According to FORESTA’s 2012 report, the most significant present ICT policies for Costa Rica are included in the National Plan of Telecommunications Development, the XXI Century Strategy and The Digital Government Action Plan 2008-2010. Overall, there is no clearly identified ICT National Policy, however, there are pieces of National ICT Policy identified in each of the above plans.
- FORESTA – The National Plan for Information Technology, 2012, English
- The WSIS National e-Strategies for Development Report, 2010, English
- OECD National Report, 2012, English
The Program of Educational Informatics MEP-FOD aims to improve the quality of the public education system in Costa Rica by providing students and teachers with access to information technology and services. The Ministry of Public Education of Costa Rica and the Omar Dengo Foundation initiated the program in 1988.
- The Ministry of Public Education, 2012, Spanish
Based on numerous health indicators, Costa Rica can be described as having an efficient universal healthcare system that reaches 99% of the Costa Rican population and is comparable in quality to the healthcare systems of developed nations. In fact, the major health care problems in Costa Rica are more similar to those of the developed nations, than those of the developing nations.
TED TALK video about Cost Rica: Happiest country on earth!
Overall, Costa Rica is a very great country to explore for exemplary use of ICTs in development.