COMEX (Costa Rica)

The Duke GVC Center embarked on a series of studies for the Ministry of Foreign Trade (COMEX) in Costa Rica to understand the participation of Costa Rica in four global value chains: medical devices, electronics, aerospace and offshore services. The ultimate goal  was to provide a set of recommendations to the Costa Rican government to enhance the participation and upgrading in the industries selected, as the following story details.

GVC Modules and Applications

Stacey Frederick gave a presentation on “GVC Modules and Applications” at the Seminar on Accounting for Global Value Chains in Luxembourg on June 7, 2017. The meeting was organized by the United Nations Expert Group on International Trade and Economic Globalization Statistics (ITEGS).

Gary Gereffi – Life Science Forum 2013, Costa Rica

An excerpt of Professor Gary Gereffi’s keynote at the Life Sciences Forum 2013, featuring Isaías González, GM of Hospira Costa Rica, Jorge Perera, GM of Boston Scientific Costa Rica, and Javier Gómez, GM of St. Jude Costa Rica.; If you wish to download the full presentation, or get more information about the Forum, please visit , or the Forum’s website:; Un extracto de la presentación del Profesor Gary Gereffi en el Life Sciences Forum 2013, con la participación de Isaías González, Gerente General de Hospira Costa Rica, Jorge Perera, Gerente General de Boston Scientific Costa Rica, y Javier Gómez, Gerente General de St. Jude Costa Rica.; Si desea descargar la presentación completa, o conocer más información sobre el Forum, por favor visite…

Global value chains and upgrading: Export promotion in FTZs

This article highlights the case study of Costa Rica’s medical devices sector based on the Duke GVC Center’s 2013 report for Costa Rica. This issue of the World FZO Bulletin was distributed to all conference participants at the World FZO conference held in Dubai, May 9-11, 2016.

Costa Rica in the Offshore Services Global Value Chain: Opportunities for Upgrading: Chapter 5

Costa Rica in the Medical Devices Global Value Chain: Opportunities for Upgrading: Chapter 2

Costa Rica in the Electronics Global Value Chain: Opportunities for Upgrading: Chapter 3

Costa Rica in the Aerospace Global Value Chain: Opportunities for Entry & Upgrading: Chapter 4

This report was prepared for COMEX as part of a series of GVC industries on Costa Rica. The report has four main sections. First, there is an overview of the aerospace GVC and a discussion of the key segments of the chain. This section presents the governance structure, upgrading and workforce development aspects of this industry. While a global overview of the GVC is required to fully appreciate the mechanisms that drive the industry, emphasis is placed on those parts of the value chain that are most relevant for a small developing country in general, and Costa Rica in particular. This is followed by an analysis of the experiences of Querétaro, Mexico and Singapore as they established aerospace clusters in order to identify potential lessons for Costa Rica. Section 4 provides an analysis of Costa Rica’s actual contributions to the global aerospace sector and the country’s position in the GVC. Finally, section five discusses the potential upgrading trajectories available to allow Costa Rica to improve its participation in the industry, taking into account the country’s unique economic and institutional context.

Costa Rica in Global Value Chains: An Upgrading Analysis: Introduction: Chapter 1

Medical Devices Global Value Chain: Opportunities and Challenges for Upgrading

Gereffi gave a presentation at the Life Sciences Forum in San Jose, Costa Rica (March 18-20, 2013) based on results of CGGC\’s 2013 report on Costa Rica in the Medical Devices Global Value Chain: Opportunities for Upgrading. More than 400 leading company representatives from the medical industry, providers and international experts gathered from the United States, Puerto Rico, Italy and Latin America at this event to discuss topics of interest for the life sciences sector. Other speakers included: Dr. David Albert, Founder and General Director of Alivecor; Matt Szuhaj, Director of Deloitte Consulting LLP; Sheila Hemeon-Heyer, President of Heyer Regulatory Solutions; Scott Nelson, founder of; Art Erdman, Director of Medical Devices Center at the University of Minnesota; and Charles Sidebottom, Director of Corporate Standards, Medtronic. View agenda: