Guatemala: Exporters Urge Approval of FTAs

Exports did not grow during 2012, and the industry is appealing to Congress to ratify various pending trade agreements.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

"It is important to speed up in Congress the ratification of trade agreements", said the president of the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (Agexport), Francisco Menendez.

According to an article published in, 2012 did not see good figures for sales abroad, reporting $10.36 billion for the year just ended, which is 1% less than the achievements of 2011 which reported $10.46 billion.

Among the pending agreements are those of Peru and the EU as well as the ratification of convergence with Mexico. Agreements which according to exporters could stimulate growth from 2013 to 2016.

"The pending agreements to be finalized are: Trinidad and Tobago, Canada and the EFTA bloc, including Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein", said Menendez.

Moreover, Emmanuel Seidner, member of Congress, said that progress is being made in trade agreements. "The convergence of the FTA with Mexico is important. It is awaiting its third reading and final draft", said the deputy. "We are not taking advantage of this deal, as they are doing Nicaragua and El Salvador who have already ratified it", he added.

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