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

Costa Rica in the Medical Devices Global Value Chain: Opportunities for Upgrading: Chapter 2
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Penny Bamber | Gary Gereffi

This report begins with an overview of the medical devices value chain, discussion of key segments,  governance structure, upgrading and workforce development. Understanding the manner in which the industry operates at a global level is essential to be able to determine how Costa Rica may be able to grow in the future. The next section examines the upgrading experience of Baja California and Ireland in the GVC for lessons to inform Costa Rican policy development and to identify potential upgrading trajectories for the country. Section four provides an analysis of Costa Rica’s current contributions to the global medical devices sectors and the country’s position in the GVC, highlighting significant trends in the evolution of the industry in the country. Finally, challenges that could undermine attempts to upgrade and grow are discussed. Gereffi gave a presentation at the Life Sciences Forum in San Jose, Costa Rica (March 18-20, 2013) based on results of this 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 and international experts gathered from the United States, Puerto Rico, Italy and Latin America at the event to discuss topics of interest for the life sciences sector.

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