Here’s some good news from 2016: Costa Rica is still steadily reducing its poverty rate, bolstering its economy and its reputation as one of the best development success stories in Latin America.
By international poverty standards (less than $1.90 USD a day), Costa Rica has dropped from over 11 percent in the 1990s to just under 2 percent today, according to World Bank data. When compared to poverty trends across the rest of the region, Costa Rica has become something of a model.
Some experts have attributed the country’s success to reduced inflation and benefits granted by government subsidies, as well as steady economic growth overall in the past 25 years. According to the World Bank, the country’s outward-oriented growth – based on openness to foreign investment such as the entry of Intel in the mid-1990s – has played a big role.
But Costa Rica’s economy is only part of the story. The millions who have risen out of poverty since the 1990s would not have been able to do so without coordinated work by government agencies, which have consistently supported job creation and improved the business environment, said Franco Pacheco, chamber president of the Costa Rican Union of Private Sector Chambers and Associations, in a Tico Times report. Costa Rica ranks higher than neighboring countries in terms of health and social capital, is the only tropical country in the world to have reversed deforestation, and has one of the best education systems in Latin America.
Costa Rica’s politicians are also eager to tout the country’s commitments to ensuring personal freedoms, particularly human rights, according to Vice President of Costa Rica and Coordinator of the Presidential Social Council Ana Helena Chacón.
“We will continue to work harder, under the conviction that it is possible to move the needle toward equality and social inclusion,” Chacón told the Panama Post.
Source : Humanosphere