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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 [...]

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 [...]

Agribusiness – Peru: A Green Engine

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 [...]

The Best of Travel

The Best of Travel

Latin America is a vast region with lots of different choices for today’s business traveler. We’ve narrowed it down to the top 10 business destinations in the region, as well as the most important industries that serve travelers, to come up with a definitive guide to the best travel experiences in Latin America, as well [...]

The Signs of Change

The Signs of Change

TIMELINE: 20 Years of Politics and Economics in Latin America

TIMELINE: 20 Years of Politics and Economics in Latin America

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TIMELINE: Trends In The Expansion Of The Multilatinas • 1994-2013 Some Relevant Cases

TIMELINE: Trends In The Expansion Of The Multilatinas • 1994-2013 Some Relevant Cases

   

Decisions that changed Latin America

Decisions that changed Latin America

It doesn’t matter how you look at it: the Latin America of 2013 is a different place from that of 1994. It’s not a question of ideology, but of facts and figures. Today, a child born in the region can expect to live for 74 years, and not the 69 years of 20 years ago. [...]

Kevin Pardinas (center) is one of four Hispanic students to receive an RMHC(R)/HACER(R) National Scholarship of $100,000 this year. - Photo: PR Newswire/Newscom

Foundations: High Impact – Houses With A Heart

Ronald McDonald House Charities is one of the few foundations that extend throughout the entire region of Latin America. A case study of high impact. The woman hadn’t moved from her spot all day. She was in front of one of the houses of the Ronald McDonald House Charities (Rmhc) in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Her [...]

The women at the top

The women at the top

The 25 most important women in the Latin American business community.   “Thirty years after women began to represent 50 percent of the higher education graduates in the United States, men continue to occupy the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry.” This is perhaps one of the most poignant sentences in Lean [...]

Finance: Forecast 2014 – Better but not the best

Finance: Forecast 2014 – Better but not the best

How will the prevailing weaknesses in Europe, the gradual ending of the monetary expansion in the U.S., the deceleration in China, and the growth in domestic demand play in the region? A look at what is to be expected for Latin American economies in 2014. With the expectations of an economic rebound in 2013 vanishing [...]

SPECIAL REPORT: LOGISTICS

SPECIAL REPORT: LOGISTICS

The opportunities of the new global logistics order Closer to the consumer The neighborhood store won’t disappear The supply chains of the future The new geography of supply chains: Looking South In the middle of the pack  

The ugly truth about PDVSA

The ugly truth about PDVSA

Pdvsa, the third-largest company in Latin America, is in trouble. The state-owned company is facing a one-two punch: declining production and growing financial demands from Venezuela’s cash-starved government. “The cash flow that the government takes from Pdvsa is very high,” says Lucas Aristizabal, an analyst with Fitch Ratings in Chicago. “That includes the royalties, taxes, [...]

BRAVO Business Awards 2013: The winners, undisputed regional leaders

BRAVO Business Awards 2013: The winners, undisputed regional leaders

Over the last twenty years, Latin Trade has recognized excellence in leadership in government, business and social entrepreneurship in Latin America with the BRAVO Business Awards. The pages of this magazine have consistently paid homage to the winners, who have helped produce deep and permanent change in the region. This year, the tradition lives on. [...]

Jacobo G. Tefel, CEO, Fogel Group; Cecilia del Carmen Mojica Prieto, Founder CEO Delinutricion de Mexico;  Peter Moore, Chen Moore and Association; Martin Mayorga, President and Founder, Mayorga Coffee;  Mark Ludwig, Principal, Variant Advisors &  Contributing Editor, Latin Trade - Photo: Pablo Blazquez

Trade Américas: Opportunities for SMEs in Latin America

Trade Americas Expo is the premier conference and meeting for small-and-medium sized companies from North America and Latin America and the Caribbean that are interested in learning about the growth opportunities and risks when entering new markets throughout the hemisphere. With 600 million inhabitants and an economy of $4.8 trillion, Latin America and the Caribbean [...]

