Foreign investments and exports reported higher

The commerce ministry said that foreign investment and exportations increased in 2013 and exceeded goals even though there was a weak growth in the international economy.

The Ministerio de Comercio Exterior estimated that by the end of the year, foreign investment would be $2.4 billion, an increase of 8 percent over 2012 and about $160 million higher than the annual goal.

The ministry is estimating that exports of goods and services will be $17.3 billion, a 3 percent increase over 2012.

The minister, Anabel González, also noted that the country had reached a free trade treaty with Colombia, an agreement with the European Union along with other Central American nations, improved border crossings and organized a trade summit for Latin American and the Caribbean with the People’s Republic of China.

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