Public and private authorities from Petén, Sololá, Sacatepéquez, Izabal, Retalhuleu and Baja Verapaz are participating in the program and already have an agenda for tourismcompetitiveness.
Rosa Maria Bolaños writes in her article in Prensalibre.com: “The agenda works in areas, which include project proposals that the private and public sectors must consider based on the vision of being attractive and seeking international financing, according to Estrada.”
The region must develop a comprehensive vision in order to ensure the productivity of resources for investment in infrastructure, including in the public and private sector, and one which is long term.
A statement from the CAF reads:
Under the premise that quality infrastructure is a key factor for the development of more inclusive and competitive societies, the CAF - Development Bank of Latin America- presented in the Iberomamerican summit of Heads of State in the city of Panama a diagnostic document entitled Ideal: Infrastructure in the the Development of Latin America.
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will support several programs to improve the competitiveness of companies in Guatemala, a move that will help boost economic growth.
In a meeting today, the board of the IDB approved a proposal that will allow Guatemala to use a $29 million loan from the Bank to start up a program for the development of firms, particularly micro, small and medium enterprises, and production chains in the country, based on a scheme that promotes public-private partnerships. The program will offer a series of business development services to boost productivity and competitiveness in productive sectors that are potentially world class and territorial leaders.
A four-year plan to attract US$1.5 billion in foreign investment and promote the energy sector was unveiled last week by the Guatemalan government.
The plan was unveiled by the National Program for Competition (Pronacom) and the Invest in Guatemala investment agency as part of a national strategy for development. The heads of Pronacom, Julio Héctor Estrada, and Invest in Guatemala, Mario Marroquín, presented the plan.
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