Laura Chinchilla’s fiscally conservative
administration has built on the country’s
strengths of security, stability and an open economy. Foreign
investment has soared to record levels and, under her watch,
the country has made a well-timed return to the international
Costa Rica | A matter of time: Interview with president Laura Chinchilla
As Costa Rica’s president Laura Chinchilla enters her final year in office, she talks to LatinFinance about her remaining ambitions – and her legacy
Now Chinchilla, who has continued broadly with the policies
of her predecessor, Óscar Arias, is seeking to revamp
the country’s infrastructure – long a
source of frustration for local businesses, and especially so
now as the country attempts to build a more sophisticated
But for the longer-term, much depends on the
government’s ability to increase tax revenues, a
goal that has so far proved elusive amid stiff popular
Meanwhile, the ruling National Liberation Party has not been
having all its own way. Chinchilla’s left-leaning
party won less than half of the 57 seats in the parliament. Its
closest rival, the Citizens’ Action Party,
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