Guatemala Pays $14.6 Million to Retake Trains

With the payment to be made next month, the 82% stake held by Ferrovías will become property of the Guatemalan state.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

This will see the fulfilment of the judgement by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), which ruled in favor of the company subsidized by Railroad Development Corporation (RDC) in 2012. The Finance chief, Pavel Centeno, said "we have identified the funds and the space in the budget where the money will come from".

The transaction is international and the body responsible for making the payment is the Bank of Guatemala. The amount "... includes payment for administrative services and fees to the law firms who participated in the arbitration that lasted five years," noted an article in

Contracts that company holds with third parties (power transmission, pipelines and fiber optics) will now be administered by the state, and with these it expects to recover the payment made.

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