Crime and Violence in Central America

Central America is literally being occupied by criminal forces and the result is not only physical but also economic insecurity for its citizens.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Crime and violence, especially that which is generated by organized crime, drug trafficking first, are increasing in the region, while the states seem overwhelmed by the problem.

The analysis by Carlos Mendoza from CABI (Central America Business Intelligence) is focused on the reality in Guatemala and perhaps the points made may only be valid for that country. However, the problem is general for all the Central American countries. States in the region are weak against organized crime and there is no strong reaction in sight from either public, social or business institutions, and the latter should be more than worried about the situation which has a direct impact on the business climate and operating costs. Is it not enough to see what is happening in Mexico?

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