MIAMI, Jan. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- IMTC, the premier events of the International Money Transfer & Payments Industry, has announced today that its first remittance & migration conference of 2017 will be held in Antigua, Guatemala at the Porta Hotel. IMTC LATAM 2017 will be its first conference in Central America and will draw attendees from the Americas & Europe.
Remittances to Guatemala will surpass US 7 Billion for 2016, an all-time high. Remittances to Guatemala have grown steadily since 2010 with an average growth of 6% per year, outperforming most of the countries in the region. But also El Salvador, Honduras and even Mexico has seen remittances grow in 2016, all of them reaching all-time highs. Remittances to Honduras are expected to reach 4 billion while El Salvador could reach 4.5 B when year-end statistics are published. Higher incomes in the US and Trump fears are cited as reasons for the increases.
The main objective of this event is to explore the remittance market in the region, learn what bank and non-bank institutions are doing to serve the families of migrants, the financial inclusion efforts, the technological innovations that are slowly reaching this market as well as the migration-related laws and regulations implemented in several countries (anti-coyote laws) and the humane treatment of migrant minors.
Hugo Cuevas-Mohr, Director at IMTC, states: "Now that migration & remittances are at the center of the political debates in Europe & the US, it is important for the industry to work together with the civil society, regulators & politicians. The importance of remittances to every country in the region is enormous and we must work together to defend the right of migrants to help their families back home. The industry has always been part of the solution."
Mr. Cuevas-Mohr will be visiting Guatemala on January 15-18 to meet with representatives from the industry, the government and the media to increase awareness on the coming event and discuss agenda topics with potential speakers and panelists.
IMTC (http://imtconferences.com/) organizes IMTC WORLD in Miami Beach, the largest industry gathering in the world, IMTC USA in San Francisco (June), IMTC EMEA in Madrid (April) and IMTC AFRICA in Nairobi, Kenya (September).
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