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Latin America 2008: Q&A Business Outlook

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Latin Business Chronicle asks leading business leaders and Latin America experts about the region's outlook for 2008.

BY CHRONICLE STAFF

How do you view the business outlook for Latin America in 2008? Latin Business Chronicle asked 11 leading experts on the region. Our panel includes:

  • Peter Cardinal, executive vice president for Latin America, Scotiabank, Canada.
  • Rui da Costa, managing director for Latin America and Caribbean, Hewlett-Packard, USA
  • Jose Duarte, president and general manager, Latin America, SAP, Germany.
  • Jerry Haar, professor of management and international business, Florida International University, USA.
  • Bereket Haregot, Vice President, Latin America Global Marketing, Chevron, USA
  • Maureen Kempston Darkes,  President, Latin America, Africa and Middle East, General Motors, USA
  • John Murphy, Executive Vice President, Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACCLA), and Vice President, International Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
  • John Price, president, InfoAmericas, USA
  • Beatrice Rangel, president AMLA Consulting, USA.
  • Jose Antonio Rios, Chairman, Global Crossing Latin America, Chairman, Navidad Real Estate Holding, USA.
  • Peter Rösler, deputy general manager, Ibero-Amerika Verein, Germany.

Latin Business Chronicle: How do you view the business outlook for Latin America in 2008? 

Kempston Darkes: In general, the South American economies remain strong...A strong global demand for commodities is leading economic growth. GM and the industry [were] expected to hit record sales volumes in 2007, and the growth is expected to continue in 2008.  With our global product portfolio, GM is well-positioned to take advantage of this growth.

Da Costa: We are confident Latin America will have another strong year in 2008. Though the region still faces important challenges such as the social...

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