The IMF has indicated political polarization, high crime and outward migration, rising unit labor costs and high logistics costs, barriers to entry and expansion of business, fiscal uncertainty, and limited human capital.
From a statement issued by the IMF:
The IMF staff team visited San Salvador during April 25—May 6 for the 2016 Article IV consultation and held fruitful discussions with the Salvadoran authorities, parliamentarians, business community, academics, and social partners.
The Central Bank has cut its growth forecast for GDP for the year to 4% - 4.5% and expects inflation to be between 6.55% and 7.5%, higher than initially expected.
From the executive summary of the report "State of the Economy and Prospects, First Semester 2014":
At the end of the first half of the year, the Nicaraguan economy is maintaining positive growth rate, mainly driven by external demand and improved terms of trade. The exporting agricultural sector has been the main driver of economic dynamism in 2014, alongside growth in the manufacturing industry.
In its review of the macroeconomic program for 2014-2015, the Central Bank projects, as the most likely scenario, an annual inflation of around 6% at the end of 2014, and slightly less than 5% by the end of 2015.
The document issued by the Board of the Central Bank of Costa Rica places emphasis on keeping the inflation target at "4% with a tolerance of ± 1 percentage point for the remainder of the period from 2014 to 2015."
A joint report by the Central Bank of Guatemala confirms the outlook for economic growth of between 3.3% and 3.9% for 2014.
From a summary of a report by the Banguat entitled "Economic Situation and Prospects of the country":
The world economy is recovering and the pace of growth has rebounded, particularly in advanced economies, emerging economies have weakened but are still explaining the dynamism on global growth; although downside risks are still present.
Key representative/s from the Guatemalan Exporters’ Association last 13-15 October attended the 8th TPO Network World Conference to exchange ideas and best practice around stimulating export-led economic growth and meeting the urgent challenges in the sector.
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