Invest with Purpose

We are
CINDE

Count on the #1 investment promotion

agency in the world to be your
guide on this journey

The Investment Promotion
Agency of Costa Rica
Home of the FDI of the future

For almost 40 years, the Costa Rican lnvestment Promotion Agency, CINDE, a private, non-political, and non-profit organization, has advised and guided over 300 high-tech companies to establish in the country. Becoming the right partner to reach sustainable productivity and drive investment with a purpose.

Since its creation in 1982, CINDE has promoted FDI in strategic sectors such as Smart Manufacturing, Knowledge-Intensive Services, and Health & Wellbeing, to generate employment and greater opportunities for its most valuable asset: its people; with the goal of contributing to the social and economic development of Costa Rica.

CINDE was ranked in 2019 as the world’s top institution in attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), by the International Trade Center.

• Leading the world of FDI
• Private, non profit, non political

#1 investment promotion agency in the world in 2017, 2018, 2019 according to International Trade Center, United Nations.
All our services are free of charge
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A bold Vision

Vision:

To contribute to the country’s economic and sustainable development, its economic impact and its social progress by attracting foreign direct investment and nurturing the right investment climate to do so.

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With a strong Mission

Mission:

To position Costa Rica as a sustainable country, highly connected with the global economy, reliable to investors; fostered by its growth in modern, high-tech, and knowledge intensive industries which drive employment on a national scale and promote productive linkages.

OUR SERVICES

A successful journey begins with the right guide

We are devoted to your satisfaction. In a nutshell, we help companies settle in our country providing specialized advisory and guidance in 4 focus areas. All of our services are free of charge.

Investment Cycle
Investment Advisory

Investment Advisory

From the beginning of the site selection phase, through the installation and during the operational phase in Costa Rica, the companies will have specialized investment advisory. Including detailed presentations on investment opportunities and business climate, reliable and detailed up-to-date information, and coordination of on-site or virtual meetings with other foreign companies, potential suppliers, governmental institutions, academia, among others.

Investment Entry

Investment Entry

Full-service support during the set-up process including an installation process roadmap and timetable: investor “hand-holding” through the entire permit process and assistance expediting permits, including immigration, FTZ Regime,etc.

In addition, CINDE offers its full list of service providers comprising over 80 companies to support the entry to the country, as well as assistance in the real estate selection process. Other support services include the communications strategy for the company´s official announcement.

Investment Retention / Expansion

Investment Retention / Expansion

Advisory on reinvestment opportunities to expand, diversify, and sophisticate the company's´s local operations, including A-to-Z follow-up, tactical problem-solving with licenses, permits and regulatory procedures, and linkages with service providers.

CINDE also facilitates the collaboration between established companies, regulatory bodies, and/or academia to move forward a work agenda of common interests.

In addition, CINDE provides communication strategy support for expansion, reinvestments, or other impactful programs that the company does in the country.

Linkages & Spillovers

Linkages & Spillovers

CINDE provides a detailed listing of local suppliers, service providers, and contract manufacturers. We also provide assistance in contacting and developing local suppliers through PROCOMER’s Linkages Department, and work in close coordination and planning with established companies to help attract their key suppliers to Costa Rica.

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CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

Led by experience. Driven by talent.

Eric Scharf

Chairman of the Board

Eric Scharf

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Our Chairman

Eric Scharf

Eric Scharf has extensive experience in the public and private sectors. Prior to becoming the President, he held the position of prosecutor on the Board of Directors of CINDE.

He is a founding partner of the Sfera Legal law firm and the Costa Rica-Israel Liaison Forum, the Costa Rica-Israel Chamber of Commerce and the Costa Rican Interfaith Forum.

He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Export Promotion Agency of Costa Rica from 2010 to 2014.

In addition, he is a member of the Entrepreneurs Organization, where he has held positions as President of the Costa Rican chapter, Area Director for Central America and the Caribbean and Regional Director for Latin America.

Mr. Scharf is a lawyer who graduated from the University of Costa Rica and holds a master’s degree from Columbia University School of Law of New York.

Jorge Sequeira

Our Managing Director

Jorge Sequeira

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Our Managing Director

Jorge Sequeira

Jorge Sequeira a is the Managing Director of the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE). He joined CINDE in 2014, after he served four years as General Manager in the Costa Rican Trade Promotion Agency, PROCOMER. Prior to that, he co-founded and acted as CEO of Exactus Corporation, a business software development company with presence in 12 countries throughout Latin America. He acted as Vice-president of the Board of Directors of the Costa Rican Chamber of Industries, as well as of GS1 Costa Rica, the local office of the Brussels-based global organization.

Mr. Sequeira graduated from Tufts University, in Boston, Massachusetts, where he obtained an Engineering degree in Computer Science and Applied Math. He then obtained a post-graduate degree in Administration and Management from the Harvard University School of Extension.

Our board of Directors

Gabriela Llobet
Vice President
Gabriela Llobet
Raquel Fernández
Secretary
Raquel Fernández
Fernando Cruz
Treasurer
Fernando Cruz
Rosalía Morales
Director
Rosalía Morales

Federico Villalobos
Director
Federico Villalobos
Shannon Music
Director
Shannon Music
Rodrigo Zapata
Controller
Rodrigo Zapata
Luis Gamboa
Honorary President
Luis Gamboa
José Rossi
Honorary President
José Rossi

Our values
define us

Excellence
Excellence

We are devoted to our work for Costa Rica, driven by the highest quality standards and the pursuit of continuous improvement and success.

Passion
Passion

We work with enthusiasm and pride, maintaining a positive and persistent attitude and seeking to inspire and involve others.

COLLABORATION
COLLABORATION

Our purpose unites us as a team, which we build through constant communication, fostering different perspectives, and building relationships that enhance our impact.

Innovation
Innovation

We work in a bold, agile and creative way, constantly striving to learn and transform ourselves to create opportunities.

IMPACT
IMPACT

We carry out profoundly transformative work, which contributes to the development and wellbeing of our country and our clients, partners and collaborators.

INTEGRITY
INTEGRITY

We build our relationships with mutual respect, ethics and trust, maintaining the highest level of professionalism and leading by example.

We are part of
Costa Rica’s Foreign Trade triad

Together we work as a pillar to drive the country’s economic and social development

Carbon Neutral CINDE

Committed to
sustainability to drive business success

CINDE is a Certified Carbon Neutral investment promotion agency. Since 2015, CINDE has sought to contribute to the global SDGs and the National Decarbonization plan. It has attempted to reduce its emissions, which primarily result from international promotional tours.

According to its greenhouse gas emissions inventory report, CINDE produced 85 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), which were reduced through the Inversiones Eólicas Orosí Dos S.A. project.

Within the framework of the PreCOP 25, carried out in San José, Costa Rica, in 2019, CINDE was recognized for its participation in the Carbon Neutrality 2.0 Program, since it fulfilled its commitment to reduce its carbon emissions in 2018 and 2019.


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