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FDI in Figures

FDI flows to Paraguay remain weak compared to flows towards its neighbours. After dropping in 2013 due to an institutional crisis that paralysed the country, FDI inflows rebounded since 2014. According to UNCTAD’s World Investment Report 2021, FDI inflows to Paraguay increased by 9% to USD 568 million in 2020, up from USD 522 million in 2019, despite the economic and health crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. The total stock of FDI in the country is estimated at USD 6.9 billion in 2020. The country's lockdown (nationwide in March and April, and in selected areas afterwards) proved effective and the economy could reopen relatively quickly. Inflows continued to mostly target the country's natural resources and agri-food industries. Paraguay's main investment partners are the US, Brazil and Spain. In 2020, the Brazilian investment holding company ECB Group started construction on an $800 million renewable fuel plant, the so-called Omega Green complex, which will produce advanced biofuels. The construction of a USD 150 million hotel complex that includes a convention centre, restaurants, a casino, luxury shops and an amusement park on San Francisco Island began in mid-2019. For that, the American company Vimerica Development will invest in the project via its subsidiary Vimerica SA along with local and foreign investors.

Paraguay ranked 125th in the last Doing Business report, which was published by the World Bank in 2020, indicating a twelve-spot decrease from the previous year. Most sectors are open to foreign investment; however, several remain under public monopoly, such as the electricity sector. Paraguayan law grants investors tax breaks, allows full repatriation of capital and profits, supports assembly plant operations and guarantees national treatment for foreign investors. Foreign investment is not subject to screening, and foreign entities are permitted to own property. Despite reforms to the public sector and strengthened legal protections, business climate remains challenging due to corruption and insecurity linked to drug trafficking. The political climate, the poor condition of infrastructure and the lack of transparency in regulations are major obstacles for investors. Additionally, labour regulations are outmoded and restrictive. However, Paraguay is able to offer low cost electricity and seeks to become, in the long-term, a centre of integration between the Pacific and the Atlantic. Paraguay also grants investors a number of tax breaks under Law 60/90. The reforms that have been recently implemented by the government - such as the law regulating public-private partnerships - should lead to greater investments.

 

Country Comparison For the Protection of Investors

  Paraguay Latin America & Caribbean United States Germany
Index of Transaction Transparency* 6.0 4.1 7.0 5.0
Index of Manager’s Responsibility** 5.0 5.2 9.0 5.0
Index of Shareholders’ Power*** 6.0 6.7 9.0 5.0

Source: Doing Business - Latest available data.

Note: *The Greater the Index, the More Transparent the Conditions of Transactions. **The Greater the Index, the More the Manager is Personally Responsible. *** The Greater the Index, the Easier it Will Be For Shareholders to Take Legal Action.

 
Foreign Direct Investment 201920202021
FDI Inward Flow (million USD) 225120122
FDI Stock (million USD) 6,456.76,180.16,301.7
Number of Greenfield Investments* 9.06.08.0
Value of Greenfield Investments (million USD) 8923,42280

Source: UNCTAD - Latest available data

Note: * Greenfield Investments are a form of Foreign Direct Investment where a parent company starts a new venture in a foreign country by constructing new operational facilities from the ground up.

 

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Tax Rates

Value Added Tax (VAT)
10% (standard rate)
Reduced rate: 5% (real estate selling and leasing, basic groceries, farming products, and pharmaceutical products)
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tax authority temporarily reduced the taxable base for certain products and services to 50%, including services related to tourism, hospitality and restaurants.
Exempt items include foreign currency; oil by-product fuels; interest on public securities; interest on bank deposits, books, certificates and shares; exportation of goods and exportation freight services; and transfer of credits.
Company Tax
10%
Withholding Taxes
Dividends: 8% (residents)/15% (non-residents); Interests: 6% (residents)/15% (non-residents); Royalties: 8% (residents)/15% (non-residents)
Social Security Contributions Paid By Employers
16.5% (commercial entity)/ 17%  (financial entity)
Other Domestic Resources
Fiscal Authority, in Spanish
Finance Ministry, in Spanish
Consult Doing Business Website, to obtain a summary of the taxes and mandatory contributions.
 
 

Individual Taxes

Personal income tax
Up to PYG 50,000,000 8%
PYG 50,000,001-PYG 150,000,000 9%
Over PYG 150,000,000 10%
For individuals living abroad and deriving profits from activities performed inside the Paraguayan territory Effective rate of 10%
 
 

Country Comparison For Corporate Taxation

  Paraguay Latin America & Caribbean United States Germany
Number of Payments of Taxes per Year 19.0 28.2 10.6 9.0
Time Taken For Administrative Formalities (Hours) 378.0 327.5 175.0 218.0
Total Share of Taxes (% of Profit) 35.0 46.8 36.6 48.8

Source: Doing Business - Latest available data.

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Investment Opportunities

Tenders, Projects and Public Procurement
Tenders Info, Tenders Worldwide
DgMarket, Tenders Worldwide
Setting Up a Company
Consult Doing Business Website, to know about procedures to start a Business in Paraguay.
Useful Resources
Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness of Paraguay (in Spanish)
 

Business Setup Procedures

Setting Up a Company Paraguay Latin America & Caribbean
Procedures (number) 7.00 8.00
Time (days) 35.00 25.22

Source: Doing Business.

 
 
 

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