Fitch Recommends Raising Tax Burden in Guatemala

Fitch suggests an increase in tax burden in order to improve government spending and thus achieve higher social spending.

Friday, January 28, 2011

This will improve the country´s risk ratings and thus attract investment, said Erick Campos, Executive Director of Fitch. includes statements from the executive, "Guatemala has maintained a record of good macroeconomic management, which has allowed it to have good credit ratings, but cannot advance any further because social conditions are not the best, so to progress, the State must increase social spending and therefore needs more revenue. "

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