The Nation State program that it carries out analyzes the progress and state of Costa Rica year after year, today released the analysis of this year. Reflecting a less than encouraging perspective on issues of finances, stability, confidence and employment.
From experiencing a “critical juncture”, according to the 2019 State of the Nation Report, it has gone through a serious crisis that threatens historical achievements of that development. This is, in short, the central difference between the situation the nation was in a year ago and the one it is in today, as a result of the most serious productive, fiscal and social shock since the eighties and, depending on what what happens in the coming months, of modern national history.
Although the covid-19 pandemic has impacted the entire planet, in Costa Rica it has materialized the risks to the sustainability of the national development style that this Report has been pointing out for several editions, due to structural weaknesses in economic, social and environmental matters. and policy, for which it did not introduce strategic corrective elements to mitigate risks. In 2019 the Report said “whether the country falls into a crisis in the short term, or whether this can be avoided, depends, in part, on factors unrelated to Costa Rican society.” The warning is taking shape.
Currently, Costa Rica faces and discusses the urgency of strong adjustments that prevent a deepening of the fiscal crisis, which aggravates the productive and social shock that the country is experiencing. However, they must consider the most appropriate form of distribution of the sacrifices for the population and public policy, without irreversibly compromising human development. At the moment, the way of facing the crisis is generating strong social and political tensions and uncertainties.
The government collects protests.
According to the analysis of the Nation State, the government of Carlos Alvarado Quesada is the second with the most protests in the last 28 years, an impressive milestone for a government that has only been in office for 2 of its 4 years.
As explained by the PEN research coordinator, Leonardo Merino, “this administration is the second with the most social protests in its first two years since we registered it in 1992. Between 2018 and 2019 the amount is only compared to the situation of the Combo del ICE at the beginning of the century ”(protests against the opening of the telecommunications monopoly). … “from very early on this executive has had low levels of citizen support”, however it was highlighted that this became a “normal pattern” during the two previous administrations …