In spite of production dropping considerably, Guatemalan honey is still highly valued around the world.
Currently there are around 2.500 honey growers, gathered in 30 different associations. The industry flourished until the 1970's, when the African bee entered the country, triggering the disappearance of several apiaries.
A bidding process for the acquisition of fertilizer for 2013 will start soon, in order avoid the inconveniences and lack of transparency of the last purchase.
An article in Lahora.com.gt reports "The Minister Efrain Medina, in accordance with a presidential statement made to reporters yesterday, said that in August or at the latest October this year, a tender process for the delivery of fertilizers in 2013 will be launched. "
A bill entitled "English for All" aims to promote English language learning, so the country may take advantage of many job and development opportunities that it is currently missing out on.
The project "English for All Act" is among a package of economic recovery bills being promoted by the economy committee of Parliament, said the representative Pedro Muadi Menendez, from the ruling Partido Patriota to Lahora.com.gt.
In Guatemala the large number of amendments to the bill and the rejection by most of the productive sector suggests that it needs to be disposed of and a new one proposed.
The debate that has been generated around the initiative for investment and employment in Guatemala is added to the strong criticism from the private sector, hampering the adoption of the bill in Congress.
The president of the Bank of Guatemala has stated that in order to sustain the fiscal debt, the tax burden in the Guatemalan economy will have to rise from 11% today to 14%.
An article on Lahora.com.gt reports that, Edgar Barquín president of the Bank of Guatemala, said "... in order to maintain economic stability and ensure social spending for the benefit of the population, the level of taxes needs to rise to 14 percent of GDP this year. According to the official, rating agencies consistently report that one of the weaknesses in Guatemala, in financial terms, is the low level of taxes."
Being called into question is the establishment of a reduction of income tax payments when calculating as a deductible expense extra benefits given by companies to their employees .
The accusations were made by some MPs who met with the acting head of the Superintendency of Tax Administration (SAT), Omar Franco and Deputy Minister of Finance Durval Carias. During the meeting, the congressmen noted that the initiative "contains 27 articles that attempt to reform the Tax Update Act, in which there are modifications to reduce and exempt from taxes as well as formal errors in the writing", reported Lahora.com.gt.
In Guatemala, where the housing deficit is 1.5 million units, they only manage to produce between 20,000 and 50,000 homes a year, a situation that is forcing authorities and the private sector to find solutions.
The minister of Communications, Infrastructure and Housing (VIC), Alejandro Sinibaldi, told Lahora.com.gt that at present, the housing deficit in Guatemala is 1.5 million units.
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