WHAT IS THE GREEN GROWTH PLATFORM?
Costa Rica Green Growth is a program that aims to promote processes of productive transformation that improve the profile of environmental sustainability of companies and with this their export profile, through the granting of seed capital to companies. This is carried out thanks to a Cooperation Agreement between the Foreign Trade Promoter (PROCOMER) and the Costa Rica Foundation United States of America for Cooperation (CRUSA) for a period of 4 years in which Procomer will grant non-reimbursable funds to 200 companies With this program, Procomer intends to diversify and increase the added value of the exportable supply, through the articulation of diverse sources of financing, the productive transformation efforts of the productive sector and the national strategies of export promotion, linkages and undertakings.
Premier Dental Care Jaco
The Promotora del Comercio Exterior de Costa Rica (PROCOMER) and the Costa Rica Foundation United States for Cooperation (CRUSA) had launched the first Costa Rica Green Growth transformation contest. In the first stage of this contest Premier Dental Care Jaco was the olny selected around all Pacific area, its consist on small and medium enterprises that may opt for non-reimbursable funds to develop projects for obtaining certifications and environmental innovation of processes and products, seeking energy efficiency, renewable energy, emission reduction , water use and integrated waste management.
Claudia Dobles, First Lady of the Republic, explained “our country is positioned internationally as a decarbonization laboratory, hence the Government’s actions are aimed at promoting processes such as this, where productive transformation is intended to improve the sustainability profile environmental protection of Costa Rican companies. We recognize the work of PROCOMER to increase the added value of the exportable offer and we thank CRUSA for this Cooperation Agreement. ”
For the Minister of Foreign Trade and President of the Board of Directors of PROCOMER, Dyalá Jiménez, Costa Rica Green Growth is another example of the country’s environmental sustainability and competitiveness vis-à-vis international markets. “Costa Rica already has a consolidated image as a green country, which we seek to strengthen through the” Green Growth “program. There are competitive exporting companies that also contribute to the country goal of achieving a green economy that generates welfare and social equity, while reducing environmental risks, “he said.
For his part, Pedro Beirute Prada, General Manager of PROCOMER, emphasized that this innovative program aims to take national SMEs to another level, at a level where their green transformation increases their competitiveness and makes them more attractive to international buyers. “Consumer trends are increasingly oriented towards environmentally sustainable products and processes, for this reason we are betting on this contest, because for our companies this green transformation is a great opportunity, since it will open the doors to many international markets,” he commented. .
“With this initiative, the CRUSA Foundation seeks to promote high impact solutions to national challenges in a context full of uncertainty. With the Green Growth Program, we promote the development of a productive reconversion platform for exporting SMEs or with export potential, so that, taking advantage of the high global recognition that Costa Rica has in environmental matters, increase its competitiveness, giving a greater added value of its products, by implementing friendly practices with the environment in its production processes, so that they can enter markets with high quality standards, “said Michelle Coffey, Executive Delegate of the CRUSA Foundation.
- It must be an SME (1-100 employees).
- That PROCOMER has applied the unique exporting diagnosis.
- Impact positively with your project on one of these criteria: Energy efficiency, renewable energies, emission reduction, water use and integrated waste management.
The winning companies, after having been analyzed by a PROCOMER technical committee, obtain financing of up to 80% non-reimbursable for the development of their project. The amount of the projects varies by category.