Costa Rica’s economic, social and environmental achievements are impressive. It has succeeded in combining rising living standards, virtually universal health care, pension and primary education systems with sustainable use of natural resources.
In the past 30 years Costa Rica has grown steadily and social indicators have improved markedly. Well-being indicators are comparable or even above the OECD average in several dimensions, such as health, environment or life-satisfaction. This paper reviews the social progress that Costa Rica has achieved and identifies reducing inequality and poverty as the main challenges.
These ready-made tables and charts provide for snapshot of aid (Official Development Assistance) for all DAC Members as well as recipient countries and territories. Summary reports by regions (Africa, America, Asia, Europe, Oceania) and the world are also available.
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Boosting the productivity and competitiveness of the economy would help Costa Rica to progress further and take full advantage of its integration into GVCs. Improving the competitiveness of services sectors is particularly pertinent.
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Fragmentation is putting pressure on the effectiveness of the country’s governance mechanisms and service delivery capacity, further aggravated by limited steering and coordination capacity.
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Income inequality in Costa Rica is high by international standards and, in contrast with most other Latin American countries, it has increased in recent years.
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Improving competition law and policy in Costa Rica should be a primary objective of the government. Such reforms could yield substantial economic and social benefits, through higher productivity, lower prices to consumers and better quality products and services.
This 2016 OECD Economic Survey of Costa Rica examines recent economic developments, policies and prospects. The special chapters cover: Inclusive growth and Productivity.
Es un placer estar aquí para dialogar con ustedes sobre el importante proceso de adhesión de Costa Rica a la OCDE. La invitación para empezar este proceso es un reconocimiento de los países miembros de la OCDE al compromiso de Costa Rica por adoptar mejores prácticas y estándares internacionales que permitan un desarrollo más sólido, incluyente y sostenible.
The Secretary-General discussed the recently launched process of accession to the OECD and presented the OECD's first Economic Survey of Costa Rica. Mr. Gurría also held meetings with President Luis Guillermo Solís and several government ministers.