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IBM To Invest US$300 million in Costa Rica Creating 1,000+ New Jobs

 

The announcement was made by President Laura Chinchilla, who called the IBM initiative as "the most significant foreign investment in Costa Rica in the last 13 years and the largest ever in the field of services."

According to Costa Rica's most influential daily newspaper La Nacion, IBM is to invest US$300 million in opening a high technology professional services center which should generate 1,000 jobs in the next three years.

The announcement was made by the Minister of External Commerce (COMEX) and Patt Cronin, General Manager, Global Technology Delivery and Delivery Excellence, IBM Corporation. With them was the Costa Rica President Laura Chinchilla, the VP Luis Liberman and Senior Management of the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MICIT). See their various biographies here.

This significant new investment by IBM is certainly a huge vote of confidence in Costa Rica, it's government and the people. IBM already employs around 1,000 people in Costa Rica and this new US$300 million investment means more high quality employment opportunities in the rapidly expanding high technology services field.

You can see some example of the pages and pages of IBM jobs available in Costa Rica right now at JobCentral.com

 

Patt Cronin said that: "This center plays a vital role in IBM's ability to offer customer support at all levels-local, regional and global, in order to provide flexibility, scalability and the security our customers expect."

"We chose Costa Rica for our newest center for the strong working alliance which exists between the public and private sectors, for the quality of the city of San Jose, it's competitive business model and the talent and skills offered by the Costa Rican people."

There are however some challenges ahead as was discussed at the meeting where the Americas Society/Council of the Americas, together with the World Bank and the Government of Costa Rica hosted its first Latin American Cities Conference in Costa Rica.

At the conference Costa Rica's Minister of Education Leonardo Guernier pointed out that: "Education is not only important in terms of competitiveness but it is important for life. In Costa Rica, we have many strengths--we have schools in every corner of the country. However, we have a few major challenges. Perhaps the most serious one is that many people still aren't finishing high school."

 

 

 

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