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World Economic Forum Introduction: Latin America 2.0

What’s new on the list of things that best promote competitiveness and development in the region? Experts talk about labor skills, innovation, cities, trade, and entrepreneurship.   Over the next 12 months, 20 people from Latin American government, academia and the corporate sector will “experiment” in a laboratory to see what creates the highest impact [...]

COUNTRY REPORT – PANAMÁ: Martinelli’s Legacy

Ricardo Martinelli is leaving office in July with sky-high job approval numbers and a long list of achievements, but also a wake of strong-arm tactics that have given rise to detractors angling for change. During five years as Panamá’s president, Ricardo Martinelli has forged a reputation for winning ugly. He favors a bruising, Chris Christie-like [...]

SPECIAL REPORT: The Business of Strategic Consulting

The consulting industry is growing at double-digit rates in the region, as a result of the profound changes in the corporate environment. What will the leaders in this sector do in 2014 to cash in on the boom? The Latin American economic boom of recent years extends to the business of strategic consulting companies. The [...]

INTERVIEW – PARAGUAY’S MINISTER OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE: Today, we have what we never had before, markets.

Gustavo Leite, Paraguay’s minister of industry and commerce, highlights the elements that are luring foreign investors to his country. His predictions for 2014. With an economic growth rate of 13 percent in 2013, Paraguay has become one of the most interesting places to invest. With a stable legal and macroeconomic environment and a large market [...]

FOUNDATIONS – SOCIAL CAUSE ORGANIZATIONS: Measuring social impact, A necessary approach in philanthropy

Traditionally, donors had limited information to make difficult giving decisions. New trends in the way social cause organizations measure their impact is now helping donors get more “bang for their buck.” A child’s life in South Africa is saved from malaria, an ex-convict in New York City starts his own small business and never goes [...]

Agribusiness – Peru: A Green Engine

Agricultural production in 2014 is set to reach its 13th year of consecutive growth. Exports will probably rise 20 percent, thanks in part to investments in technology and infrastructure. Agricultural production in Perú is set for another year of growth in 2014, part of a decade-long trend that has seen the Andean country establish itself as [...]

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  • World Economic Forum Introduction: Latin America 2.0

    World Economic Forum Introduction: Latin America 2.0

    What’s new on the list of things that best promote competitiveness and development in the region? Experts talk about labor skills, innovation, cities, trade, and entrepreneurship.   Over the next 12 months, 20 people from Latin American government, academia and the corporate sector will “experiment” in a laboratory to see what creates the highest impact [...]

  • COUNTRY REPORT – PANAMÁ: Martinelli’s Legacy

    COUNTRY REPORT – PANAMÁ: Martinelli’s Legacy

    Ricardo Martinelli is leaving office in July with sky-high job approval numbers and a long list of achievements, but also a wake of strong-arm tactics that have given rise to detractors angling for change. During five years as Panamá’s president, Ricardo Martinelli has forged a reputation for winning ugly. He favors a bruising, Chris Christie-like [...]

  • SPECIAL REPORT: The Business of Strategic Consulting

    SPECIAL REPORT: The Business of Strategic Consulting

    The consulting industry is growing at double-digit rates in the region, as a result of the profound changes in the corporate environment. What will the leaders in this sector do in 2014 to cash in on the boom? The Latin American economic boom of recent years extends to the business of strategic consulting companies. The [...]

  • INTERVIEW – PARAGUAY’S MINISTER OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE: Today, we have what we never had before, markets.

    INTERVIEW – PARAGUAY’S MINISTER OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE: Today, we have what we never had before, markets.

    Gustavo Leite, Paraguay’s minister of industry and commerce, highlights the elements that are luring foreign investors to his country. His predictions for 2014. With an economic growth rate of 13 percent in 2013, Paraguay has become one of the most interesting places to invest. With a stable legal and macroeconomic environment and a large market [...]

  • FUTURE: Panama Canal

    FUTURE: Panama Canal

    The Big Ditch is about to get bigger – and busier. Despite a nasty contract dispute this year that provoked work stoppages and cost overruns, a new, larger set of locks on the Panamá Canal is expected to begin operating in December 2015, according to Jorge Quijano, administrator of the Panamá Canal Authority, known by [...]

  • FOUNDATIONS – SOCIAL CAUSE ORGANIZATIONS: Measuring social impact, A necessary approach in philanthropy

    FOUNDATIONS – SOCIAL CAUSE ORGANIZATIONS: Measuring social impact, A necessary approach in philanthropy

    Traditionally, donors had limited information to make difficult giving decisions. New trends in the way social cause organizations measure their impact is now helping donors get more “bang for their buck.” A child’s life in South Africa is saved from malaria, an ex-convict in New York City starts his own small business and never goes [...]

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  • Source: McKinsey Global Institute, Reverse the curse: Maximizing the potential of resource-driven economies.

    Natural potential

    A recent report from McKinsey Global Institute tackles the question of countries whose economies depend largely on their natural resources and how they can maximize their potential. The report says that the number of countries where the natural resource sector represents the largest segment of the economy jumped from 58 in 1995 to 81 in 2011, [...]

  • Source: Fomin and Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Climatescope 2013: New Frontiers for Low-Carbon Energy Investment  in Latin America and the Caribbean.

    New frontiers for clean energy

    Climascopio’s 2013 report focuses on investment in low-carbon energy in Latin America. Climascopio is an initiative of the Multilateral Investment Fund (Fomin) and Bloomberg New Energy Finance for evaluating the investment climate as it relates to climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean. To do this, it considers four main parameters that are interrelated [...]

