Opening a Business in Guatemala

The website has been created to publicise legal requirements, streamline the time it takes to register a company and encourage formal employment.

Monday, February 27, 2012

"Today it takes at least 19 different interactions with 6 different public institutions in order to formalize a business (in other countries it requires only 10), 500,000 new businesses open in Guatemala and only 5 percent are formally registered", reports

The Ministry of Economy,, and the Registro Mercantil, creators of the site, joined forces in order to help those who wish to register a company in the country and to encourage more businesses to join the formal economy. 80% of those who work do so in an informal capacity and most do not know what steps to take to start a business.

This platform serves as step by step guide to identify what the formal processes of registration are, and to make known which institutions have to be visited, what the timescales are, and what it will cost.

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