Infrastructure and equipment in Guatemala's justice sector advance with CABEI support


• A first CABEI disbursement to Guatemala for US$27.4 million will enable the construction of a penitentiary center, police stations and the acquisition of a fleet of vehicles and police equipment.

Guatemala City, April 28th, 2021.- The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), through the Justice Sector Investment and Modernization Program, granted the first disbursement to the Republic of Guatemala in the amount of US$27.4 million, with which the Government Ministry (MINGOB) will initiate key investments to improve citizen security, crime prosecution and justice administration in the country.

With these resources, MINGOB will begin the first phase of construction of police stations and substations, as well as the design, construction, and supervision of a penitentiary center. A first batch of vehicle fleet and technological equipment for police headquarters will also be acquired.

"It is of great satisfaction that this type of program is being implemented in our member countries. Investing in infrastructure and high-tech equipment for the justice sector is key to increasing Guatemala's competitiveness and improving the population's quality of life," said CABEI Executive President, Dr. Dante Mossi.

The Program under execution was approved by CABEI for US$300.0 million and seeks to strengthen the capacities of the institutions responsible for the administration of security and justice in Guatemala at the national level, including the Government Ministry, the Judicial Branch, the National Institute of Forensic Sciences and the Public Criminal Defense Institute.

This operation is framed within CABEI's 2020-2024 Institutional Strategy and contributes to the Sustainable Competitiveness and Human Development and Social Inclusion axes, which seek to intervene in the strengthening of the economic, social and institutional factors that determine regional competitiveness, as well as generate social capacities to improve people's well-being and quality of life.