LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN: A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion - Uruguay

1. What role does the government of Uruguay play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment?

Uruguay has historically been open to foreign investment in all sectors of its economy, going as far as to declare, through law 16.906, that the promotion and protection of domestic and foreign investment be of national interest.

Foreign investment has continued growing in recent years under signs of protection of free market rules and different government incentives such as tax exemptions for foreign investments in certain critical areas, such as renewable energy, biotechnology and machinery and agricultural equipment manufacturing. Economic growth has also attracted foreign companies to purchase existing players in sectors such as services, transportation, abattoirs and the retail business....

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