Guatemala City, June 7 (EFE). Guatemalan President Alejandro Giamatti on Monday presented the Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, with a proposal to generate 2.5 million jobs in the Central American country over the next 10 years. In search of stopping immigration.
The proposal was presented during the private meeting they both held at the National Palace of Culture, the seat of government located in the center of the Guatemalan capital, as part of the first official visit of the US Vice President to the country.
In a statement, the Department of Economy specified that Harris was offered a path to generate 2.5 million jobs in order to reduce poverty and thus irregular immigration to the United States.
“To reduce immigration, it is important to solve the country’s structural problems through clear strategies aimed at creating jobs,” the economic portfolio emphasized.
During the meeting between high-ranking officials, the efforts of the Guatemalan government to attract foreign investment, improve the country’s trade performance and promote Small and Medium Enterprises (MIPYMES) to generate economic development were addressed. term.
The bilateral meeting also discussed the need to promote a common agenda between the two countries that includes strengthening trade missions, developing the productive capacities of Guatemalan youth, strengthening agro-industrial chains and digitizing and simplifying procedures.
“These measures are vital to generating employment and preventing irregular immigration to the United States,” Giamatti said.
According to the Ministry of Economy, during the first quarter of 2021 Guatemala exported $1,044.8 million to the United States, which is equivalent to being the main social and commercial center of the Central American country.
In light of this, the Guatemalan Economy Minister, Antonio Malouf, said that “cooperation and joint action between the two countries is vital to revitalize the economy and generate employment sources for Guatemalans.”
The Vice President of the United States arrived in Guatemala on Sunday for her first official visit outside her country, with irregular immigration a main topic on her trip, and on Monday the same is scheduled to travel to Mexico to meet with President Manuel Lopez Obrador. Tuesday.
Before that, he plans to meet in the capital with Guatemalan society leaders and business leaders to discuss various issues of bilateral cooperation.
Official figures indicate that 59% of Guatemalans’ 16.3 million people live below the poverty line. EFE
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