Guatemala (PRWEB) May 20, 2012
From exporting US$ 1,061 Million in 1986 to exporting US$ 10,463 Million, in 2011; an increase in the number of markets surpassing from 88 in the 1980s to 147 different markets in the year 2011; a generation of one million two hundred thousand jobs and incorporating over 10 thousand producers to the exporting productive chain, are some of the achievements which the exporters have had as a result of 30 years of work.
From transforming the countrys productive structure, exporting 75% of traditional products and 25% of non-traditional products, to exporting 75% of non-traditional and 25% of traditional products; through the creation of the National Export Council CONAPEX, encouraging the creation of an integrated foreign trade policy and the implementation of six annual internationally accredited conventions in Guatemala, are some of the steps that AGEXPORT has taken throughout these years, and that have been fundamental in the development of one of the most dynamic economic sectors in the country that have facilitated the creation of one million formal jobs.-As indicated by AGEXPORTs president, Francisco Menendez
According to AGEXPORTs president, up until 2010, exports of goods and services accounted for 25% of the countrys Gross Domestic Product. This has been achieved with the momentum of 4,064 products made by 3,973 exporter companies, from which, 80% are SMEs. A considerable amount if we consider that at the beginning of the export sector, there were only 149 products and 237 exporters.
Non-Traditional Products and Services Exports have incorporated during three decades, thousands of producers were introduced to the international markets, for example, 35,000 Chinese pea producers, 300,000 cardamom families, 62,300 producers of furniture and forest products, 1 million handicraft producers, 90,286 jobs in the apparel and textile industry, 9,400 bilingual agents in the Call Center industry including jobs in Quetzaltenango and Quich