Guatemala: British Insurer Applies for Operating Permits

With capital of approximately $2 million, British United Provident Association will begin operations in the Guatemalan market in December or January next year.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

According to Edgar Barquin, president of the Bank of Guatemala (Banguat), "lodged with the Superintendency of Banks is the study and analysis documentation for the insurer to begin operations in the country, if everything is in order, operations will commence between December 2013 and January next year. During this time authorization from the Monetary Board will be given so that the company can start providing the service. "

Enrique Murillo, executive director of the Guatemalan Association of Professional Insurance Agents (Agis), said the organization is looking forward to the installation of the insurer, as it is a company that offers products of interest.

"The products offered by British United Provident Association (Bupa), are good quality and provide care outside of the country, therefore prices are high, and I think it will be a reduced market showing interest in purchasing such insurance," said analyst Mario Mendizabal.

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