Private Council on Competitiveness in Guatemala

The objective is to encourage, from the private sector, the design of a national strategy for productivity and economic development.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

This body "has arisen from private sector efforts to stimulate job creation through improving the competitiveness and innovative capacity of the country, hence the commitment to collaboration between the productive sector, academia and the public sector" said Carlos Amador, vice president of the CPC.

The manager said that private entrepreneurs want to support policies that aim to achieve sustained growth of 6% annually, since that would create about one million jobs by 2020, or about 100,000 jobs annually.

According to Amador, they want to foster a business climate that is favorable to the growth of local enterprises and attracting foreign investment, reported

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