Magnate to head Guatemala's fight against poverty
Business magnate Roberto Dalton is to lead Guatemala's campaign against poverty as executive coordinator of the National Commission for Rural Development
Monday, May 26, 2008
Dalton says he never intended to work in the public sector. "I was originally asked to give advice to Alfredo Mirón, who was going to head up efforts for rural development. But then he pulled out because of personal problems," said Dalton. "It was then that President Colom asked me to take over."
Canada will donate the figure for rural development in the Solola Department, benefiting coffee and vegetable producers.
The initiative includes the creation of a ministry to unite the policies, programs and projects on the development of agriculture which have become stalled in Congress.
The National Sustainable Development Program will allocate the resources to irrigation systems, business plans and food security.
The rural development proposal for 2009 is for $108 million and is expected to generate between 150 to 200 thousand jobs.
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