Guatemala: 8 Thousand NGOs to Provide Financial Information

About 8 Thousand NGOs that manage state funds must provide data on their financial statements.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Next Tuesday, the Law on Free Access to Public Information will come into force and it will force these non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to give information to the citizenry if it is requested.

According to what published, among these NGOs are "committees, foundations, associations, companies and organizations that manage funds outside the state."

The Committee on Free Access to Information of the Office of Human Rights is responsible for "monitoring, controlling and emitting civil sanctions or criminal penalties" for those who do not comply with the new law.

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May 2017

With legislative approval of an Agreement on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, the country has avoided the risk of being included in the list of non-cooperating countries.

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Guatemala: No More Public Works For NGOs

November 2011

Otto Perez Molina, who takes office on January 14 2012, has announced that NGOs will no longer receive state funds for public works building, which will instead be carried out exclusively by the state.

According to an article in El Mundo "Perez Molina announced that Pavel Centeno, who is his finance minister, has instructions to repeal the Ministerial Agreement from 2007 authorizing the implementation of projects assigned to nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). 'We agreed with the economic cabinet members that NGO’s will not be able to carry out building works. '"

Guatemala: More Controls for Trusteeships

September 2010

Included in 2011's proposed budget are mechanisms to ensure transparency in the creation of trusts.

Standards are also established for the signing of agreements with non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Finance Minister, Édgar Balsells, told that, "the aim is to make the use of public resources more transparent.

Guatemalan NGOs Won’t Execute Public Works

April 2010

The Government announced it will not use Non-governmental Organizations for developing public infrastructure or supplying materials.

This is part of a series of actions taken by authorities to increase transparency in public spending, which also includes creating a citizen watchdog and controlling public works executed by municipalities and development councils.

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