President Laura Chinchilla announced on Monday the start of the Ventanilla Única de Comercio Exterior 2.0 (VUCE 2.0), which plans to convert all export and import procedures into digital formats.
Though an initial version was started in 1996, this latest upgrade by the Promotora del Comercio Exterior provides one-stop method of completing all paperwork.
Through VUCE 2.0, businesses are expected to save millions per year in cutting out operating and printing costs.
According to Ms. Chinchilla, this latest modernization shows that Costa Rica is and will continue to be a force in the global marketplace. “Costa Rica has an obligation to make a presence in every commercial sector both regionally and internationally,” she said.
The president, who is in the waning months of her tenure, said that the country has seen substantial growth in infrastructure and commercial procedure during her four years in office. In functioning 24 hours a day for 365 days a year, VUCE 2.0 works with 16 domestic institutions and should allow rapid processing of such things as customs reports, health certifications and other business people have to do to export or import.
During her speech, Ms. Chinchilla addressed the need for the future administration to keep transparent practices regarding trade regulations. In repeatedly using the words success and belief, she stressed that Costa Rica has thrived in successful modernization and through the people’s belief in their companies. Increasingly competitive business models have allowed the country to open itself up to the world with reassured confidence in its resources, Ms. Chinchilla said.
Though the past was littered with doubt and protests before the advent of the Central American Free Trade Agreement, now, she said, the future of trade looks brighter.
“There are many reasons to be optimistic,” she said. “The most important thing is that the country is better suited for the future.”