What is the most important thing that a person/company should consider if they want to invest in Uruguay?
Beyond the emotional elements, the investor must analyze the advantages each country offers. Investors are becoming more aware that foreign investment competition is fierce among countries, especially those located in the same geographic area; therefore comparing the advantages offered by each and every country is a very good idea to finally decide the best option for your circumstances.
The American Nobel prize winner, Milton Friedman (economist) quoted ”Investors in the current context are like consumers, they have benefited because of the strong competition faced by countries, which compete to capture those who want to invest”
Successful economies, seek to look more attractive than their neighbours for investors and that way they’ll get more investments, making significant efforts as; having low taxes, a low cost of labour, high productivity and a functioning social security system, reducing paperwork, giving it the ability to expand its domestic markets through free trade agreements, among others.
In this context, Uruguay offers significant advantages.
Unique commercial entities
Special tax promotions offered by the government from time to time.
Financial system: Special credit lines available
Capital markets: Especially as a way of funding an alternative to banks
Competition’s Control and industrial and intellectual property
Uruguay’s advantage in the first place is its privileged location in America, Montevideo is the administrative capital of MERCOSUR and is located close to the major cities of South America. It is half an hour by plane from Buenos Aires and two hours by plane from Sao Paulo and Santiago de Chile.
It has maintained throughout its history, a political, social and economic framework of comparative stability. It has a legal framework in demanding compliance with the standards and conventions (UN, EU, OECD, among others) while conforming to the legal systems of most of the modern world.
Its population has one of the highest levels of culture in Central and South America, very similar to the more advanced countries of the world. Income per capita distribution, despite the crisis experienced in 2002, is still showing a positive increase which distinguishes it from some of the other countries in the region. (the extremes of rich and poor)
There are other more specific points that the investor must analyze given by the regulations that the country offers, in which we can highlight the following aspects:
What are the advantages offered by the country to the investor?
The country offers political, economic and social security. Over its history the stability has been unblemished; it has fulfilled its obligations unreservedly. Because of this, it has earned a high reputation and respect in the region and the world. Although it has a limited domestic market, unlike Brazil and Argentina, to integrate MERCOSUR, production units of the country can access its neighbours with no tariffs.
In addition, Uruguay has signed a trade agreement with Mexico that allows Uruguayan products access with minimum tariff rates, making Uruguay an ideal country to become a platform for production exporting in the region.
With the above advantages, we think a clients market analysis for the costs of labour, social security, taxes, government services and financial costs are more than competitive with other options offered in the region.
GTSA is able to offer a range of customer services for potential buyers that will enable a smooth transition for any new investment. Amongst the choices, we have the following.