As an entrepreneur, as a social change agent, but primarily as a citizen of Guatemala, I welcome your Call to Action. As Guatemalans we are keenly interested in addressing the root causes of irregular migration and mitigating the flight of talent from our country. Guatemalans migrate predominantly in search of better economic opportunities.
If 77% of Guatemalans are migrating in search of better jobs, we should focus our attention and our solutions towards creating those job opportunities and making them available locally. I recognize that there are certain systemic constraints that limit our country’s ability to grow and to drive its inclusive development. I respectfully respond to the Call to Action with a concrete set of proposals:
Dramatically increasing foreign investment. As a country, we welcome foreign investors that will join us in creating good jobs. This is a more robust and sustainable option than aid alone. The “Guatemala Moving Forward” Plan, analyzes the reasons why we have been unable to attract more investors and provides a prioritized roadmap of the most impactful initiatives that would spur job creation.
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