Agreement with the United Kingdom: Optimism in Guatemala

After the Association Agreement with the United Kingdom came into effect on January 1, Guatemalan businessmen are confident that business opportunities will be generated during 2021.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Guatemala was one of the last countries in the region to ratify the agreement, since it was until the ordinary session of November 27, 2019, when the Congress of the Republic approved Decree 11-2019, which approves the Agreement establishing an Association between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Central America.

Months before, Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua and El Salvador had already confirmed the Association Agreement. Although the trade agreement was ratified in 2019, it was not until January 1, 2021 that it became effective.

The entry into force of the agreement is received with optimism. Norman Laxton, president of the British-Guatemalan Chamber of Commerce (Britcham), told that "... Although the agreement comes into force in the midst of the health emergency, 2021 must begin to be seen as the year of economic and business revival."

Laxton added that "... there is an opportunity to review the current trade figures, to improve them in the not too distant future, since there is a potential forward, not only in goods, but also in services and investment from the United Kingdom to attract to Guatemala, but we must work on the conditions."

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