From January 10 there will be a rise in the fees for operating licenses for extracting construction materials, precious stones and semiprecious stones and other materials.
Arguing that the charges that have been in effect up until now"do not allow the state to comply with the policies and plans of the government, for the mining sector,"the Ministry of Energy and Mines has made changes to the the fees for mining licenses.
The private sector is opposed to the new fees and charges payable by telecommunications companies, arguing that it will cause operating costs to rise.
Representatives from the Higher Council of Private Enterprise are opposed to Administrative Agreement No. 003-2015, which will be in effect from September 22 and sets fees and charges, for the use of radio spectrum, licensing, data transmission and other services, payable to the Institute Nicaraguan Telecommunications and Postal Services.
In David, Howard, Colon and Rio Hato the minimum monthly fee for renting spaces to sell duty free clothing, jewelry, and prepared meals will be $30 per square meter and 10% of the gross sales from the premises.
Tocumen SA has revealed that in the case of premises dedicated to selling crafts and antiques the price will be $20 per square meter, as indicated by the decision of 24 October 2014, published in the official newspaper La Gaceta.
The government aims to update the $6 a year license for concessionaires of radio and television frequencies which has been in effect since 1954, while employers fear a reallocation of spectrum.
The draft bill proposes an increase in the rates for radio and television based on the number of frequencies held by the concessionaire, the type of coverage, the use to be given and the type of diffusion, national or rural. Currently a maximum of $5.60 is paid per year for one band and concessions arel automatically extended as long as tax payments are up to date.
In Guatemala an award of lots one and three has been made to Fersa and Transportista Eléctrica Centroamericana, respectively, for the works to expand the national grid.
The Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) has awarded four of the five lots which are included in the tender. The sections of the southwest, northwest and northeast of the country were awarded to Fersa SA, while the southeastern portion was awarded to Transportista Eléctrica de Centroamérica.. "... The offers submitted for Lot C were declared out of range, therefore the tender will be analyzed once again. "
The law passed by Congress in January this year and which entered into force on April 11, establishes as a ease term for areas for setting up and carrying out projects for shrimp farming, a period of twenty years, renewable for similar periods, and the fee per hectare under production is $40 per year.
The presence or exclusion of the private sector in the Competition Commission, is the main theme of the discussion surrounding the bill being studied by the Congress of Guatemala.
Congressmen from the Unidad de la Esperanza (UNE) have requested the inclusion of private sector representation in the Competition Commission, a commission set up to investigate and penalize companies who use anti competitive practices and which seeks to prevent monopolies.
The government of El Salvador is promoting a reform to lower the percentage of commission given to the AFP from contributions, from 2.7% to 2.2% and that seeks to improve yields for contributors.
The government of El Salvador has listed a series of reforms to the pension law. One is to reduce the commission received by the AFP from 2.7% to 2.2% for each contribution in order to increase the returns to workers.
If desired, the artists in Panama City's carnival can be contracted directly, bypassing the usual brokerage done by promotion agencies.
"They negotiate with the artists, I'm not going to inflate my budget," were the words of the manager of the PanamaTourism Authority, Solomon Shamah, referring to the $ 140,000 which is earmarked for direct payment of artists performing at the city´s carnival."
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