The arrival of foreign investment to the west of the country is being promoted, in places where there are already companies interested in developing the potential for metal mining in the area.
The Mining Chamber of Nicaragua projects growth of 5% in exports this year compared to 2015, driven by a rebound in gold prices internationally and investments in the sector.Sergio Rios, director of the union, also attributed the positive growth projection to the approximate 5% achieved in production.
At the end of the first half of the year maquila textile exports to the United States grew by 13% compared to the same period in 2015.
Figures from the biannual report by the US Office of Textiles and Clothing (OTEXA) show that between January and June Nicaragua sold 255 million square meter equivalents (SME) to the United States generating revenues of $708 million.
Investment made by Guatemalan companies in Nicaragua almost tripled between 2014 and 2015, with money mainly going into energy, sugar, palm oil and tourism.
In the past eight years Guatemalan companies have invested $246 million in Nicaragua, according to ProNicaragua.In 2013 the highest amount in the last five years was recorded, with $46 million being invested in the country.In 2014 the amount of investment was only $6 million, while in 2015 it amounted to $16.7 million.
173 companies operating in 48 industrial parks using the free zone format, in three years increased the total number of square meters used by 33%.
An estimated $300 million has been invested between January and November 2015 by companies operating under the free zone incentive scheme, which are focused on the textile industry mainly in the manufacture of harnesses, production of tobacco and more recently, services such as call centers.
TreviGroup will be visiting the country to meet with business leaders and government officials to evaluate business opportunities in the project of the Grand Canal and other construction areas.
TreviGroup construction company will meet with representatives of the Superior Council of Private Enterprise (COSEP); the Nicaraguan Chamber of Construction (CNC) and government officials in order to find out about and evaluate participating in the construction of the Grand Canal and other construction opportunities in the country.
A bill that is being analyzed by the U.S. Congress aims to reduce the level of tariff preference to only 6% of imports from Nicaraguan textile factories.
Although the possibility exists of an extension of the current Tariff Preference Level (TPL) until 2015, American congressmen have proposed that the benefit be granted only on cotton pants, which represent the lowest proportion of Nicaraguan textileexports to the United States.
With an investment of $35 million and under the name Pride Denim Mills the textile the plant will restart operations in early 2014.
The textile company, which was acquired by Grupo Karim’s de Honduras announced the creation of "600 jobs to produce about 28 million yards of denim a year, which is the production capacity of the plant," noted an article in Laprensa.com.ni.
The U.S. company Millknit Industries is to produce fabrics for the maquiladora industry, beginning operations in the first quarter of 2013.
Operating in the industrial park Las Mercedes, the textile company will begin operations between January and February 2013, informed the technical secretary of the National Commission of Free Zones (CNZF), Alvaro Baltodano.
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