Tech chamber opposed bills to monopolize industry

The technology chamber again has urged rejection of a bill that would require anyone working in the  informática and computación fields to have a university degree and be a member of a restructured colegio or professional organization.

The chamber, the  Cámara de Tecnologías de Información y Comunicación said that the twin bills, Nos.18.919 and 18.928, would jeopardize the development of digital technology in Costa Rica.

A colegio is a self-governing public entity of the type to which lawyer, physicans and other professionals belong.

The summary to the bill said that already 6,000 persons belong to the colegio. The bills would make membership and payment of dues obligatory, although still unclear is exactly what job categories would be covered.

The chamber said it became aware Monday that the bill had been reported out by a legislative committee to possible action on the legislative floor.

Luis Carlos Chaves, president of the chamber, said in a release that the profession does not require a formal education or university. Many professionals are self-educated and are competent and capable.

He noted that the bills cover employment in the public and private sector.

The  Colegio de Profesionales en Informática y Computación has existed since the 1990s, but the bill would revise the rules and make membership obligatory.

The chamber has been lobbying against the bill since July, it said.

He said that those covered by the proposed legislation would be those who develop aps, software or Web pages either for personal use or for a customer.

The chamber is an association of some 200 technology companies

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