  • Source: Economist Intelligence Unit, Global microscope on the microfinance business environment 2013.

    Pole of attraction for microfinances

    The Economist Intelligence Unit recently issued the 2013 Global Microscope study on the business environment for microfinances. The analysis was first prepared in 2007 for the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean and was broadened to become a worldwide study in 2009. The report analyzes in-depth the business environment for microfinances in 55 countries, [...]

  • Stalled exports

    According to the latest InTrade report, a compendium of information on integration and trade of the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB), Latin American exports are stalled, having had two low-growth years. The region’s annual increase of foreign sales was barely above the zero mark, and it remains stuck at about $1 trillion. In the first half [...]

  • Note: ALC-19 is the weighted average of the 19 countries analyzed. Source: IADB, Better Pensions, Better Jobs: Towards Universal Coverage in Latin America and the Caribbean

    The pension bomb

    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has just launched the book Better Pensions, Better Jobs. Its authors state that although the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean have reduced levels of inequality and poverty, new problems are appearing. How to provide adequate pensions for older adults is one of the main ones. At present, just [...]

  • Source: OECD, PISA 2012

    Poor quality education

    The most recent test measurements by Pisa (Programme for International Student Assessment) from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has bad news for Latin America. The Asians lead the rest of the world in this study, which evaluates knowledge and competence in mathematics, reading and science among 15-year-old students from participating nations. The main [...]

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  • The Chinese Debt Crisis – Domino Effect On Latin America

    The Chinese Debt Crisis – Domino Effect On Latin America

    China today is much more than South America’s second largest customer. China is the largest source of soft loans to these governments. With growth slowing, skyrocketing municipal debt will soon lead to a fiscal crisis. On December 30th 2013, a long awaited report published by China’s National Audit Office confirmed the fears of many – [...]

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    From Growth to Prosperity

    It’s a good time to talk about Latin America. Markets are again moving in its favor. Commodity prices fell by 3.6 percent in the first week of January, against the lackluster December 2013. But they bounced back by 10.7 percent between January 9 and the end of February to reach a 12-month high. Countries like [...]

  • Source: AlixPartners Analysis

    Reversal of Fortunes in Latin America

    Over the last 10 years, fortune has smiled upon exporters of natural resources. In Latin America, countries in Central America, the Caribbean and México, all tied traditionally to the U.S. economy, have grimaced with envy as investment dollars went to South America, whose economic motor is China. But softening commodity prices, a resurgent U.S. economy [...]

  • This is what 2014 will look like

    This is what 2014 will look like

    2014 looks good for Latin America. The region will grow by 3.5 percent, a touch better than last year. This year’s seven presidential elections won’t affect this outlook and the region’s political scenario shows no signs of major changes or extreme radical movements. There might be some protests from the new middle class, who will [...]

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    A new angle for a story

    Over the past three months, I have had the marvelous privilege of speaking with several dozen of the most important businessmen and political leaders in Latin America. I would say that even after years of being in this position of mixing economics and business with information, it was the most interesting intellectual pilgrimage I have [...]

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    2014 – Rising Investor Risk in South America

    Since protests in Brazil took its leaders and the world by surprise in June 2013, many have wondered if the political frustrations of Latin America’s largest nation might soon spread elsewhere. The safe bet is yes. There are four worrisome trends at play in the region that together foretell a period of rising political risk. [...]

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  • Highways: A community for Converse

    Highways: A community for Converse

    An audacious publicity campaign in Mexico and Brazil. Not all publicity campaigns are ATL (Above The Line) – that is, announcements distributed conventionally through television, print or radio. The world of BTL (Below The Line) is growing, and though it already exists in the form of promotions  – events at which brands advertise to their [...]

  • The Duster Walkers

    The Duster Walkers

    How to liven up a Renault         Buyers of 4×4 vehicles use them much more for traveling around the city than for rural settings, although that’s what they were designed for. People choose them because they like them and because it’s the style, even though they drive mainly in the city and [...]

  • The Bud Clock

    The Bud Clock

    How Budweiser made a breakthrough in Ecuador, a market that had been dominated by one brand for a century. Quick-response bar codes seem to be one of those technological developments that arrived before people could realize their true potential. But in Latin America, however, people in the advertising industry seem to have caught on to [...]

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    Colombia, The Only Risk Is Wanting To Stay…

    Selling Colombia as a tourist destination in the international market has been a difficult task in the past. Right-wing paramilitaries, left-wing rebels and drug-trafficking cartels all gave the country a negative and dangerous image, difficult to tackle through campaigns or communication strategies. For many foreigners, images of drug  violence eclipsed the Colombia of Juan  Valdez, [...]

  • High Impact Without Transgressions

    High Impact Without Transgressions

    Technical Credits Title: Insufficient Proposal Agency: Young & Rubicam Chief Creative Officers: Martin Mercado, Diego Tuya, Martin Goldberg, Dario Rial Creative Director:Sergio Paoletta / Mariano Pazos Art Director: Stuart Martin   Banco Galicia is one of the most generous companies in Argentina in terms of the benefits and discounts it provides to its credit card clients. [...]

  • Chileno Becker Beer’s Talking Can

    Chileno Becker Beer’s Talking Can

    Technical credits Creative General Director: Cesar Agost Carreno Creative Director: Francisco Camacho Martino Editor: Juan Pablo Tyrer Art Director: Juan Pablo Alvarez Audiovisual Production: Jenny Saavedra Account Director: Valeria Haddad Production House: Cine 3 Director: Pablo Guarnaccia Executive producer: Fernanda Sala Post-production house: Sastre “This can will self-destruct in four, three, two, one…” goes the [...]

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