How to Boost Central American Industry

Improving performance using new sources of renewable energy and the manufacturing, food and agroindustry sectors is one of the objectives of the strategic plan put forward by industrial entrepreneurs in the region.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Board of Directors of the Federation of Chambers and Industrial Associations of Central America and the Dominican Republic (Fecaica), presented its strategic plan for the 2018-2023 quinquennium, which considers the issues which the region should focus on in order for the industrial sector to grow.

Enrique Egloff, president of Fecaica, explained to Dca.gob.gt that " ... This strategy, which is in its initial phase, seeks to create better conditions of competitiveness and innovation, promote the use of technology and simplify procedures for creating new companies' ... these conditions are needed to ensure that the industry continues to grow and generate employment, because in recent years it has performed favorably, but not according to its potential."

For his part Juan Carlos Tefel, president of the Chamber of Industry of Guatemala, said that " ... the challenges facing Central American nations to accelerate GDP growth are related to guaranteeing legal certainty, building a true Rule of Law, facilitating trade and reducing logistics costs."

In the statement sent by the union, it was indicated that "... at the business level, they will seek to support regional industry to improve its productive and competitive capacities, promoting development and strengthening regional value chains, and integrating concepts such as energy efficiency, quality, domestic added value, cleaner production and Corporate Social Responsibility."

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