Latin Infrastructure Index 2014: Addressing the deficit
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29th October 2014

The region made steady progress in addressing its infrastructure deficit, but more needs to be done.
By Mark Keller
Infrastructure continues to be the main challenge facing Latin America’s economies in their drive for economic growth. Research from the Inter-American Development Bank, which partnered with Latin Trade Group to present the TradeAméricas Connect Americas Expo in Miami in September, shows that Latin American countries would need to invest, on average, 5% of GDP annually to catch up to international standards within a decade. Unfortunately, the regional average is only half that. Estimates should that Latin American countries could boost their annual economic growth by 2% if their infrastructure were comparable to other middle income countries such as Turkey or Bulgaria.
While some countries have taken the lead in improving infrastructure development – offering attractive financing schemes, public-private partnership, and other concessions, attracting trillions in investment over the past decade – there is a great variety of success in implementing them between the countries in the region. A study by the Economist Intelligence Unit shows that between 2010 and 2012, 14 of 19 countries in the region had improved their investment climates for Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs).
With these varying degrees of success in mind, Latin Trade Business Intelligence presents you with the Latin Infrastructure Index, which presents a comparative look at the …

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