Discussion is being given to hiring an external company to provide consulting services in order to improve the management and collection of taxes.
The proposal which emerged from the leadership of former Finance Minister Pavel Centeno, is once again gaining strength at a time when the Tax Authority is analysing different alternatives to raising tax revenue.
The union will focus on improving the rules on patenting and improving protection of intellectual property.
The creation of the new Chamber also aims to encourage fair practices and help streamline processes followed when companies make complaints about products reproduced without authorization.S21.com.gt reports that "...The products most likely to be copied illegally are medicines, food, alcoholic beverages, clothing, videos, movies and music. "
The tender for the construction of an Administrative Center of the State is attracting building consortia from around the world, some of which are already operating in the country.
The Spanish company Ortiz Construcciones y Proyectos, Odebrecht Investimentos e Participacoes, from Brazil, Inabensa Installations, from Span, Shikun & Binui Ltd., from Israel, and Consorcio CAE from Guatemala are construction companies with experience in works in Guatemalan territory, which have submitted documentation as expression of interest in bidding for the CAE.
The Ministry of Finance has approved a budget for the purchase of medical surgical supplies, medicines and treatment of solid waste.
The resources are to be distributed among hospitals as per the needs of each one, and also used to pay for renting machines and basic services such as electricity and water.
"... The Health Minister Mariano Rayo, acknowledged that the measure is a 'palliative', since the department's debt is Q445.3 million ($57 million). The official added that the time for financial processing it is 72 hours, in order for the space to be registered for executing units."
The General Attorney noted that the number of employers allegedly involved in customs fraud related to the case known as "The Line", could reach 1,500.
An article on S21.com reports that after consulting the Attorney General over the possible flight of businesspeople, Thelma Aldana said that "it has been ruled out because they do not know 'who is going to be cited'. She said the MP has not asked for the arrest of these people because they can not saturate the agenda of the judge, however, she warned that if the summons is not presented 'arrest warrants will be requested.' "
The private sector claims that excessive paperwork and the lack of technical personnel in the Ministry of Environment is delaying the assessment of environmental impact studies and the granting of building permits.
According to the Guatemalan Chamber of Construction, the slowness with which the studies are evaluated and permits granted to construction companies is preventing projects being carried out in the medium-term and moving towards recovery of the sector.
The Ministry of Education has announced it will spend $120 million on the purchase of school meals, textbooks, educational materials and sports equipment during the year.
Of the total amount $3.7 million will be allocated for the purchase of instructional textbooks, $94 million for school dinners, $13.9 million for free education and finally $8.4 million for the purchase of books.
The mining union is opposed to the increase from 1% to 10% for precious metals and the elimination of voluntary royalties to municipalities contemplated in the 2015 budget.
Besides the new tax on the distribution of bags of cement and telephony, increased royalties for the exploitation of minerals and construction materials are also part of the new fiscal package which comes with the 2015 budget.
Between 2009 and 2013 the revenues generated by the sector which outsources business services increased from $225 million to $650 million at the end of 2013.
For the development of this industry to continue "... Invest in Guatemala together with other institutions has designed a strategy with a vision for 2020 ", with the aim of achieving, over a period of five years, the generation of $2.3 billion in services and thus contribute 3.57% to the gross domestic product (GDP).
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