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UPCOMING EVENTS

March 1st
EXECUTIVE BREAKFAST
Central Bank´s Monetary Policy Program - Dr. Rodrigo Bolaños, President Central Bank of Costa Rica
8:30 a.m. -10:00 a.m. - Hotel Crowne Plaza Corobici - $50 members - $70 non members
The presentation will be held in Spanish.

March 20
EXECUTIVE BREAKFAST - AmCham & Franklin Covey
The Speed of Trust: Inspiring trust is the core of all great leaders.
7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Costa Rica Marriott Hotel - $50 members $70 non-members
The presentation will be held in English.

 
SPONSORS
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February 23rd
Día Nacional de la Empresa Privada y Aniversario UCCAEP
4:00 p.m. – Hotel Crowne Plaza Corobici, Salón Chirripó - uccaep@uccaep.or.cr - No cost

March 7th
CONFERENCE
Infrastructure/Concessions Outreach Event organized by the US Embassy, Colegio de Abogados and AmCham

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Colegio de Abogados - No cost


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Contact Maria Eugenia Mesen for more information.

 


AMCHAM ANNUAL MEETING

• José Antonio Muñoz, partner of the legal firm Arias & Muñoz was reelected as President of AmCham

San José, February 2, 2012. The Costa Rican-American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) held its Annual Meeting on Monday, January 30th where it elected its Board of Directors for the 2012-2013 period. José Antonio Muñoz, partner of the legal firm Arias & Muñoz was reelected as President of AmCham.

The elected Board of Directors is the following:
President   José Antonio Muñoz
1st Vice President   Steve Aronson
2nd VP   Federico Chavarria
Secretary   Tara Polanco
Treasurer   Oscar Rodríguez
Directors   Arturo Velasco
    Rosemary Engels
    José Pablo Montoya
    Lynda Solar
    Isaías González
    John Murphy
    Margaret Grigsby
Fiscal   Gustavo Angulo

As part of the Annual Assembly, AmCham´s President presented his annual report where he highlighted the work the Chamber did in 2011 regarding contraband, intellectual property, and fiscal reform.

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2011 PRESIDENT’S REPORT
José Antonio Muñoz

I would like to highlight some of the events that have had an impact on the business community during my year as President of AmCham.

Costa Rica´s loss of five points in the Global Competitiveness Index of the World Economic Forum, reflected the need for improvements in security and infrastructure, it also highlighted issues like the fiscal deficit and excessive bureaucracy in the country.

This confirmed the need for an organization like the Competitiveness Promotion Council (CPC) that we launched in November, to help drive the changes needed for Costa Rica to maintain its competitiveness.

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WE WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME OUR NEW MEMBERS!

ADT SECURITY SERVICES S.A.
Security Services.
Tel. 2295-6500
www.adt.co.cr

 


BRITISH EMBASSY SAN JOSE
Embassy.
Tel. 2258-2025
www.ukincostarica.fco.gov.uk




CENTRAL DE MANGUERAS S.A.
Commercial
Tel. 2256-1111
www.centraldemangueras.com


GENERAL MICROCIRCUITS DE COSTA RICA GMICR S.R.L.

Contract electronics manufacture
Tel. 2439-1100
www.gmimfg.com


STUDIO HOTEL
Hotel & Facilities.
Tel. 2282-0505
www.costaricastudiohotel.com

Visit Studio Hotel




IN THE NEWS

BANCO CENTRAL

The Central Bank of Costa Rica presented its Macroeconomic Program for the 2012-13 period, with the purpose of informing the population of the behavior of the main macroeconomic variables during 2011, as well as to communicate its interpretation of the foreseeable economic conditions, the challenges that will be faced, and the objectives and orientation of its economic policy.

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AACCLA´s Annual Strategic Planning Retreat

On January 25-27, AmCham participated in AACCLA´s Annual Strategic Planning Retreat. The result of this meeting was a draft agenda for the year ahead.

Part 1: The Policy Agenda

Objective 1) Actively promote the expansion of free trade with and within thehemisphere through advocacy, educational, and public relations activities.

• Promote trade liberalization in the hemisphere through harmonization of trade agreements, bilateral tax and investment treaties, and trade preference programs.
• Ensure rapid implementation of the U.S.-Colombia and the U.S.-Panama trade agreements.

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CAFTA-DR Public-Private Sector Dialogue on Trade Facilitation

AmCham participated in the CAFTA-DR Public-Private Sector Dialogue on Trade Facilitation in Miami, Florida on January 24th. For more information on this event you can see the joint statement from the CAFTA-DR governments following the Trade Facilitation meeting that was held prior to AACCLA´s Strategic Planning Retreat.

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GLOBAL BUSINESS CONFERENCE

On February 21-22 AmCham Executive Director will be attending the Global Business Conference organized by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

"As a piece of this broader agenda, Secretary Clinton has invited senior officials from U.S. business support organizations in over 175 countries for a two-day conference hosted by the State Department in Washington, DC (February 21- 22). The conference will highlight how the U.S. government can help promote U.S. businesses abroad, increase U.S. exports, attract new investment to the United States, and create American jobs. Secretary Clinton will be joined by high-level representatives from the White House, Department of Commerce, the Export- Import Bank, OPIC, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and U.S. business executives to participate in the conference."

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MARKET PERSPECTIVES COURTESY BY WESTERN UNION BUSINESS SOLUTIONS

WORLD MARKET UPDATE - NORTH AMERICA

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MEMBERS EVENTS, PROMOTIONS & NEWS

RAMADA PLAZA HERRADURA HOTEL

The Hotel Ramada Plaza invites you to visit Exponovia 2012 - February 17-18th and 19th at the Conference Center. More than 130 companies will be offering the latest trends to organize the wedding of your dreams. For more information visit www.exponoviacr.com

Saint Valentine's Day Celebration February 14, 2012


STUDIO HOTEL

Group Promotion:
Rate: $84.00 + taxes
Includes: Breakfast Buffet / Wi Fi Internet / 10 minutes international calls / 20% off Food & Beverage / Shuttle Service Out (Hotel-Airport) / Turn Down / Welcome Drink / 01 Fruit Pate and 01 Bottle of water / Shuttle Service to Forum I - II, Plaza Roble and Meridiano Business Center / 10% off Meeting Packages.
www.costaricastudiohotel.com



AMCHAM SERVICES


AmCham offers a variety of activities and services to help its membership be better prepared for doingbusiness locally, regionally and internationally.


AMCHAM BUSINESS VISA PROGRAM

 

 


VISITOR’S PROGRAM:


If you have a visitor from overseas and would like to share information/best practices with our members we would be happy to help you organize an event. We have full sponsorship and partial sponsorship packages. For more information please contact Julettta Broomfield at amcham@amcham.co.cr



EVENTS & SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

We have sponsorship opportunities available for our 2012 events. Please contact Catalina Camacho for more information asistente@amcham.co.cr

If you have an event you would like to co-organize with us, please send us the topic of the event, proposed speaker, and target audience. Please send the information to asistente@amcham.co.cr



WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

If you have news/events to share with out membership please send them before the last Wednesday of the month so we can include them in our newsletter. We welcome your comments, and suggestions! asistente@amcham.co.cr

CICA

ARBITRATION CENTER AMCHAM-QUITO
March 1-2, 2012

The Arbitration & Mediation Center of AmCham Quito, CIAM, and the Ecuadorian Institute of Arbitration are organizing the “VI Conference on International Arbitration” which will take place in Quito on March 1st and 2nd, 2012.

Download de Conference Program

For registrations

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