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San José, Costa Rica, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, Vol. 17, No. 193
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San José mayor expresses his opposition to artisan market measure
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Johnny Araya, the San José mayor, expressed his disapproval Wednesday against a bill that would preserve the Calle 13 Bis artisan market.

This is the string of stalls under a tin roof that parallels the west side of the Plaza de la Cultura. The market came into being in 1994 when the vendors who cater to tourists were evicted from the Plaza de la Cultura. The Municipalidad de San José declared that section of Calle 13 the Calle Nacional de la Artesanía. But now the municipal council wants the street back.

Araya told lawmakers that the stalls are astride a public right-of-way in the center of the downtown. He was speaking against bill No. 19690 that would put the market under the control of the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio and specify the location as the existing one.

Meanwhile, the municipality has invested 1.8 billions colons,
about $3.3 million, for a structure on the east side of the Plaza Garantías Sociales. Merchants say this is off the beaten track and hard for tourists to find. The site is a bit more than one block south of Avenida 2.

The current market is between the Museo Nacional and the  Museo de Jade, a place that is being promoted as a museum corridor.

The bill still is in the Comisión Permanente de Gobierno y Administración where Araya spoke. He said the street was too narrow to put a permanent building for the market.

President Luis Guillermo Solís sided with the merchants and early in his term issued an executive order protecting the market at its current location. But the Sala IV constitutional court rejected that decree.

The municipality wants to evict the merchants before any bill is past regarding the city street.


Nation's goods and services are on display for international buyers
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

An estimated 660 Costa Rican business people are presenting their wares to more than 300 buyers from 40 countries today, the second day of the Buyers Trade Mission 2016.

This is the 18th annual edition of the event sponsored by the Promotora del Comercio Exterior. It is being held in the Centro de Eventos Pedregal west of the capital.

The promotional agency said that there are 120 stands showing

Costa Rican products and services and that vendors have 5,000 personal appointments with buyers.

About 120 of the firms offering goods and services showed up at the event for the first time, said Pedro Beirute Prada, general manger of the promotional agency.

Promotora del Comercio Exterior also is displaying its Costa Rican trademark, esencial COSTA RICA, in a separate stand featuring the firms that subscribe to the logo. The promotion agency evaluates firms seeking the trademark.


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