Investment projections fall

Businessmen in Nicaragua expect to reduce by at least 50% the investments they had previously planned for 2018, waiting for the problems affecting the country to be solved.

Monday, October 1, 2018

The research by the Consejo Superior de la Empresa Privada (Cosep) and the Fundación Nicaragüense para el Desarrollo Económico y Social (Funides), takes place in the context of more than 160 days of political and social crisis, which has severely affected the performance of the country's economy.

See "The real impact of the crisis"

According to the study, investment expectations at the end of 2018 are not promising. For most export products and those for domestic consumption, the expected fulfillment of planned investments for this year is 50% or less. In tour operators, small hotels, distribution of motor vehicles, distribution of medical equipment and distribution of medicines and devices are expected to comply with less than 30% of the investment planned for this year.

The report concludes that the most affected economic activities are those related to tourism (small hotels, tour operators, large hotels, restaurants), distribution of motor vehicles, construction (developers, contractors and suppliers) and commerce and services; activities in which it is estimated that the percentage of sales achieved in July with respect to what was scheduled at the beginning of the year for this month were 60% or less.

Also see "Crisis wrecks tourism"

On the other hand, the contraction of the commercial sector is the result of the reduction of wholesale and retail commerce, as a consequence of the lower incomes that people have to consume due to the increase in unemployment and labor informality, as well as the insecurity in different cities of the country.

The report was written from the survey of 21 guilds covering 32 economic activities and 53 companies in key sectors, who provided information on production, logistics, employment, sales, exports and investments for July, as well as their prospects for the rest of the year.

See "Supervision of Nicaragua's economic activities" (In Spanish)

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