Paraguay is one of the best countries to invest in Latin America

Paraguay ‘One of Best Countries to Invest in Latin America’

Paraguay is one of the best countries to invest in Latin America in terms of the ease of launching a business and the growing opportunities available in the country, according to Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) President Mauricio Claver-Carone.

IDB President Mauricio Claver-Carone, who has named Paraguay as one of the best countries to invest in Latin America
IDB President Mauricio Claver-Carone

“If I were a foreign company, one of my first destinations would be Paraguay, due to the current investment environment that is ideal for doing business,” Claver-Carone was reported as saying during a meeting with Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez and various ministers from his government on September 13.

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In that meeting Claver-Carone also lauded Paraguay’s ability to increase foreign direct investment (FDI) during the pandemic, bucking the regional trend.

“That Paraguay is one of the five countries in Latin America and the Caribbean that have increased foreign investment during the pandemic in 2020 despite a regional drop of almost 40% in foreign investment is a milestone that must be known ” he reportedly told the media after the meeting.

According to Claver-Carone, Paraguay’s stable politics and significant human capital — including one of the youngest workforces in the region — combine to mean that “all the chips for success are on the table,” reinforcing the country’s status as one of the best countries to invest in Latin America.

The IDB president also highlighted Paraguay’s status as a regional leader in renewable energy — a sector of growing importance as economies seek to develop more sustainable futures.

Pandemic policies make Paraguay one of best countries to invest in Latin America

Since the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic in the early months of 2020, Paraguay has introduced a number of policies that have helped to attract FDI and make it one of the best countries to invest in Latin America.

In the latter part of 2020, the government announced that it would be streamlining the residency process for foreign investors, as well as promoting the country’s low-tax regime and long term stability, in order to stimulate greater investment. 

“Here there is no history of confiscations or changes to the rules for investment,” said then-Finance Minister Benigno López when announcing the initiative.

Meanwhile, in January 2021, the government issued a decree to consolidate regulations for transfer pricing in Paraguay which had been first introduced in 2019 in order to bring the country in line with standards established by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Known as the “good practice club,” the OECD is known for its stringent demands for democratic and free market trade practices that inspire investor confidence.

A snapshot of the market in Paraguay, one of the best countries to invest in Latin America
A snapshot of the market in Paraguay

As well as its political stability and significant human capital, Paraguay boasts a number of strong investment opportunities beyond renewable energy that help to make it one of the best countries to invest in Latin America.

Those include a lucrative real estate sector offering returns that are up to 50% higher than in other markets in the region, while the country has a growing startup scene

Those complement a well-established agriculture sector, with soybeans largely used for animal feed and meat among the most important products, as well as significant oil and gas reserves.

Paraguay is also in negotiations with Chile for its first bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) — which promises to create significant opportunities for investors. 

That will add to the free trade access it enjoys to key markets through its membership of the Southern Common Market (Mercosur) — a 30-year old economic integration initiative that also includes Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay.

Biz Latin Hub can assist you doing business in Latin America

At Biz Latin Hub, our bilingual Paraguayan team  of corporate support specialists has the experience and expertise to help you take advantage of the opportunities that make áraguay one of the best countries to invest in Latin America.

We offer a comprehensive portfolio, including company formation, accounting & taxation, legal services, visa processing, and hiring & PEO, meaning we can provide a bespoke package of integrated services to meet every need.

Contact us now to discuss how we can support you in Paraguay, or any of the other 17 markets around Latin America and the Caribbean where we support investors.

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Craig Dempsey

Craig Dempsey

Craig is a seasoned business professional in Latin America. He is the Managing Director and Co-Founder of the Biz Latin Hub Group that specializes in the provision market entry and back office services. Craig holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering, with honors and a Master's Degree in Project Management from the University of New South Wales. Craig is also an active board member on the Australian Colombian Business Council, and likewise also active with the Australian Latin American Business Council.

Craig is also a military veteran, having served in the Australian military on numerous overseas missions and also a former mining executive with experience in various overseas jurisdictions, including, Canada, Australia, Peru and Colombia.

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