Business chamber says action needed as economy slows

A chamber that represents business operators has called upon the central government to take action against what it says is 11 months of declines and a clear deceleration in the national economy.

The chamber is the Unión Costarricense de Cámaras y Asociaciones del Sector Empresarial Privado.

In a release the organization said that the monthly index of economic activity has been in decline.

The chamber called on the government to inject confidence in the economy.
Manuel H. Rodríguez, chamber president, said national authorities should act rapidly and concretely. He called for simplifying business paperwork, and providing unspecified help to some production sectors. He said that Costa Rica responded well to an injection of credit in 2006.

Elsewhere tourism operators are concerned by declines in that industry. Tuesday the Cámera Nacional de Turismo complained that bad roads have been hurting tourism and that tourism operators around the Volcán Poás and in Sarapiquí have experienced sharp reductions in tourism.

Sarapiquí, at least, will be the host of part of a regional arts festival there for two weeks. The other location is in Turrialba. Large crowds are expected.

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