Costa Rica exported $2.9 billion worth of goods during the first quarter of 2012, an increase of $403 million – or 16 percent – compared to the same period in 2011, according to the Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER). March exports exceeded $1 billion, an increase of 11.6 percent over the previous year.Costa Rica’s main trading partners are North America (41.9 percent), the European Union (18.8 percent), Central America (13.9 percent) and Asia (13.5 percent).PROCOMER also noted that exports from Costa Rica’s free zones are largely responsible for the quarterly increase, as the sector grew by 22.6 percent, from $1.2 billion to $1.5 billion during the first three months of 2012.“These quarterly growth rates are the highest since the third quarter of 2006,” Foreign Trade Vice Minister Fernando Ocampo said. Facebook Comments No related posts.
Ron Jackson, President and CEO of Girard-Perregaux North America, will join 3,500 cyclists in the Dempsey Challenge on October 4th in Lewiston-Auburn, Maine. The Dempsey Challenge, founded by avid cyclist and actor Patrick Dempsey, is a fundraising initiative for The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing and will feature various cycling distances (10 to 100 miles) and a 5K run/walk. All funds raised by participants will be donated to The Patrick Dempsey Center, which provides education, support and wellness services to cancer patients and survivors, as well as their families and caregivers.Jackson, along with other industry retailers and friends, got involved with the Challenge via his close relationship with Dempsey. The JeanRichard Swiss Watch team, of which Jackson is a participant, has raised over $17,000 so far and hopes to raise $20,000 total, though Jackson says he “is optimistic that they will go above that.” As of now, the JeanRichard Swiss Watch team is the leading team in generating funds, and Jackson, who has raised over $7,000 himself, is the leading individual for generating funds.For more information and to donate to The Dempsey Challenge, visit www.dempseychallenge.com. To donate to The JeanRichard Swiss Watch team, click on “Current Teams” under “Teams” on the homepage and then “JeanRichard Swiss Watches.”