• Tourism is the driving force for Costa Rica’s economy

    Costa Rica has been incentivizing tourism for many years now, as a result, tourist economic activity now represents nearly 20% of their yearly GDP.

  • Tierra del Fuego, the tax haven at the end of the world

    A giant economic experiment at Argentina’s southern tip is starting to flag.  To lure people to this wild corner of the Earth, it exempted firms and residents from most taxes.

  • Three key trends for the future of Latin America's economy

    Latin America is open for business and represents a compelling investment opportunity, buoyed by regional integration, a rising consumer class, and a continued focus on trade and industrialization.

  • The web goes native

    “Mozilla Nativo” an initiative that seeks the incorporation of the indigenous languages to the digital world. In particular, it will make easier for indigenous languages speakers to make of the web.

  • The Venezuelan collapse could mean fall of Petrocaribe

    The market is pricing that Venezuela will default in the coming months. With almost $2 billion in debt due in October. As with the default, the existence of PetroCaribe is a matter of time and this will bring economic instability to Central America and the Caribbean.

  • The US Dollar’s fall could already be written

    Rising inflation in the US could signify that the high appreciation the Dollar has been enjoying could soon be coming to an end.

  • The unseen oil crisis that lingers in Mexico

    Despite being among the top 10 oil producers, their gasoline reserves are expected to last only two days if put to the test, Pemex are being put to blame.

  • The UAE continues to expand trade with LatAm

    Non-oil related trade with LatAm has been on the rise in the UAE, the wealthy Middle Eastern country has found favorable trade partners in this region.

  • The Panama Papers actually reflect pretty well on capitalism

    The leak of confidential documents known as the Panama Papers, shouldn’t sour people on global capitalism. Consider the big names that have shown up so far on the list.These are not countries I would describe as “capitalist”: Russia, Pakistan, Iraq, Ukraine, Egypt.

  • The new South America

    The new South America

    What if Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance joined forces?

  • The New Currency Champ Lives South of the Border

    Can you guess which world currency has gained the most since Donald J. Trump’s inauguration as president? Here’s a clue. It has something to do with a “big, beautiful wall” on America’s southern border.

  • The monopoly in Peru’s beer market

    Backus and Johnston, daughter company of SAB Miller controls 95% of the market and distributes the three most popular brands.

  • The left on the run in Latin America

    A brighter future for struggling Latin Americans, ultimately, will require leaders who are accountable to their citizens.

  • The fall of the left in LatAm: A political or economic failure?

    Venezuela’s political cusp is crumbling but still stands, in Bolivia, Evo maintains power and support. Everywhere else, the left is gone. Was their mistake made in politics or economics?

  • The economic effects of the quinoa fad on the Andean people

    For centuries, indigenous peoples of the Andes were the only ones who could grow quinoa, but as the world demands more of it how will they cope?

  • The Curse of Hypercorrection in Latin America

    In the late 2000s, leftist politicians were leading countries all across Latin America. Today, most are in retreat, challenged by a new crop of would-be leaders promising to fix the problems created by the left.

  • The Cuban rum industry is booming

    Cuban rum and cigars seem to have become the souvenir of choice for U.S. visitors to the island.

  • The cost for LatAm: The war on drugs

    Although initially sponsored by the US government, the war on drugs comes at significant cost to LatAm as well. Beyond the social cost, there is significant economic cost too.

  • The cost for LatAm: Homophobia

    The world, on account of its institutionalized homophobia, loses around $119 billion dollars a year. LatAm should make structural changes to mitigate losses and promote inclusion.

  • The cost for LatAm: Corruption

    Each and every country on the region pays a price for their corrupt official, in Mexico its 9% of their GDP and in Colombia its 4%. To what extent does it hinder development?

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