The Ministry of Foreign Trade (COMEX) and the Foreign Trade Promoter (Procomer) are developing the concept of modernizing the Single Desk for Foreign Trade, and expect to go into operation next year.
"At the moment, they have already completed the stage of coordinating the 16 public institutions that are involved in the 50 different procedures that the Single Desk will process. These range from the registration of exporters to the processing of Certificates of Free Sale of Food Products,” reported Elfinancierocr.com.
Procomer and Comex plan to open an international tender in May with support from the IDB, because the process must be executed by a company.
"Among the innovations that will bring about the modernization of the Single Desk are the incorporation of digital signatures as a security mechanism. This card allows you to associate that information with a virtual document in order to authenticate it," the article said.
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An announcement has been made of a beta version of a digital platform for paperwork and export permits which is integrated with related institutions.
From a press release by the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica :
This morning (yesterday) PROCOMER launched the beta version of Single Window for Foreign Trade (VUCE) 2.0 a project that will revolutionize the export sector and domestic importer, offering an interoperable platform ( with approvals in minutes) between the 16 state institutions state that are involved in foreign trade procedures.
Anabel González Campabadal, the country’s designated commerce minister, stated she will change and restructure the Commerce Ministry.
One of the priorities is landing an agreement with Cinde, the organization that fosters foreign investment in the country. The idea is to improve the relationship between both entities.
The Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promoter (Procomer) will centralize the process of control of origin and certifications for all FTAs.
The new rules apply to free trade agreements signed with China, Caricom, the partial one with Venezuela, and the European Union, said Luis Obando from the Chamber of Industries.
The new brand image for the country will promote tourism, boost exports and attract investment.
From a press release by the Ministry of Foreign Trade (Comex):
esencial COSTA RICA henceforth will be a national brand that Costa Rica will use officially to present its international image to the world.