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Arias & Munoz- Monthly Newsletter, February 2012

Submitted By Firm: Arias & Muñoz

Contact(s): Anna Karina Jiménez, Cesar Bautista, Jessica Handal Segebre, Josué Rafael Reyes Campos, Liz Gordillo Anleu, Norma Elena Morales, Rene Serrano, Roberto Argüello, Yadira Maradiaga

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Vivian Morales, Morena Zavaleta, Ricardo Montes Belot, Gabriel Chiong, Rudolfo Molina, Marco Mastellari

Date Published: 3/8/2012

Article Type: Legal Update

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GUATEMALA

Personal data protection in Guatemala

There is no specific legislation in Guatemala regarding personal data protection as of today. At the international level, for example in the European Union, there is specific legislation for the protection of personal data which grants any person the right to decide if he/she reveals personal information of his/her life or private activity and creates a regime for the protection of information with prohibition to sell or transfer data without the express consent of the involved person. 

Within the Guatemalan legal framework, the concepts of "Personal data" and "Sensitive personal data", are defined in article 9 of the Public Information Access Law, 57-2008 the Congress Decree, as: 

  1. Personal Data: those relating to any information regarding identified or identifiable natural persons.
  2. (b) Sensitive Data or Sensitive Personal Data: personal data which relate to physical or moral features of a person or facts or circumstances of his/her private life or activity, such as personal habits, racial origin, ethnicity, ideology and political opinions, beliefs or religious convictions, physical or psychological health, sexual life or preferences, moral and family situation or other intimate matters of a similar nature.

An important concept within this theme is "Habeas data" which is also defined in the aforementioned Public Information Access Law, as: "the guarantee that every person has the right to know what kind of personal information is recorded in files or any other form of public records, and the purpose to which this information is dedicated, as well as to their protection, correction, ratification or updating. Unidentifiable impersonal data, such as those of demographic collected to maintain statistics, does not attach to the regime of habeas data or protection of personal data of this law." The underline has been included to highlight the fact that the protection of "Habeas Data" in Guatemala only extends to public records and not private records. 

Article 274 paragraph (d) of the Criminal Code, Decree No.17-73 of Congress of Guatemala, establishes as a crime to create a data bank or a computer record with data that may affect the privacy of individuals, regulating that any person responsible for this crime shall be imposed with imprisonment from 6 months to 4 years and a fine of Q.200 to Q.1 000. Notwithstanding, there are no other laws or regulations that develop or protect "Habeas Data" in private records. The plenary of the Congress met on August 20, 2009 and reviewed the initiative of law No.4090-2009 to adopt a Personal Data Protection Law drafted and submitted by Mariano Rayo Muñoz, Gustavo Ernesto Blanco Segura and partners, but it has not yet been approved. 

Within the negotiations of the Association Agreement between Central America and Europe, the representatives of the European Union have requested that the Central American countries should have this type of legislation. 

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Protección de datos personales en Guatemala

Al día de hoy no existe en Guatemala una legislación específica de protección de datos personales. 

A nivel internacional, como por ejemplo en la Unión Europea, existe legislación específica para la protección de datos personales que le otorga a cualquier persona el derecho a decidir si revela o no información de su vida o actividad privada y crea un régimen de protección de información con prohibición a comercializar o transferir datos sin el consentimiento de las personas involucradas. 

Dentro del marco jurídico guatemalteco, los conceptos de “Datos Personales” y “Datos Personales Sensibles”, se encuentran definidos en el artículo 9 de la Ley de Acceso a la Información Pública, Decreto 57-2008 del Congreso, como: 

  1. Datos personales: Los relativos a cualquier información concerniente a personas naturales identificadas o identificables.
  2. Datos sensibles o datos personales sensibles: Aquellos datos personales que se refieren a las características físicas o morales de las personas o a hechos o circunstancias de su vida privada o actividad, tales como los hábitos personales, el origen racial, el origen étnico, las ideologías y opiniones políticas, las creencias o convicciones religiosas, los estados de salud físicos o psíquicos, preferencia o vida sexual, situación moral y familiar u otras cuestiones íntimas de similar naturaleza.

Un concepto importante dentro de este tema es el de “Habeas data” el cual también se encuentra definido en la referida Ley de Acceso a la Información Pública como: “La garantía que tiene toda persona de ejercer el derecho para conocer lo que de ella conste en archivos, fichas, registros o cualquier otra forma de registros públicos, y la finalidad a que se dedica esta información, así como a su protección, corrección, rectificación o actualización. Los datos impersonales no identificables, como aquellos de carácter demográfico recolectados para mantener estadísticas, no se sujetan al régimen de hábeas data o protección de datos personales de la presente ley.” El subrayado es propio y se incluye para resaltar el hecho de que la protección del “Habeas Data” en Guatemala únicamente se extiende a registros públicos y no a registros particulares. 

