Guatemala: 20% of 2012 Budget to be Financed with Debt

Foreign loans, bond issues and grants will finance one-fifth of government spending in 2012.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Revenue generated by taxes and other income will not be sufficient to meet the $9,293 million budget that the government has presented for next year.

Meeting this figure will require funding of over more than $1000 million with a bond debt and a further $737 million in loans which will be requested by the Guatemalan government.

One of the factors forcing the government to consider external financing is the revision of economic growth projection for 2012, which due to the international economic situation, has been revised downward.

This led to a 2012 budget of 15% of GDP.

An article in Elsalvador.com states: "Public spending will grow by 5.67% compared to the level established this year, making $8793.5 million, but this increase will be less than that between 2010 and the current year, which went up to 9.8% because this year's budget totaled $8.006 million. "



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