Policy Agenda: A Needed Structural Reform

Policy Agenda: A Needed Structural Reform

A well-educated and productive labor force is a condition for development. Will reforms in Colombia, Mexico and Brazil be sufficient? If there is a topic that should lead a new wave of structural reforms in Latin America it’s the labor market. There is an agreement among economists that it must be deeply transformed, to foster [...]

Country Report: Mexico

Country Report: Mexico

Interview: Luis Videgaray, Mexico’s Secretary of Finance – The Man at the Helm

Interview: Luis Videgaray, Mexico’s Secretary of Finance – The Man at the Helm

Secretary of Finance Luis Videgaray Caso explains his strategy to make Mexico grow at six percent. The effects of the labor reform, the transformation of Pemex, his view on controls on banking and the fiscal reform. In the alternate office of the Secretariat of Finance, on Julio Verne Street, in the Polanco area of Mexico [...]

Infrastructure: Ports – The Pending Tasks

Infrastructure: Ports – The Pending Tasks

Improving the productivity of ports is a necessity in Latin America, but it seems far more important to enhance efficiency in the whole logistics chain, from the producer to the final consumer. According to the World Bank’s Doing Business Report 2013, Latin America has made great progress in facilitating trade across its borders over the past [...]

Latin 500: Latin America’s Top 500

Latin 500: Latin America’s Top 500

The rise of the Holding company: Who they are, how they’ve arisen and why they’re important to regional growth. Holding companies posted double-digit rate growth in revenues in 2012, and are one of the most dynamic sectors among the Top Latin 500. Industries in traditional activities such as energy, food, beverage and retail, lead the [...]

Dynasties’ silent revolution

Dynasties’ silent revolution

Over the next decade, the largest fortunes in Latin America will be passed on to a younger generation. The transition will transform the way in which business is run in the region. Who will be the successors? And, how will the new leaders differ from their forefathers? In Argentina, the country’s third richest man, Gregorio [...]

Ocean freight rates on the rise

Ocean freight rates on the rise

Rates for marine cargo could increase as much as 18 percent in South America’s east coast routes in the upcoming months. In an interview with Latin Trade, chief analyst at the Infrastructure Services Unit of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (Eclac), Ricardo Sánchez, predicted a small but significant recovery in [...]

The Pacific Alliance: Market-friendly Integration

The Pacific Alliance: Market-friendly Integration

While the Pacific Alliance involving Mexico, Chile, Colombia and Peru has gotten off to a good start, many observers say that grounds for skepticism remain. Will the member countries’ pragmatic, market-friendly approach make the difference? The launch of the Pacific Alliance last year revived hopes that a Latin American project may finally be successful in [...]

Nationalizations: The pain in Spain

Nationalizations: The pain in Spain

YPF, Red Eléctrica, Sabsa — companies backed by Spanish capital — were expropriated in the past year in Latin America. Is a new wave of nationalism being aimed at Spain? Some sectors of Madrid’s business community have been muttering with varying degrees of concern about the notion of harassment of Spain’s investments in Latin America. [...]

The Multilatina Index: Food hits the high spots

The Multilatina Index: Food hits the high spots

Sales from the retail, food and beverage sectors experienced double-digit growth last year, but oil companies suffered, according to Latin Business Chronicle’s Multilatinas Index. Led by growth in retail and the food and beverage industry, the 25 companies that comprise the Latin Business Chronicle Multilatina Index posted $498.3 billion revenue in 2012, or 4 percent [...]

Trade Américas: Small spells strong for US business

Trade Américas: Small spells strong for US business

After four years of slow economic growth in the United States, small companies there are discovering new opportunities for broadening their commercial markets in Latin America. The World Bank and the International Finance Corporation have sent a blunt message to the world in their latest Doing Business report: the top priority, it says, is the [...]

CSR, Have we learned anything?

CSR, Have we learned anything?

The practices of social corporate responsibility in the region are moving toward an integrated model of sustainability and viability. What corporations should do, and what they should not do, to design successful programs. The application of this broad concept has emerged not only through the imitation of practices in developed countries and imported by multinationals, [...]