Guatemala: Clear Rules for Investment

Financial executives point out that in order to regain confidence in the economy, the country is urging improvements in legal certainty and a reduction in political instability.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Sergio Recinos, president of the Bank of Guatemala (Banguat), told that " ... this year we must improve matters related to legal certainty for investors and political stability. These same business people have expressed in indices that measure the climate of confidence their concern that there should be 'clear rules'."

For his part, Fernando Samayoa, president of the Banking Association of Guatemala, believes that " ... the course must be corrected and the rules of the game 'leveraged' for investors. "

Despite the deterioration in business confidence with which the year 2017 closed, according to a presentation made by the president of Banguat to the Guatemalan American Chamber of Commerce, on the side of the productive sectors, it is estimated that in 2018 all economic activities will register positive growth, eight of them with increases higher than the previous year.

See presentation "Recent Macroeconomic Performance and Perspectives." (in Spanish).

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