he World Bank reports that Guatemala's income distribution is among the most unequal in the hemisphere: the wealthiest 10% of the population claims nearly half of all income, while 32% of the population lives on less than $2 a day and 13.5% on less than $1 a day. However, the U.S. State Department says that "on a more positive note, Guatemala's macroeconomic management is sound, and its foreign debt levels are modest. The Berger administration (2004-2007) made promotion of foreign investment and competitiveness a priority and implemented a series of reforms to improve transparency, combat corruption and spur economic growth."

Perhaps you're interested in establishing a partnership with one of the country's exporters. You may be considering joint ventures with Guatemalan companies, franchise or licensing opportunities or sales of your products and services in Guatemala. Whatever your interests and needs, the resources provided in this section will lead you to information that can support your entry into this growing market.

Business Basics

The Market

Cultural Issues