Hernán Guerra writes in the Journal by the Guatemalan Chamber of Industry:
The President, Otto Perez Molina, wants Congress to approve in record time another set of laws which, according to him and his staff, will become new weapons to be used to combat corruption, improve transparency of public expenditure and at the same time, leverage the recently approved tax reform. However, the objectives are not shared by analysts, representatives of civil society and business, with the common denominator being that the proposals require "more analysis, more discussion and participation."
And, as eight reforms and the three initiatives have been put forward, questions are emerging. Do public officials have knowledge of as many areas as there are included in the bills? Are these proposals legally and technically well-founded enough to restore confidence to taxpayers and Guatemalans in general? Is it right or prudent to limit the discussion to Congress or should it be expanded to include a circle of professionals and other sections of civil society?
Up to March 21st, the Finance Minister, Pavel Centeno, had argued that "these laws will allow us to improve the quality of spending, transparency, preventing resources being invested in enriching people who have an official function." He also argued that "including the whole tax package (with approved tax updates and transparency initiatives) we calculate that Q10 billion could be generated for the state."
Source: Chamber of Industry of Guatemala
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