Guatemala: Criticism of Competition Law

Warnings have been given over the fact that the project does not include international best practices, and that "the chapter on concentrations needs to be revised because it contains elements that would make its prior controls inoperative."

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

From a statement issued by Asies:


Considering the principles of social market economy that ASIES promotes we affirm the need that Guatemala has to approve and put into effect a Law on Competition. This regulatory framework is essential for the proper functioning of markets and consequently for the ultimate benefit for consumers. 

The favorable ruling from the Commission of Economy and Foreign Trade, approved substantial modifications to the initiative of the Ministry of Economy, identified with the number 5074.

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