and Contract Brokers
The following reasons creates an unprecedented business environment
Why ICCB suggests Costa Rica and Belize,
or other Central American Countries
Business Climate: Both Costa Rica and Belize are among the safest and most attractive countries for foreign investment. There are many High Tech Companies already doing business in these countries.
Stable Economies: Their political stability and high education level are an attraction for foreign investors.
Relatively Low Labor Costs: Labor is relatively inexpensive The wage is much lower than the USA and Western European countries. Some typical monthly salaries are Accountant $400.00, clerk $175.00, computer operator $300.00, doctor $1000.00, other professionals $430.00, plant supervisor $400.00, and unskilled laborer $120.00.
Official Languages: The official language of Belize is English, however Spanish and a Creole Dialect are widely spoken. The official language of Costa Rica is Spanish, with English being a very common second language.
Government Type: Both Belize and Costa Rica are long standing democracies, with a long history of political, social, and economic stability.
Educated Population: Costa Rica and Belize have an educated, computer literate and disciplines workforce, along with a modern production infrastructure. The workforce is easily qualified and eager to work.
Internet Services: Internet services are readily available and among the most sophisticate in Central America, with point to point and point to multi-point microwave, fiber-optic and coaxial links. .
USA Outsourcing: Costa Rica and Belize are favorites for USA companies wanting to keep outsourcing closer to the USA. Costa Rica has been called "the Silicon Valley of Central America". Also, for many USA companies, the strategic reason for choosing Central American Countries is to establish a presence in Latin America, which is one of the world's fastest-growing markets for high-tech goods.
Outsource Advantages: Both Costa Rica and Belize have helpful environment for investors, and they are known for the easiness and flexibility of their people. They have a sophisticated infrastructure; sophisticated telecommunications system, seaports and international airports.
Ideal Location: Costa Rica and Belize are strategically located between the USA and many emerging markets in Central America and in South America. Both countries are less than two hours from 3 gateways in the United States, and just a short distance from Mexico. Travel between Costa Rica and Belize from the USA is simple.
Guatemala as a potential outsource country is viable alternative.
Some of the same advantages can apply to the New Independent
States (NIS), Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)
and to Asian Countries