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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.

Welcome to Invest in Guatemala

Land of opportunities
Guatemala guarantees the investor a stable and competitive business climate, and according to the World Bank study, Doing Business 2014, it has the best business climate of the DR-CAFTA area.
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BPO Mature market with more than 35,000 positions, exports services to major markets, with presence of large multinationals, serves Fortune 500 clients. High levels of profitability and competitiveness.
Food Industry Excellent infrastructure and logistic activity. 88% of fertile soil available to grow in 360 different microclimates. Abundant water and presence of large multinationals.
Forestry Fertile land with over 360 microclimates allowing the development of high quality wood, products are exported to Central America, Mexico, South America, Italy, Dominican Republic, Belgium, Spain, among others. 772,079 hectares of forest area 79% of exports go to Central America, Mexico, and USA
Infrastructure Considered the hub logistical and service center of the region with access to a market of over 68 million people and conditions that allow it to be the bridge of Central America. Has Private and Public Sector Projects already established for development and investment.
Light Manufacturing 150% growth between 2001 and 2011. Manufacture of electronics, refrigeration equipment, auto parts, plastics, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, cosmetics, and software development as a potential area of investment. 69,040 employees. Direct market access in southern Mexico
Mining Guatemala has the largest deposits of nickel and gold in Latin America. Has some of the most unique jadeite jade deposits in the world. 10,000% of growth between 2004 and 2011 97 exploration licenses and 285 Strip mining licenses approved.
Garments and Textiles Mature and experienced industry. There is a cluster of well established companies making it the most united of the region. Produces for recognized and prestigious brands in the fashion world. It has a production supply chain for accessories, threads, buttons, labels and logistics services. 90,000 employees 46% female workforce.
Tourism 42,042 square miles of diversity: Colonial Cities, Mayan Ruins, Caribbean Coast, Pacific Ocean, Volcanoes, Lakes Tropical Rainforest, spaces to practice extreme sports, and a developed capital city. Opening of new cruise hubs. High potential for development. Unique characteristics to reach first world tourism.
Energy and Oil Main producer and exporter of electricity in the region. In 2011, attracted 32% of foreign investments in the country. 10,945.5 barrels of oil are produced per day. 8,927 GWh of energy per year. Growing potential in renewable energy sources.
Guatemala is in the
Top 10
in Doing Business in Latin America.
Exchange rate stability
per $1 USD in 2013
Guatemala is in the
Top 10
of the most reformed countries in the world.
Guatemala ranks
1st place
for Central America in Doing Business
Commerce bridge for
68 million
people in Mesoamerica
Guatemala exports more than
products around the world.
More than
enrolled college students in Guatemala.
More than
$1,307 million
in Foreign Direct Investment
Guatemala Numbers
by sector in 2013

Guatemala is not only a country with wide cultural diversity, beautiful landscapes, and a highly developed capital city, it is also an excellent destination for investments in a wide variety of industries. According to UNCTAD’s World Investment Report 2013, Guatemala is ranked among 20 countries at the worldwide level with high rates of return on foreign investment. In fact, it is ranked as the third country in Latin America with high returns, just below Peru and Paraguay. Just one more reason to invest in Guatemala.

investment in 2013 / ROI 2013

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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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