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Attracting knowledge-intensive FDI to Costa Rica


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Costa Rica: Making Development Happen

Making Development Happen series n. 1

Making Development Happen is a new series  focused on policy approaches and institutions that contribute to development outcomes. All volumes are available online as part of the Centre’s efforts to foster debate and discussion among OECD members and developing and emerging economies so as to help identify creative policy solutions to emerging global issues and development challenges.

Costa Rica is an interesting case of economic transformation from primary products to manufacturing and services. This study reviews the experience of Costa Rica in attracting knowledge-intensive FDI and mobilising it as a lever for upgrading exports and fostering economic growth. The report describes the achievements of the Costa Rican economy during the last decades. It assesses the economic trends, the current development strategy and the policy mix for attracting knowledge-intensive FDI. It highlights the new features of the competitive scenario and new challenges the country is facing. It concludes by proposing  a roadmap for enhancing the policy framework and to advance in the process of economic transformation. View the full report

Table of Contents

• Country profile: territorial and institutional framework of Costa Rica

• Executive Summary

• Assessment and recommendations

• Chapter 1  Costa Rica as a knowledge economy: achievements and challenges

• Chapter 2  Strategy, governance and policy mix for attracting knowledge-intensive FDI to Costa Rica

• Chapter 3  A road map for attracting knowledge-intensive FDI to Costa Rica

This study is the result of a joint-project of the OECD Development Centre and the Costa Rican Ministry of Foreign Trade and the Ministry for Science and Technology.

The report has been presented in San José, Costa Rica on July 31st  2012. The seminar was hosted by Ministry of Foreign Trade and the Ministry for Science and Technology of Costa Rica. The event was closed by a remark of President Laura Chinchilla. A short video from the event is available here.

For more information on this report please contact Annalisa Primi or Jose Ramon Perea.

Did you know…
…that more than 150 foreign companies invested in Costa Rica in services, advanced manufacturing and medical devices?
…that Intel started to upgrade its production process in Costa Rica and it has recently opened an engineering and design research centre with 300 employees?


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