Construction Keeps Rising

In 2018, the construction sector in Guatemala registered a nearly 4% growth, which reinforces the upward trend that has been reported since 2011.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Data from the Guatemalan Chamber of Construction (CGC) detail that from 2011 the sector has reported growth rates, reaching its highest level in 2014 when the recorded increase was 4.4%.

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Sergio Recinos, president of the Banco de Guatemala, said to Dca.gob.gt that "... it is estimated that the sector will register a 2.9% growth in 2019, influenced by the favorable evolution foreseen in the construction of private buildings for residential and non-residential use, and by the expected increase in the execution of civil engineering works by the Central Administration."

Another factor that could influence the growth of construction in the country for this year is the streamlining of procedures, since in December 2018 representatives of the Ministry of Economy (Mineco), reported that the plan is that through the Single Window of Construction, construction companies can process licenses digitally.

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In this regard, the article states that "... Janio Rosales, executive director of CGC, was optimistic about the Single Window for Construction project, promoted by Mineco, because he believes that it will make the licensing approval process agile and facilitate the construction of more works in the national territory."

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