En el Artículo 274 inciso D) del Código Penal, Decreto No.17-73 del Congreso, se establece como un delito informático la creación de registros prohibidos, regulando que se impondrá prisión de 6 meses a 4 años y multa de Q.200 a Q.1,000, al que creare un banco de datos o un registro informático con datos que puedan afectar la intimidad de las personas, sin embargo no no se desarrolla en ninguna otra ley la protección del “Habeas Data” en registros privados. 

El pleno del Congreso conoció el 20 de agosto de 2009 la iniciativa de ley No.4090-2009 para aprobar la Ley de Protección de Datos Personales presentada por Mariano Rayo Muñoz, Gustavo Ernesto Blanco Segura y compañeros, pero la misma aun no ha sido aprobada. 

Como dato importante cabe mencionar que la Unión Europea solicitó que en el Acuerdo de Asociación entre Centro América y Europa se contara con este tipo de legislación en los países Centroamericanos. 

EL SALVADOR

Ratification for control of drugs containing Benzodiazepines

On December 7, 2011, the Superior Council of Public Health ratified the agreement dated February 17 and 18, 2011 in which it was determined that drugs containing BENZODIAZEPINES at any concentration associated with uncontrolled substances, will be marketed under Retained Special Prescription starting on January 1, 2012. Also was ratified the "Instructions for the Prescription and Sale of Pharmaceutical Specialties containing Benzodiazepines in any concentration associated with uncontrolled substances." Among the BENZODIAZEPINES we find Diazepam and Chlordiazepoxide which are used in the treatment of generalized anxiety, and when combined with Clinidio Bromide is used to treat Colitis Nervosa. If you want a copy of this agreement please contact us. 

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Ratifican control de medicamentos que contengan Benzodiacepinas

En acuerdo del siete de diciembre de 2011, el Consejo Superior de Salud Pública (CSSP) ratificó el acuerdo de fecha 17 y 18 de febrero de 2011 en el cual se determinó que  los medicamentos que contengan BENZODIACEPINAS en cualquier concentración asociadas a sustancias no controladas, se comercializarán bajo Receta Especial Retenida a partir del 1 de enero de 2012. Asimismo se ratificó el “Instructivo para la Prescripción y Comercialización de Especialidades Farmacéuticas que contienen en su formulación Benzodiacepinas en cualquier concentración asociados a sustancias no controladas”.  Entre las BENZODIACEPINAS encontramos las sustancias Diazepan y el Clordiazepóxido que son empleados en el tratamiento de la ansiedad generalizada, y al combinarse con el Bromuro de Clinidio es utilizada para el tratamiento de la Colitis Nerviosa. Si desea copia de este acuerdo por favor contáctatenos. 

HONDURAS

Increase in the monetary policy rate

On January 19, 2012November 8, 2011, the Board of Directors of the Honduran Central Bank approved an executive decision to increase in fifty points, the Monetary Policy Rate which was fixed to 6.00%, as from January 23, 2012. 

The Central Bank of Honduras is responsible for formulating, developing and executing the monetary, credit and exchange rate policies of Honduras. The decision recently approved was designed to maintain the stability of prices of goods and services and protect the country´s external position that can be affected by the behavior of the principle economic variables linked to the international economic scenario, and the recent foreseen trajectory of macroeconomic local indicators. 

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Aumento de la tasa de política monetaria

El 19 de enero del 2012, el Directorio del Banco Central de Honduras aprobó una resolución por medio de la cual incrementó en cincuenta puntos, la Tasa de Política Monetaria, quedando establecida en 6.00% anual, a partir del 23 de enero del 2012. 

El Banco Central de Honduras tiene la facultad de formular, desarrollar y ejecutar la política monetaria, crediticia y cambiara de Honduras. La medida recientemente aprobada fue diseñada para mantener la estabilidad de precios de bienes y servicios, así como para proteger la posición externa del país que se puede ver afectada por el comportamiento de las principales variables relacionadas con el panorama económico internacional y la trayectoria reciente y prevista de los indicadores macroeconómicos internos.

