Guatemala Promotes Agro-industrial Investments

According to the country's agency responsible for encouraging foreign direct investment (FDI), the agro-industrial sector is the most promising and important.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Fanny Estrada, director of the Guatemalan Exporters’ Association (AGEXPORT), commented that in several cases, "while demand exists for a product there is insufficient supply capacity," and added that, "there is potential to increase output in these areas".

On the positive side, the Invest in Guatemala office highlights the variety of microclimates present in the country, which enables a vast array of agro-industrial products to be made available. Guatemala is also very close to the huge North American market and its 425 million inhabitants.

Invest in Guatemala mentions the confectionary, juice and drinks, sweet breads and conserve sectors as representing the most attractive propositions.



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