Guatemala looks towards Asia

Last year, Asia represented the fourth trade region in sales from Guatemala and the second for the purchase of goods-.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Mario Marroquin, executive director of the Invest state office in Guatemala, explained that even though the zone has a great potential for Guatemalan products, we should focus on the four countries with which we currently have the greatest flow of trade and investments.

These are China, South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan, but mainly the first because the growth in imports has been above 330% in 5 years. The increase in sales of our products to China has been over 1100% during the same period.

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