Postal services in black, manager tells lawmakers

There was some good economic news at the legislature.

The general manger of Correos de Costa Rica, the postal agency, said that the government entity had a profit of 700 million colons for the firts seven months of the year. Correos was close to bankruptcy two years ago because of financial losses. That profit is about $1.4 million.

The manager is Álvaro Goghi Gómez. He was testifying at the Comisión Permanente de Asuntos Hacendarios. He said Correos lost about 40 percent of the letter delivery market in recent years and had to reinvent itself. The agency created new functions. Among other jobs, the 117 postal offices around the country are delivering cédulas de identidad to Costa Ricans as well as passports. Foreigners also are getting their immigration documents via the mail service.

The manager said there was no need to think of privatizing or otherwise tampering with the state ownership of Correos.

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