Industrial parks proposed for rural areas

Representatives of the Chinese Development Bank presented a proposal Monday for a series of commercial parks outside the metro area.

The Chinese experts have been studying the country since August 2012 when President Laura Chinchilla sought the advice from the Asian nation’s leadership.

Representatives from Puntarenas, San Carlos, Limeon, Cartago and Guanacaste attended the session.

The Chinese proposal is for a central commercial nucleus surrounded by five specialized industrial parks that are complementary. These are special economic zones where the commercial occupants would benefit from some governmental concessions.

The idea would be to put to put one such series of commercial centers in each province outside the Metro area. The plan is to generate development, although there was no discussion on where funds would be found.

The projects wold develop over 20 years or so, said the Chinese experts.

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