Central American Union Still Not Concrete

"It is we ourselves who are still looking ourselves as independent countries, when in fact we must work even harder on this unification."

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

In his article published in the magazine industry, the executive director of the Chamber of Industry of Guatemala Javier Zepeda, describes the situation which as yet has not be able to be changed: the plan for regional integration only exists on paper. Noting the lack of political will, lack of customs modernization and low investment in infrastructure, Zepeda calls on the Central American private sector to focus on working collectively to realize the union of the region.

From the article published in revistaindustria.com:

"We are more than clear: the plan for regional integration has taken decades to facilitate trade between the countries of Central America. We remain firm in the face of the challenged to make decisions to finalize the project, given the lack of political will of past government administrations, lack of modernization of customs systems, little investment in both infrastructure and staff training and, why not add, the unwillingness of some business sectors in the region.

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In order to expedite intraregional trade it is necessary for customs offices dealing with cargo freight, to be open all hours, just as immigration customs offices are.

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