The proposal aims to regulate the final price of medicines and create a body to that is superior to the Ministry of Health which would be responsible for verifying prices and the quality of medicines.
Deficiencies, inconsistencies and unconstitutional concepts have been identified after presentation of the bill on medicines, goods and services related to health, proposed by independent MP Carlos Herrera which seeks to regulate the final price of medicines for consumers.
Guatemalan authorities stated that there is no evidence to substantiate alleged damage to the environment, and that they won’t shut it down unless the OAS orders it.
“Marlin is among mines in Guatemala established without full consultation of indigenous Maya residents, said Rural Unity Committee, a rights group. The Maya allege Marlin put metals in water supplies, damaging the health of local people, according to a University of Michigan study. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, an arm of the Organization of American States, has given Guatemala until June 24 to close Vancouver-based Goldcorp’s mine while the claims are investigated”, reported Bloomberg.
Guatemala's vice-president has said his country is interested in buying Russian aircraft, armored vehicles, and other armaments in exchange for food.
"Guatemala is interested in acquiring aircraft, armored vehicles, and other armaments to fight organized crime. We could pay, as the Russian side suggests, with sugar and coffee for the arms deliveries," Rafael Espada told the Prensa Libre newspaper.
The open contract on medicines, with yearly expenses of $150 million, was deferred again by another 90 days.
Vice-President Rafael Espada indicated his concern about the delay in the discussion of a new contract, indicating, according to an article published in Prensalibre.com, "the delay worries me. I already told them that it would be the last time that this is done. The impression it gives me is that they are playing around in this situation. Someone is postponing the discussion of a new contract on purpose."
Norwegian Cruise Line conditioned the arrival of its cruise ships to the country on whether the Government continues to insist on charging the $10 departure tax for each tourist.
Prensalibre.com reports that "The company is threatening to take its 27 ships, which it was planning to bring to Guatemala this year, to other countries. It is also recommending that the world meeting of cruise ships not take place in Guatemala. Roberto Robles, director of the Guatemalan Tourism Institute (Inguat), confirmed that they will not eliminate the aforementioned tax charge, since it is established by the organic law of the entity."
They are specifically considering the La Aurora International Airport, the only one serving the capital, in order to facilitate its modernization, according to the announcement last week from an official source.
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