Guatemala: Textile Sector with Potential Return

Before the process of reopening the economy, the garment and textile export sector operated with 15 thousand workers, but with the elimination of some restrictions, the activity of the companies increased and now employs 45 thousand people.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

After more than four months of restrictions on the mobility of people and some economic activities, as of July 27 the different sectors of the economy began to reopen, provided that the companies comply with the rules established by the Health Alert System for the covid-19 epidemic, which will have a municipal, departmental or regional scope.

Besides starting with the gradual opening of the economy, the government decided to reduce the curfew, which now applies from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. the next day. On weekends, it was also decided to eliminate total closures.

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Alejandro Ceballos, president of Agexport's Clothing and Textiles Commission (Vestex), told that "... the demand for orders from the United States began to grow because the market is being reactivated and several stores of different brands opened."

The article adds that "... With this reincorporation the sector is working at 50% of its capacity of the total 58 thousand machines installed. Now there are 30 thousand machines operating and about 45 thousand workers laboring."

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