Costa Rica: An Overview [Updated September 30, 2021]   [open pdf - 557KB]

From the Document: "Costa Rica historically has been an outpost of political and economic stability in an often-turbulent region. The United States has worked closely with the country to address challenges in Central America and to advance shared values, such as democracy and human rights, worldwide. [...] Socioeconomic conditions have deteriorated considerably due to the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic. Although the government enacted emergency measures to support businesses and households, the economy contracted by 4.1% and the poverty rate increased from 24% to 30% in 2020. More than 19% of Costa Ricans remained unemployed in the second quarter of 2021. Nevertheless, the Central Bank of Costa Rica estimates that economic activity has returned to pre-pandemic levels and forecasts 3.9% growth for 2021. [...] The United States coordinates closely with Costa Rica and provides the country with assistance to combat transnational crime and other security threats. In the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (P.L. [Public Law] 116-260), Congress appropriated $40.7 million of security assistance for Costa Rica. [...] U.S. assistance has helped Costa Rica expand community-based crime prevention programs, train security and justice sector personnel, and acquire equipment--including aircraft, patrol boats, and ground-based radar--that enhances the country's ability to monitor and control its national territory. According to the U.S. State Department, Costa Rica, working closely with the United States, disrupted at least 17 international drug trafficking organizations and seized more than 71 metric tons of illicit drugs in 2020."

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CRS In Focus, IF10908
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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