Costa Rican Presidential Candidate Solis Promises Tax reform and Poverty EradicationThe Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The presidential candidate of the opposition Citizen Action Party (PAC), Luis Guillermo Solís, today presented his plan for the government, which promised a frontal fight against corruption, eradicating extreme poverty, and tax reform.

“The republic is going through difficult times. We’ve had eight years of misrule (the National Liberation Party). During this period, inequality has grown, as well as unemployment, corruption and inefficiency of public administration,” Solis said in a ceremony before members of the CEP and the press.

The CEP government plan has been named “Rescue Plan, Work, Progress and Joy” and is focused on three pillars: economic growth, combating corruption and the fight against poverty and inequality.

Solis promised to eradicate extreme poverty, which reaches about 7% of the population (300,000 people) through a policy for employment generation and articulation of various social programs that are “scattered” and have failed in their objective.

For more resources, economist Solis said that tax reform is “a must” to better distribute wealth and the annual deficit to around 5% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The proposal indicates that the PAC in the first two years will seek to earn the trust of the population through a collective effort and a review of existing tax breaks in the country.

Solis also announced an immediate intervention of the national road network to promote job creation, economic growth and improving competitiveness, in addition to debt renegotiation of Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) to lower electricity rates.

Another proposal of the PAC is to strengthen institutions such as the Costa Rican Social Security and the Ministry of Public Works and Transport to revive its leading role in building infrastructure.

He also said he strongly supported the agricultural sector, where the majority of Costa Ricans living in rural areas are employed.

He criticized the National Liberation Party, because after eight years of government with Oscar Arias and Laura Chinchilla, they have not reduced poverty, which is around 20%. (EFE)

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose Costa Rica

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