Guatemala: FDI falls 5%

During the first semester of the year the country acquired $546 million in Foreign Direct Investment flows, 4.6% less than the $573 million reported in the same period of 2017.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

According to the figures of the Banco de Guatemala of the total Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) from January to June of this year, $183 million went to the Trade sector, $97 million to the Manufacturing Industry, $89 million to Banks and insurance companies, $58 million to Telecommunications and $52 million to Electricity.

Regarding the factors for improving FDI flows, Juan Pablo Carrasco, head of the Guatemalan American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham), explained to that "foreign investors notice and consider the legal certainty framework offered by the country".

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Carrasco added that "... foreign investment is key for the country, especially in employment generation."

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