The reasons why 12 projects were cancelled are diverse but include the financial crisis, which dried up sources of credit, the general decline in tourism activity and investment, as well as the tedious and slow procedures for obtaining the permits required.
The latter does not appear to have a short term solution, according to Ana Cristina Camacho Sandoval in her article for Elfinancierocr.com. Juan Carlos Ramos, president of the Costa Rican Chamber of Tourism says that, "at the beginning of June the Constitutional Court rejected a bill (no. 14836) to simplify procedures and create incentives for marinas and maritime piers. Magistrates found constitutional issues with one of the articles relating to local consultation... This third interruption affects Costa Rica's ability to compete in the marine tourism market."
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Municipalities still have 2.000 pending applications for building towers.
Problems in issuing permits (just the municipality of Turrialba has 200 requests) have to do with the lack of knowledge on how to process such permits.
"The Government asked on Oct. 21st for representatives of local governments to support a general regulation for municipal procedures on telecommunications" publishes El Financiero on its web page.
The procedures for obtaining an environmental permit now require between 6 months and 2 years; they could be shortened to 60 days.
Ismael Nolasco, from the Salvadoran Chamber of Construction (CASALCO), remarked they have held talks with the Environment Ministry and agreed on a new scheme that will come into effect this week.
The Deputy Minister of Transport of El Salvador has delayed for up to eight months permits for tourist transport vehicles.
Tour Operators meeting in the Salvadoran Chamber of Tourism (CASATUR), denounced the delay in the delivery of operation permits by the Vice Ministry of Transportation (VMT) and harassment by the Transit Police.
In the first five months of the year 5,805 work permits were granted in Panama, 11.6% more than in the same period in 2011.
According to the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) citizens from Colombia (36.8%), Venezuela (8.9%), China (6.4%) and the Dominican Republic (6.1%) received the most permits.