Promotora del Comercio Exterior de Costa Rica has opened an office in Doha, Qatar, in anticipation of increasing trade in the Middle East.
The promotional organization describes itself as a public but non-governmental agency. It is allied closely with the Ministerio de Comercio Exterior.
Qatar is known for its petroleum and liquid gas production and spectacular urban growth. The country, a monarchy, is scheduled to host the 2022 World Cup soccer championships.
Costa Rica exported $220,000 in goods to Qatar last year, mostly in ornamental plants.
The Persian Gulf state is a western ally against terrorism.