Initiative to Streamline Business Registration

Guatemala has presented a bill to reform the Code of Commerce to reduce the time to it takes for registering a business from 20 to 3 days.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

From a statement issued from the Congress of Guatemala:

Deputy Felipe Alejos from the legislative bloc Todos, said in a press conference that an Initiative Act has been presented to the Legislative Management which aims to accelerate the Mercantile Register of Entities, which contains 44 Amendments to the Decree 2-70, of the Code of Commerce.

The parliamentarian Alejos said that should this proposal come to fruition, Guatemala will reduce the time it takes to set up a business to just 3 days, currently it takes 20 days. Our country would be placed at the top compared to other Central American countries such as Panama, Honduras and El Salvador, where the timeframe is 6, 14 and 16 days respectively.

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