United Dollars

market without paying charges 99% of its exportable, ranging from tropical fruits to circuits of computers. States United is the main partner of Costa Rica, since it buys half of its exports, more than 9,000 million dollars a year, but demand could fall by the financial crisis that hit its economy. Until November, exports to the United States totaled 3,610 million dollars. It is diverse product offerings that Costa Rica exports and ranging from syringes, needles, catheters and similar, parts and accessories of computers, items and orthopaedic appliances, instruments and appliances of medicine, surgery and veterinary medicine, banana, pineapple and coffee. In terms of investments, expectations are hopeful that kept figures that border the billion dollars, according to the Ministry. Provides telecommunications and insurance to absorb the bulk of foreign investments, sectors that will be soon open to private competition after decades of monopoly of the State, as a result of the FTA. Us says Gerardo Fumero Paniagua, Costa Rica occupies in telecommunications, the first in Latin America, in telephone density fixed lines per 100 inhabitants, with 31.62.

If we consider the cellular telephony, Chile surpasses US, but by December of this year 2005, with the installation of 600,000 additional cell lines, we overcome even to Chile, with a total density (fixed and mobile telephony) 67.83%. We are also the first place in Latin America, in completion of calls from the United States.UU. , the indicator that could more comprehensively reflect the quality of the telephone network in a country with a 71.47%. In relation to productivity, Costa Rica exhibits one of the highest in the world, 5.35 employed by each 1,000 telephone lines. The average for the American continent is 5.49, to 6.10 Europe and Africa 12.82.

That parameter, for our country, improved 4.16 to December 2004.

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