LBC 2014 Outlook: All Eyes on Mexico and Brazil
  • Brazil will host the 2014 World Cup this year.
  • Seven countries – including Colombia – will head to the polls this year to elect a new president.
  • All eyes will be on Mexico as it fleshes out last year’s energy reform.
  • Consumption will continue to drive growth in the region.
13th January 2014

Read LBC’s predictions on what will happen in the region this year.
This year should be an exciting one for Latin America. On the economic front, the region should see some modest growth, as the global economy begins a recovery. With a rebound in U.S. growth, countries tied to that economy, whether through trade or remittances, should see a pick-up, and a recovery in Europe – however slight – should spell good news for the region as well. Though Chinese growth is slowing down – spelling an end to the voracious hunger for commodities of the past decade – the effect will not yet be dramatic for the region.
Within the region, all eyes will be on Mexico and Brazil this year – the region’s two largest economies. Under the administration of Enrique Peña Nieto, Mexico has passed and plans to continue passing a number of reforms aimed at spurring economic growth – the most notable of which was an energy reform at the end of last year. That reform opened Mexico’s energy sector to foreign investment for the first time in decades, and how it is fleshed out will tell whether Mexico will become the region’s rising star.
Brazil, meanwhile, will host the 2014 World Cup, before heading into presidential elections in October – one of seven countries in the region that will choose a new head of state this year. In Brazil’s election, President DilmaRousseff may face a more competitive bid for reelection than many analysts once anticipated, given the protests that rocked that country …

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