Guatemala: Agricultural Sector is Not Competitive

The union Camagro claims that in the last six months adverse investment and employment conditions have become more pronounced.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

r="ltr">From a statement issued by Camagro:

The members of the Chamber dedicated to agricultural, agro-industrial and agri-export activities in the 22 departments of the country, expressed through a press release, that they believe that the country's
competitiveness is still not being unattended to, and that during these six months the Government has caused adverse investment and employment conditions to be more pronounced. The three most criticised ministries being: the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Communications and the Ministry of the Interior, for the main reasons which are summarized as follows:

MICIVI without controls and without results.

MAGA: there is an urgent need to move from dialogue to action.

MINGOB does not protect life nor property.

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