Free Trade Zone Reform in Guatemala

If proposed reforms are approved, the country should find it easier to attract foreign investment.

Monday, August 23, 2010

The reform to the Free Trade Zone law is expected to be approved by the end of the year, stated congressman Mariano Rayo.

"This initiative seeks to create conditions favorable to encouraging investment. 'The export sector has been participating alongside other organizations in dialogue sessions with congress to develop this innovative and future looking proposal,' commented the director of the Guatemalan Exporters Association (AGEXPORT), Fanny D. Estrada", reports

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