The Guatemala of XXI Century

Agriculture, industry and services are the sectors that have led the growth of the Guatemalan economy during the first decade of the millennium.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


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The ninth anniversary of the creation of Guatemalan´s newspaper Siglo XXI section, "Pulso", which specializes in economy and finance, prompted the analysis of the economy´s evolution in that period.

The editorial highlights the agricultural, industrial and services sectors, followed by construction and commerce.

As an example of the transformation Guatemala´s economy in the first decade, Carlos Amador, president of the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (Agexport) states that "The installation of call centers is also a sign the country has made progress in preparation of Guatemalans. The availability of bilingual staffs and program developers has demonstrated the country has human capital but there is still work to do in order to accelerate growth. Only the call center industry generates 20 thousand jobs and software 5000. The executive director of the Chamber of Industry (IGC), Javier Zepeda, said that "the telecommunications and power generation joined the fastest growing sectors."

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