Guatemala: New Insurance Law Approved

Congress has approved a new insurance law that will open up the national insurance market to foreign companies.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Decree number 25-2010 will come into force in January 2011 and redefines which classes of insurance brokerage are legal and what kinds of policies can be sold.

The banking regulator, Edgar Barquín, told that, “the approval of the law is in line with the terms established in the free trade agreement with the USA”.

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