The Rice entrepreneur and financier of the election campaign of current President Rodrigo Chaves, Bernal Jiménez Chavarría, He must appear this Monday in the legislative commission that is investigating the financing of political parties during the last election campaign.
The former director of Trust “Prosperous Costa Rica”. Carlos Vásquez Landergreen, a mechanism used by people close to Chaves to finance his candidacy before the start of the official election campaign and which is being investigated by the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the TSE, said today in the same commission on March 27 President managed a contribution of $15,000 Jiménez Chavarría did that.
This money was used to finance political advice from former National Liberation Party (PLN) deputy Carlos Pérez Vargas.
According to official information from the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) Jiménez He donated just over £32 million to the Chaves Social Democratic Progress Party (PPSD) campaign.
After taking office, Jiménez was appointed by Chaves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Costa Rica (BCCR).
It was also said that this rice importer would have benefited from the presidential decree reducing tariffs on rice imports and abolishing all price fixing.
Businessman Jiménez is president of Mercadeo de Articles de Consumo SA, which ranked third among the country’s main rice importing companies in 2021.
This year, this company imported 7% of the rice imported into the country, totaling 1,446 tons.
The so-called rice route decree could benefit a small group of importers that dominate the market.
Jiménez is the son of Bernal Jiménez Monge, who died in March 2021, and was a prominent leader of the PLN, former deputy and former president of the Central Bank.