Guatemala: Foreign Investment Begins the Year Upwards

Most of the reported increase in foreign investment flows to the country in the first quarter of the year was explained by investments in the electricity sector.

Friday, July 12, 2019

In the first quarter of 2019, figures from the Bank of Guatemala (Banguat) report a considerable increase in foreign direct investment (FDI) compared to the same period last year, going from $293 million to $340 million.

Banguat's report states that from January to March, the electricity sector attracted the highest flow of FDI with up to $100 million, investments that come from Colombia, Peru, the United States and Israel.

Esther Pérez-Ruiz, head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission for Guatemala, told Elperiodico.com.gt that "... governance factors are a limiting factor in attracting investment. At the regional level in terms of fiscal incentives, Guatemala has a favorable position, but it is not enough to attract capital."

The article adds that "... Agricultural, oil and mining activities in the first quarter showed a net reduction of US$4 million with the exit of investments from Russia, Switzerland and Mexico, but with capital from Canada and the United States."

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