Guatemala: 39% Less Public Investment in 2010

Scheduled investment for 2010 sums $434 million, 39% less than the $714 million earmarked for 2009.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Under the current 2010 Budget draft, the Ministry of Communications and Public Works would receive the largest investment funds.

This budget aims to boost production in the country, through anti-cyclical policies that trigger economic recovery, insisted the Treasury Minister. In contrast, Jorge Lavarreda, director of local economic think tank CIEN, argued that "to reach this objective we must boost real investment...".

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