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Guatemala, a country to live

With beautiful sceneries, high cultural diversity, abundant historical and cultural attractions, a highly developed capital city, Guatemala is definitely a unique country to live in. It has been ranked as one of the 10 happiest and most positive countries in the world.

Political and Financial Situation

Guatemala is an economically thriving country. Being the largest economy in Central America, it has a wide diversity of destinations and products. In addition, macroeconomic stability is widely recognized; has a low and controlled inflation, exchange rate stability and one of the lowest external debts in Latin America. Download document Guatemala in figures:

Guatemala's Climates

Guatemala, the country of the Eternal Spring, is a country with an exceptional climate. With an average temperature of 21°C (70°F) throughout the year and more than 360 microclimates along its 108,889 km² (42,042 mi²), the climate allows for a variety of activities which makes it a unique country.

Investments in Latin America

Latin America is a region of great economic importance and very attractive for foreign investment, representing 13.5% of total direct foreign investment worldwide, according to UNCTAD. To strengthen trade and foreign investment in the region, the Interamerican Development Bank created ConnectAmericas, a social network for promoting business and investment in the region. See more at:

How to open a business in Guatemala

To operate in Guatemala, every investor should register their company in the Commercial Register. The process takes from 12 to 19 days. The easiest and fastest way to do this is through a web portal designed to make all of your arrangements online and communicate directly with the institutions involved in the opening process.

Tourism in Guatemala

More than a journey, Guatemala is full of life lessons. It has 42,042 square miles of immense diversity: Colonial Cities, Mayan Ruins, Caribbean Coast, Pacific Ocean, Volcanoes, Lakes, Tropical Rainforest, spaces to practice extreme sports, and a highly developed city . However, the country offers more than this: leaving life lessons to every visitor.

“For one of our main clients, Allied Global’s operations in Guatemala represent its second major call center service provider” -Germán López, Chief Strategy Officer. Allied Global
“Guatemala represented a unique and attractive business model. A challenge was visualized in Guatemala. We ran the risk and it worked” -Lic Juan Martínes Venegas, General Manager Marhnos Guatemala
"Guatemala is our main emerging market in Latin America. All of our clients are pleased to do business in Guatemala - José J. Urizar, EGS Operations VP in Guatemala
“In Guatemala, the tax incentives to establish a new business are attractive, the business environment is positive and optimistic, and the workforce is excellent” -Federico Medinilla, CEO Xerox Guatemala
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Growth of Guatemala
The attraction of Foreign Direct Investment has increased 400% reaching $1.3 billion in the year 2013.
University Students
Guatemala has the largest student population in all of Central America with more than 312,700 students enrolled in 14 universities.
Why Guatemala?
Guatemala is ranked among the top 10 happiest countries in the world, according to the "Happy Planet Index" of the New Economics Foundation.
Guatemala is the most developed metropolis in the entire Central American region from Mexico, D.F. to Bogota, Colombia.

Inversión extranjera crece 11.8% a marzo

Inversión extranjera crece 11.8% a marzo


Según la información del banco central, el sector con mayor captación de capitales es el de Agricultura, minas y canteras, con $122.8 millones, que representan el 32.9% del total de IED. En segunda posición aparece el Comercio, que movilizó $99.3 millones, que equivale al 26.6%. En tercer puesto se ubica el sector de Manufacturas, con un 17.7% (unos $66.2 millones). Las demás actividades también mostraron dinamismo, aunque en menor escala.En cuanto a la procedencia de las inversiones durante el primer trimestre del año, el informe apunta hacia Canadá, de donde ingresaron $108.8 millones, seguido por Estados Unidos, con $85.7 millones, y en tercer lugar aparecen las inversiones inglesas, con $48.1 millones.

Al hablar específicamente de Centroamérica, se nota que los principales capitales vinieron de Panamá, que sumó alrededor de $5.9 millones, mientras que de El Salvador llegaron $4.9 millones.

Luis David, director de la oficina de Invest in Guatemala, explica que el aumento de inversiones se debe a un esfuerzo de largo plazo, por lo que hay una programación para destacar al país de las economías cercanas que también compiten por atraer capitales. Agrega que entre los factores que se exponen es la ubicación, incentivos y productividad de la población.


De acuerdo con David, este año se proyecta que la atracción de inversiones internacionales crezca entre 8% y 9% sobre los $1,300 millones captados el año anterior. Se estima que se superen los $1,400 millones.

22 October 2014

By Claudia María Galán  

After eight years without changes, Guatemala improved its rating 4-5 scale of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (Ocde).

09 September 2014

Bupa Global, el proveedor privado internacional de seguros médicos con más de 1.9 millones de clientes alrededor del mundo, inauguró este martes su primera oficina en Guatemala.

09 September 2014

Según la información del banco central, el sector con mayor captación de capitales es el de Agricultura, minas y canteras, con $122.8 millones, que representan el 32.9% del total de IED.

10 October 2014

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