May 22nd, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) The export of Costa Rican goods reached $4 billion in the first quarter, up 4.7% from the $3.8 billion recorded for the same period last year.
“Costa Rican exports continue to grow, largely because of the diversification of products and (export) destinations,” Minister of Foreign Trade, Anabel Gonzalez said in a statement.
Gonzalez said that the signing of the Free Trade Agreement with Colombia this week was part of the strategy to maintain business growth. Gonzalez also stressed the need for Congress to quickly approve the Agreement of Association between Central America and the European Union.
“Delaying the approval of the Association Agreement with the European Union, to which Costa Rica exported $782 million (in the first quarter), would deprive productive sectors of the opportunities that are generated under the advantageous conditions of this agreement,” Gonzalez said.