NICARAGUA

Nicaragua export continue to be dynamic

Although the figures published by the Nicaraguan Export Procedures Center (Cetrex) reveal an increase of 7.25% in the amount of Nicaraguan exports during the period of January to February 26th, 2012 compared to the same period of 2011, the expert on external issues, Alejandro Aráuz, declared to national newspaper that he believes that coffee and beans are significantly increasing those statistics. 

According to the Cetrex, to this date Nicaragua has received incomes of US$393 million compared to the US$ 371 million generated in the same period of 2011, for an increase of 5.9%. 

Cetrex statistics show that the most invoiced items in this period are: coffee, beef, raw gold, peanuts, cheese, milk, fatty oils, beans, lobster and processed coffee. Beans appear as the eighth largest export with more than US$2.5 million. 

The general manager of the Agricultural Commodity Exchange, BAGSA, Luis Arevalo, told national newspapers that "there has been a significant increase in the volume of exports of coffee and cattle, however others such as sugar cane has also increased. 

Destination countries and currencies

On Sunday February 26th, Coffee closed with a figure of US$37 million, raw gold with US$24 million in second place, and beef with US$ 19.5 million third place. Venezuela remains the largest export market for beef and Canada is another important market for Nicaraguan export products. 

El Salvador continues to be a large importer of Nicaraguan cheese, beef and beans. Mexico is also imports groundnuts, sugar cane and beef from Nicaragua. 

Coffee in the lead 

Coffee continues to lead the Nicaraguan exports despite a fall in international prices. The cumulative of the year is US$ 74.3 million; beef is second with US$ 70.9 million and raw gold with US$ 57.9 million. 

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Exportaciones Nicaragüenses siguen dinámicas

Aunque las cifras publicadas por el Centro de Trámites de las Exportaciones (Cetrex) de Nicaragua revelan un incremento en el volumen de exportaciones de Nicaragua de 7.25% durante el periodo de enero al 26 de febrero de 2012 en relación al mismo periodo de 2011, el experto en temas exteriores Alejando Aráuz, dijo a diarios nacionales que a su parecer el frijol y el café están aumentando considerablemente las estadísticas. 

Según el Cetrex, a la fecha Nicaragua ha recibido ingresos por el orden de los US$393 millones frente a los US$371 millones generados en el mismo periodo de 2011 para un incremento del 5.9%. 

Las estadísticas del Cetrex reflejan que los rubros que más facturaron en este periodo son el café, la carne de bovino, oro en bruto, maní, queso, leche, aceites grasos, frijoles, langostas y café procesado. El frijol aparece punteando como el octavo rubro de exportación con más de US$2.5 millones. 

El gerente general de la Bolsa Agropecuaria, Bagsa, Luis Arévalo, expresó a los diarios nacionales que “sí hay repuntes importantes en café y ganado que han aumentado el volumen de exportaciones, otros como la caña de azúcar también han aumentado. 

Países destino y divisas

Al día domingo 26 de febrero el café cerró con una cifra de US$37 millones, el oro en bruto con US$24 millones en segundo lugar y en tercer lugar la carne bovina con US$19.5 millones. Venezuela sigue siendo el principal mercado para la exportación de carne bovina. Canadá es otro de los mercados importantes para los productos de exportación nicaragüense. 

El Salvador sigue siendo un fuerte importador de queso nicaragüense, carne bovina y frijoles. México por su parte importa maní, azúcar de caña y carne de Bovino de Nicaragua. 

Café a la cabeza 

El café sigue liderando las exportaciones nicas pese a una baja en su precio internacional. El acumulado del año es de US$74.3 millones, la carne bovina sigue en segundo lugar con US$70.9 millones y el oro en bruto con US$57.9 millones. 

COSTA RICA

El Financiero weekly newspaper: The government wants to Procure 200 MW to private electricity companies

Because the legislation projects to modify the electricity service market are not moving quickly enough in the congress, President Laura Chinchilla wants to stimulate the private electric generation market. The idea is to reach the annual cap of 200 MW allowed pursuant to actual law. 

The Costa Rican Institute of Electricity (ICE) has contracted with 24 private companies that produce a total of 194.6 MW. This gives a space for projects that may jointly produce a total of 196.1 MW. 

ICE is preparing a public bid for almost 200 MW that will be produced pursuant to the “Law 7200” for private electric generation. They are all small projects, and some of them should start in 2012, according to Costa Rican Vice President Liberman. 

ICE will select the first projects during the first semester of this year, as soon as the Public Services Regulation Bureau (ARESEP) has issued the rates that will apply to the private electricity generating companies. 

