According to analysts Guatemala's economy is still safe

Guatemalan analysts agree that the country will not receive a direct impact from the international financial crisis.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Carlos Gonzalez, an economist from the Association of Investigations and Social Studies, affirmed that he does not foresee any direct impact, however he said that this could happen if the US economy continues to slip and therefore affect Guatemalan exports, remittances and employment.

Cesar Garcia, an analyst at Certez Consulting, explained that as the US economy contracts, there will be less sales and more unemployment.

"We are yet to see what are the main effect of the US crisis on its trading partners and the damages that it will cause to countries such as China and those in Europe.

Miguel Gutierrez, from Central American Business Intelligence, indicated that it is important to continue monitoring the increase in unemployment and the decrease of economic activity in the US.



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