Guatemala: Companies Acquire More Loans Abroad

In the first half of the year, international banks placed 15% more loans in Guatemala than in the same period of 2009.

Friday, July 2, 2010

In total, Guatemalan companies negotiated $569.7 million in loans between January 1st and June 17, motivated by low international interest rates.

Edgar Barquín, Banking Superintendence, explained that foreign banks, mostly from the U.S. and South America, are looking for customers in the country, due to lower interest rates abroad”, reported

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