The Corporate Executive for Energies at ICE, Gravin Mayorga, said: “We have 11 hydroelectric projects for an accumulated capacity of 45.5 MW and other 7 wind power energy projects that will produce 129 MW. There are also 19 new projects that include hydraulic and wind power energy projects. This guarantees that we will have a market with adequate competition for the selection process.” 

The main objective with this new project is to use more renewable energies and stop using fossil fuel energy. 

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El Financiero: El Gobierno Busca Adjudicar 200 MW a Generadores Privados

Con los proyectos para modificar el mercado eléctrico avanzando demasiado lento en la Asamblea Legislativa, el gobierno de la presidente Laura Chinchilla pretende recargar las baterías de la generación privada hasta alcanzar el tope permitido por la Ley que autoriza la generación eléctrica autónoma o paralela. 

El Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), mantiene 24 contratos con empresas privadas de generación por un total de 194,6 MW. Esto deja un espacio para proyectos que generen en conjunto hasta 196,1 MW. 

El ICE está preparando un concurso para los casi 200 MW que se pueden sacar bajo el marco de la “Ley 7200”. Son proyectos pequeños y estimamos que en el 2012 algunos puedan arrancar”, comentó Luis Liberman, vicepresidente de la República. 

Este proceso de selección de proyectos está programado por el ICE para realizarse durante los primeros seis meses de este año; siempre que la Autoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos (Aresep) emita las tarifas que regirán la compra de energía para estas plantas nuevas. 

“Tenemos registrados 11 proyectos hidroeléctricos por una capacidad acumulada de 42,5 MW y siete proyectos eólicos que generarían 129 MW. Además, hay en estudio 19 nuevos proyectos tanto hidroeléctricos como eólicos, lo cual garantiza una adecuada competencia para este proceso de selección”, comentó Gravin Mayorga, gerente de electricidad del ICE. 

PANAMA

Convention expenses incurred in Panama are now tax-deductible for US persons

As a result of the Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA) between Panama and the United States, which entered into force on 18 April 2011, Panama has been included within the list of approved countries for which the expenses of attending a convention can be deducted by US Persons. 

Accordingly, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued Revenue Ruling 2011-26 to update the list of countries considered a part of the North American area, to include Panama for the purpose of allowing tax-deductions for expenses incurred in attending foreign conventions. 

Until the release of IRS Revenue Ruling 2011-26, Panama was not considered a country part of the North American area, and therefore US Persons were not allowed to deduct expenses for conventions attended in Panama. 

Because of the TIEA and the close cooperation between the United States and Panama, US Persons and companies are now allowed to hold and attend business conventions in Panama with the certainty that expenses related to the convention can be deducted in the US.
Together with the other benefits of holding or attending conventions in Panama, namely, the close proximity of Panama to the United States and the friendly business environment of the country, the current allowance provided by the IRS, bolsters Panama´s attractiveness for hosting business conventions for US companies. 

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Gastos de convenciones incurridos en Panamá son ahora deducibles de Impuestos para Personas de los Estados Unidos

Como resultado del Acuerdo de Intercambio de Información Fiscal entre Panamá y los Estados Unidos, que entró a regir el 18 de abril de 2011, Panamá ha sido incluida dentro de la lista de países aprobados para los cuales los gastos de asistencia a convenciones pueden ser deducidos de impuestos por personas de los Estados Unidos. 

Acordemente, el Servicio Interno de Ingresos (IRS por sus siglas en ingles) ha emitido la regla de ingresos No. 2011-26 para actualizar la lista de países considerados como parte del área de Norte América, para incluir a Panamá con el propósito de permitir deducciones de impuestos por gastos incurridos en la asistencia de convenciones en el exterior. 

Hasta la emisión de la regla de ingresos del IRS 2011-26, Panamá no era considerada un país dentro del área de Norte América, y por consiguiente las personas de los Estados Unidos no podían deducir los gastos incurridos en las convenciones sostenidas en Panamá. 

Como consecuencia de la firma del Acuerdo de Intercambio de Información Fiscal y la estrecha cooperación entre los Estados Unidos y Panamá, las personas y compañías de los Estados Unidos tienen ahora permitido sostener y atender convenciones de negocios en Panamá con la certeza que los gastos relacionados con la convención podrán ser deducidos de impuestos en los Estados Unidos. 

Junto con los otros beneficios de sostener y atender convenciones de negocios en Panamá, como lo son la cercanía de Panamá a los Estados Unidos y el amigable ambiente de negocios de Panamá, la nueva norma del IRS fortalece el atractivo de Panamá como país para sostener convenciones de negocios de compañías de Estados Unidos.  

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