Guatemala: Company Registration Up 15%

From January to April of this year, the number of mercantile companies registered totaled 13,975, 15% more than the number reported in the same period in 2018.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Data from the Mercantile Registry (RM) specify that between the first four months of 2018 and the same period of 2019, 1,783 more companies were registered in the country, going from 12,192 to 13,975. reports that of the total number of companies registered in the first four months of the year, "... 2,000 69 companies registered using RM's E-services platform. During this period, 2,000 33 companies were registered, equivalent to a 40% increase over the 1,452 companies authorized on the same date of the previous year."

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According to the 2019 First Business Perception Survey, carried out by the Coordinating Committee of Agricultural, Commercial, Industrial and Financial Associations (Cacif), 25% of the consulted businessmen perceive improvements in the opening of companies, derived from the approval of the reforms to the Code of Commerce.

Claudia Galán, director of the Cacif Economic Unit, explained that "... While it is true that the modifications to the Code of Commerce have benefited, it is important to continue streamlining procedures to improve the business climate.

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