November 13th, 2012 (InsideCostaRica.com) The Costa Rican government will simplify the immigration process for Chinese citizens, and will also provide tax exemptions for the importation of equipment and machinery, in order to begin the construction of the National Police Academy within the scheduled timeframe. The Minister of Public Security, Mario Zamora, stated that the first group of Chinese engineers has already arrived, with plans to begin construction in December 2013.
The National Police Academy will have a main building, dorms, sports facilities, dining room, and parking lots.
“The Costa Rican government will provide tax exemptions on all material and machinery that the Chinese bring into the country for the construction of this project, as well as goods and assets for the Chinese staff. The government will also grant temporary (residency) permits,” Costa Rica said in a communiqué to China.
The Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of “Hacienda” (Tax department), and immigration will be in charge of issuing the necessary permits and tax exemptions.
“It is a turnkey donation, and will be carried out in identical terms to the (construction) of the National Stadium. Currently, there are people working on the blueprints. People must remember that before constructions begins we need environmental services, nationalization of the prints, etc.,” Zamora said. Zamora also indicated that they would be hiring Costa Rican personnel for other activities.
The construction of the police academy is estimated to carry a cost of around $40 million dollars.
The academy will be built on 200 hectares in Guapiles. Zamora said that the academy could open the first quarter of 2014.