
    Crossing)

   Satellite and terrestrial microwave network in place to meet demand in
    fixed, mobile, and Internet services

   Costa Rica opened the Internet and mobile sectors to private operators in
    mid 2010.

Abundant water supply:
   Industrial parks for manufacturing facilities can provide more than 350,000
    gallons of water per day



       INVESTING IN COSTA RICA / QUALITY INFRASTRUCTURE
          Public infrastructure concessions
          are improving roadways and ports

 Juan Santamaria
 International Airport won
 “the Best Improvement
 Award” in Latin America
 & the Caribbean
 (ASQ Top Performers 2010)

 Caldera Highway
 connects the GMA with
 Port Caldera.
 Inaugurated in Jan, 2010

 Ongoing plans to
 remodel the Limon and
 Moin ports (Atlantic
 Coast)
                              Source: Ministry of Public Infrastructure and Transportation and
                                       National Council for Public Concessions, Nov 2010

          INVESTING IN COSTA RICA / QUALITY INFRASTRUCTURE
Costa Rica has ports in the Caribbean
and the Pacific coasts
                                                    Port Limon & Moin
                                                   •858,176 TEUS
                                                   •Ranks 13th in Latin
                                                    America by volume
                                                   •Distance from San Jose:
                                                    153 km (95 miles)



                                     San Jose

               Port Caldera
          •155,037 TEUS
          •Ranks 37th in Latin
           America by volume
          •Distance from San Jose:
           78 km (48 miles)




TEU: Twenty foot equivalent unit
Source: ECLAC, 2011
INVESTING IN COSTA RICA / QUALITY INFRASTRUCTURE
San Jose ranks fourth in quality of life
in Latin America

     City / Country       Rank

Vancouver, Canada          3
Minneapolis, US            44
San Francisco, US          51
New York, US               56
Buenos Aires, Argentina    62
Santiago, Chile            63
Montevideo, Uruguay        65
San Juan, Puerto Rico      66
San Jose, Costa Rica       74
Shanghai, China            79     The country’s capital maintains a
Sao Paulo, Brazil          92     leadership over its competitors,
Panama City, Panama        97
                                  such as China, Brazil, Panama,
Mexico City, Mexico       105
Bogota, Colombia          111
                                  Mexico, India, and Colombia
New Delhi, India          112
                                  Source: The Economist Intelligence Unit. July 2011



INVESTING IN COSTA RICA / QUALITY OF LIFE
      Costa Rica has a strong commitment with
      environmental protection
      Environmental Performance Index
     Iceland                                                       93.5
 Switzerland                                                  89.1
  Costa Rica                                                86.4          Costa Rica:
     Sweden                                                 86.0
       Spain                                         78.6
   Colombia                                         76.8                   ranks 3rd in the world in
        Chile                                 73.3                          environmental
    Panama                                   71.4
                                                                            performance
      Mexico                          67.3
     Canada                           66.4
    Malaysia                     65.0                                      won the Future Policy
United States                   63.5                                        Award 2010 in Biodiversity
       Brazil                   63.4
   Argentina                   61.8

            (0-100) score, being 100 the perfect
                           score.
     Source: Yale and Columbia Universities. Environmental Performance Index 2010



      INVESTING IN COSTA RICA / QUALITY OF LIFE
      Great Potential
  5th Global Services Location in America
  Global Services Locations Index, 2011, AT Kearney


  5th Outsourcing City of Latin America (San Jose)
T Top 100 Outsourcing Cities, 2010, Global Services



  1st High-Tech exporter of Latin America
  World Development Indicators 2011, World Bank



  4th High-Tech exporter of the world
  World Development Indicators 2011, World Bank



  5th Best City for future FDI in Latin America (San Jose)
  Financial Times: FDI Intelligence, 2011




       INVESTING IN COSTA RICA / GREAT POTENTIAL
Why Costa Rica?

 Currently, more than 200 high-tech multinational companies
 are operating in Costa Rica

 Exceptionally talented and bilingual young workforce. On
 average 95% of the employees in multinational companies
 are local

 Preferential access platform to 1/3 of the world’s population,
 and 2/3 of the worldwide GDP. 90% of goods exported
 through Free Trade Agreements




  INVESTING IN COSTA RICA / GREAT POTENTIAL
Why Costa Rica?

 Excellent business climate based on a renowned democratic
 tradition, economic & political stability

 Solid infrastructure. More than 90% of energy is renewable.
 Redundant telecommunications access

 Quality of life in Costa Rica is high. Safest country in Latin
 America, and one of the top 3 environmental performers of
 the world




  INVESTING IN COSTA RICA / GREAT POTENTIAL
               Thank You!




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