Cooperatives Want to Provide Public Services in Guatemala

Small and medium companies from the hydropower sector as well as solar energy and waste treatment sectors is where participation is visualized.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Guatemalan cooperatives intend to increase potential in order to be involved in financing micro and small business involved in renewable energy, waste recycling and water treatment.

The greatest potential customers of cooperatives are municipalities, most of whom have needs to be resolved in these areas. On the other hand, the president of the National Association of Municipalities (ANAM) believes that "while it is important to provide these services, there should be a thorough analysis on the legality of the projects. The only entities responsible for providing public services are municipalities so there would have to be an analysis of the mechanisms to carry out these investments."



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