Guatemala: An Inaccessible Innovation Program

The Guatemalan government has launched a Business Innovation Program but the website where companies sign up to it is not functioning.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014


If you want to pontificate on how to do business, the first thing you should do is to demonstrate efficacy. We will keep insisting that public officials should not try to teach entrepreneurs how to do things, but instead devote themselves to removing bureaucratic obstacles and infrastructure, and in particular to doing their own jobs effectively and efficiently. Until this happens, the hundreds of "business support" programs that appear every year in Central America, will only end up being good intentions and nothing else.

An article on reports on the launch of the Business Innovation Program through the National Competitiveness Program (Pronacon), "... which aims to support and launch 100 new business plans to encourage the creation of employment and investment. "

At the end of the article it states that "... Companies from the sectors who wish to participate should apply to be selected. For more information visit the site, or write to "

At 10 am (Tuesday May 13th) the website was not accessible. We attempted to obtain information about the matter via phone calls with the Directorate of Press and Information at the Ministry of Social Communication of the Presidency, and the best response we got was to "please email".

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Procedures for Investing in Guatemala

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The website provides information on procedures for conducting business in the country.

Information is detailed on procedures, costs, contacts, forms and public office documents.

The initiative is part of the e-Regulations system, driven by the Global Transparency Network.

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