Guatemala: Investment in Agriculture Suffering Due to Insecurity

The agricultural sector has denounced that some agricultural companies have closed their operations because of the crime wave affecting the country's rural areas.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

From a statement issued by the Chamber of Agriculture:

With the increase of violent acts perpetrated against collaborators of agricultural enterprises and their private facilities, enterprises which operate and generate employment within the country, we wish to state that:

1.  We strongly condemn any act committed by illegal groups operating violently and outside of the law, violating life and private property of individual and legal persons.

2.  We denounce the increase of such criminal actions against agricultural enterprises within the country, especially in the area of El Estor, Izabal and the Department of Alta Verapaz, threatening the lives of people who work on farms and in communities living near them. 

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El Salvador: Growing Industrial Unrest Due to Insecurity

March 2016

Businessmen have stated their categorical opposition to statements made by a government official that confuse extortion with the funding of organized crime.

The statements by the Technical Secretary of the Presidency of El Salvador, Roberto Lorenzana, against companies in the country that suffer from extortion caused a strong reaction from the private sector, four days after Industrias La Constancia publicly announced that it was suspending operation of its plants because of increasing insecurity and violence.

El Salvador: Insecurity Forces to Plant to Shut Down

March 2016

The beverage company Industrias La Constancia has temporarily suspended operations for its brand Agua Cristal because of insecurity in the country.

From a statement issued by Industrias La Constancia:

We wish to announce publicly that, due to escalating insecurity affecting communities around the "La Tiendona" Market and in order to ensure the physical integrity of our employees and contractors, we have been forced to temporarily suspend operations for Agua Cristal.

El Salvador: Increasing Insecurity and Decaying Business Climate

February 2016

Warnings have been given over increased insecurity, stagnation in the fight against corruption, and little capacity for Government dialogue in the second half of 2015.

The adoption of higher taxes without a dialogue, the consequences for the country of the increase in homicides from 10 to 18 a day in 2015, and stagnation in the fight against corruption, were highlighted in the evaluation made by the Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social Development ( Fusades) regarding the legal and institutional framework of the country during the second half of 2015.

El Salvador: Insecurity Driving Away Companies

August 2015

The chain of fast food restaurants Hooters has announced the temporary closure of its branch in San Salvador due to the climate of insecurity and violence in the country.

From a statement released by the company:

"We inform the Salvadoran community that owing to circumstances beyond our control, namely the insecurity and ongoing violence in the country, we have been asked to temporarily close the Hooters operations in El Salvador. Therefore we are informing the population that Hooters in El Salvador will be removed from the market from July 31, 2015. Leaving only administrative services for the settlement of staff, suppliers and complying with all matters relating to the law of this country for its closure.

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