Guatemala: Rail Investment Denial

There is an old saying that if something looks too good to be true, it probably is ...

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The U.S. company Railroad Development Corp. (RDC), which owns the railway concession in Guatemala, has denied having reached an agreement to sell.

As for the Hyundai Corporation, the Asian giant together with another South Korean company had been mentioned as interested in investing $2,400 million in the creation of a dry canal linking the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Guatemala by railway. Hyundais denies involvement in the project in any capacity.



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