Guatemala Failing to Comply with DR-CAFTA Requirements

The country could be fined $7 million for not approving the Insurance Activity Law, one of the requirements of the free trade agreement.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Such bill would renew the insurance industry in Guatemala, allowing the participation of foreign companies. It has been stuck at congress for several months now. reports: “Since the bill was introduced, some sectors have strongly opposed it. ACORDES, the Association of Insurance Brokers, argues that the bill impedes them from selling insurance from foreign companies. They consider this to be negative to free competition and commerce.

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Guatemala: New Insurance Law Approved

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New Insurance Law in Guatemala

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Congress could pass a new insurance bill on Thursday which would allow the participation of foreign insurers.

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Since yesterday 99% of Costa Rican exports will enter the US market tariff-free.

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Still no agreement on Insurance Law in Guatemala

September 2008

The proposed law to regulate insurance activities is still causing discord 22 months after it arrived at the Legislature on November 2, 2006.

The plenary session of Congress was supposed to take up and approve the articles and final version of the initiative yesterday; however, this did not happen because the initiative was removed from the agenda until the various factions receive the amendments made yesterday by the Superintendence of Banks (SIB).

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