Guatemalan agricultural employers spend $300 million on private security representing between 12% and 16% of their budgets.
Prensalibre.com reports that "the Chamber of Agriculture (Camagro) reported that during 2013 there was an increase in criminal acts such as kidnappings, threats and extortions against their workers, as well as the theft and destruction of private property ... "
The announced opening of a sales office in China is being urged by the business sector, which believes that the current policy to the second largest economy in the world is unsustainable.
Carlos Gonzalez, an analyst at the Association for Research and Social Studies (ASIES) believes that there is a delay on the part of Guatemala in trade between the two nations, because China has invaded the national market and it is necessary to have a presence in that large country.
In Guatemala, the Constitutional Court has accepted an appeal filed by businessmen and suspended the application of Article 61 of the taxreform.
Unanimously and provisionally, the Constitutional Court of Guatemala ordered the suspension of Article 61 of the Tax Reform related to reclassification of operations after considering it "patently unconstitutional."
The industry considers that the signing of a free trade agreement (TLC in Spanish) with Peru would not generate good business opportunities.
In negotiations this week sensitive issues, which for Guatemala means agricultural products, will be discussed .
"The executive director of the Chamber of Agriculture (Camagro), Carla Caballeros, specified that there is no interest from the agricultural sector in participating in the negotiations, because it is not an attractive market, and that suggesting that it is seems to go against the country's interest", explains a Siglo XXI.com article.
The Livestock and Agricultural Industry chamber unveiled a plan based on productivity, diversification, quality, environmental sustainability and food safety.
Otto Kuhsiek, president of CAMAGRO, noted that over 1.6 million jobs depend on agriculture, of which 81% are located in rural areas, half of them in family companies and the rest in large-scale, high productivity companies.
The European Union does not accept the proposal for special regimes within the framework of negotiations with the Isthmus.
The regional proposal which includes the export of production under special regimes, including free zones, has become a new impasse in negotiations between the EU and CA.
The proposal was rejected by the Europeans during a mini-round on Rules of Origin, which included representatives from the Governments of both groups, that was held from December 3-5 in Brussels, Belgium.
Trade in some of the countries involved has grown by 20 percent since the introduction two years ago of the Cafta accord between the United States and Central America and the Dominican Republic, according to US Department of Trade figures.
The Cafta countries – excluding Costa Rica, which las a latecomer to the pact – by the end of last year had registered exports of US18.75 billion to the United States, while recording imports of close on US$22.41 billion.