Development initiative seeks to improve Puntarenas area

President Laura Chinchilla walks with U.S. Ambassador Anne S. Andrew at the site of the new coast guard station in Puntarenas. Photo: Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública

President Laura Chinchilla announced a new initiative Thursday to boost the economy of Puntarenas. She was on a tour that included the inauguration of the $3 million coast guard station donated by the United States.

The initiative is Puntarenas 2016, and it is designed to attract more investments to the area.

The president also inaugurated a new tourist dock in Barrio el Carmen. This project is designed to promote tourism in the area. It is a 50 million-colons projects, about $100,000. The president also inaugurated 276 spaces in the El Roble prison. There also are other improvements to the prison to the tune of 966 million colons or nearly $2 million. These include a dental area, a system of pumps for sewage and a kitchen and dining area.

Since October various ministries have been working with local business leaders in the province. The goal was to improve competitivity and make the province attractive for outside investment.

The Sardimar food products firm said it would invest $10 million and generate 250 new jobs and Metalco will invest $8 million and create 50 new jobs, said Casa Presidencial.

The new station for the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas is in Puerto de Caldera. The donation is part of the U.S. effort to reduce drug trafficking. The project includes an administrative building, a floating dock, a repair shop and parking.

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