More Insurance Options in Guatemala

The coming into effect of the new Law on January 1st, 2011, would incite the creation of more insurance products geared towards individuals.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Insurance in Guatemala has now a 7% penetration, a very low percentage compared to other Latin American countries where it reaches 25 to 30%.

The article by Leonel Díaz Cedeño of, reported that the Superintendent of Banks, Victor Mancilla, stated: "The new legislation also brings competition, as it opens the door to foreign insurers to operate in the country. At the moment there is only a formal request from a British insurer, but there have been contacts from Mexico."

The new law requires, for an effective implementation, the creation of more than 30 regulations of which about half have already been approved by the Monetary Board.

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