San Jose, March 18, 2020. Today, after having had an impact on more than 120 companies, the Green Growth program and the DISCOVER program launched their IV and II call for national SMEs interested in a productive transformation to participate in a competition for non-reimbursable funds. The objective of this transformation is to increase competitiveness, diversification and facilitate the access of more Costa Rican products to international markets.
The competitions, promoted by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promoter (PROCOMER), in conjunction with strategic alliances with entities such as the Ministry of Foreign Trade (COMEX), the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), the Costa Rican USA Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Development Banking System (SBD) aim to benefit a total of 65 small and medium-sized companies.
The “Green Growth” program seeks to improve the environmental sustainability profile and the export capacity of SMEs. Simultaneously, “Discover” is an inter-institutional program for the diversification of agriculture, fisheries, and the attraction of investments in rural areas.
The Vice Minister of Foreign Trade, Duayner Salas Chaverri, commented that “the unification of these programs fills the foreign trade sector with pride, because it clearly portrays our interest in helping Costa Rican companies become more competitive and reach their maximum potential. The DISCOVER and Green Growth programs allow us to promote productive transformation, beyond company and producer growth, providing companies with sustainability from the environmental, social and economic perspectives.”
“This is an excellent opportunity for the agricultural sector that has opted for sustainable and environmentally responsible production systems, wagering on innovation and technology, for a production that is more efficient and in accordance with the demands of national and international markets. I invite the sector to submit their initiatives and compete for these resources that represent an option for transformation and improvement of competitiveness,” said the Vice Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Ana Cristina Quirós Soto.
Pedro Beirute Prada, General Manager
at PROCOMER, added that “95% of our business park are SMEs, and we want
many of them to become exporters.”
Those interested can participate with projects that require technical advice, the acquisition of equipment, certifications, innovations, and others. In this case, the winners will obtain non-reimbursable financing for up to 80% of the development of their project. The amount per project varies based on category, and the maximum amount financed is $15,000.
Companies interested in participating must submit their projects before April 17 through the application platform available at www.crecimientoverdecr.com or http://www.descubre.cr/, where information can also be found regarding the programs, Operating Bases, and Rules and Conditions for the competitions.
To learn more about Green Growth, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 4505-4909. To learn more about Discover, please send an e-mail to email@example.com or call 4505-4917.
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