OECD Reviews of Innovation Policy: Costa Rica 2017

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Costa Rica’s successful economic performance and social achievements realised over the last three decades are widely acknowledged. GDP per capita has steadily increased at higher rates than in most Latin American countries as the economy has evolved along its development path from a rural and agriculture-based to a more diversified economy integrated in global value chains. But Costa Rica faces challenges and must enhance and broaden the basis for productivity growth by strengthening its innovation system and enhancing the role of science, technology and innovation in addressing its national development goals.




The OECD Review of Innovation Policy in Costa Rica is part of a series of OECD country reviews of innovation policy.* It was requested by the Costa Rican authorities, and was carried out by the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation under the auspices of the Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy (CSTP). Special thanks are due to Vice-President Ana Helena Chacón Echeverría, Minister Marcelo Jenkins (Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications, MICITT) and Minister Alexander Mora (COMEX) for their time and support. The British Embassy in Costa Rica provided generous financial support.


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