Businesses Against Issuing $447 Million in Public Debt

The presidents of various Guatemalan unions have asked the Monetary Board not to authorize the issuance sought by the state.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

According to representatives of the Chambers of Agriculture, Industry and Commerce associated with the Committee of Commercial, Industrial and Financial Associations (Cacif), this action "will affect the macroeconomy and increase the fiscal deficit."

"If the Monetary Board agrees to the bond issues, the country's commitments will increase by 7%, and this would jeopardize its ability to makes payments because it would not be complying with the tax collection target," said Jorge Briz, President of the Chamber of Commerce.

For his part, Andrés Castillo, industry representative, said that the provision would be irresponsible, while urging the Government to find other mechanisms to honor the debt.

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Jorge Montenegro, president of Cacif, a committee that includes agricultural, commercial, industrial and financial associations, called on congressmen to act with responsibility.

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