The IMF Country Reports Series covers economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after discussions with officials of the country, is published at the option of the member.
This paper discusses pilot fiscal transparency assessment for Costa Rica. The assessment confirmed that Costa Rica has various excellent and sophisticated fiscal transparency practices. Those include: (1) institutional coverage with annual consolidated budgetary information for the entire public sector and monthly information for the Executive Branch; (2) information produced regarding tax expenditures; (3) an independent Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic that audits budget balances by May of the following year; and (4) a medium-term budgetary framework and budgetary projections with forecasts of key macroeconomic variables and the assumptions on which they are based. However, weaknesses do persist in some areas.