Energy Update: A Look at the Books of Latin America's Big State Oil FirmsHemispheric UpdatesNaki MendozaWednesday, March 22, 2017
Latin America’s large state-backed oil companies reported their full-year earnings—and with modest results to show. Ecopetrol, Pemex, Petrobras, and YPF all posted either flat or declining figures in their finances and production for 2016. The results stem from an unfavorable combination of persistent low oil prices, adverse economic conditions, and domestic events that took a toll on operations and investments. Earnings from these companies represent a significant source of government revenue and their performance can have a strong ripple effect throughout the broader economy.
2016 was a difficult year for national oil companies in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico, proving the need for the energy sector reforms in each case.
A Seat at the Table: Five Steps to Making Latin American Politics More DiversePapers & ReportsWednesday, March 22, 2017
This new report from Americas Society, with support from the Ford Foundation, looks at strategies for electing and supporting minority lawmakers in Latin American politics. (También disponible en español.)
Resumo #CouncilBR: Temer diz que "o Brasil não desviará de seu rumo"Program SummariesLuisa LemeWednesday, March 22, 2017
O governo federal brasileiro encontrou com o setor privado em Brasília para falar de investimento e recuperação econômica.
Weekly Chart: Tracking Traffic and Transportation in Latin AmericaInfographicsHolly K. SonnelandThursday, March 16, 2017
It’s no breaking news that Mexico City regularly ranks as one of the most congested cities in the world. But that alone wouldn’t capture a related, commendable title: it also has the most high-performing metro system in Latin America, with both the largest volume of daily riders and highest usage rate.
Lima and Bogotá are the two largest cities in the region without metro systems.
Ecuador Update: Presidential Race Heats UpHemispheric UpdatesHolly K. SonnelandWednesday, March 15, 2017
Campaigning is underway in Ecuador in the hotly contested April 2 runoff to replace the outgoing President Rafael Correa. After coming in second in the February 19 first-round vote, the Creating Opportunities party candidate Guillermo Lasso has pulled into a slight lead in head-to-head polling against his competitor, Lenín Moreno of the PAIS Alliance ticket.
Former banker Guillermo Lasso has a slight edge in polling over Rafael Correa’s ex-Vice President Lenín Moreno ahead of the April 2 runoff.
LatAm in Focus: Cambiando la cultura machista de América LatinaPodcastsTuesday, March 14, 2017
Violeta Domínguez de la CAF habla del estado actual del liderazgo femenino luego de la “edad de oro” que tuvo la región.
Explainer: Trade between Latin America and the European UnionExplainersGabrielle Rocha RiosThursday, March 9, 2017
In early February 2017, citing a “worrying rise of protectionism” in the wake of the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump, Mexico’s Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo and EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström announced they were accelerating talks to modernize their existing trade agreement, with new rounds scheduled for early April and late June of this year.
The two regions trade more than $230 billion each year—a figure that could go up if the United States takes a protectionist turn.
Vice President Pence Could Be the next Special Envoy for the AmericasArticles & Op-EdsEric FarnsworthWednesday, March 8, 2017
Nothing beats the personal touch. The ability to be heard in the most exclusive center of government power—the Oval Office—and the presence of a trusted and knowledgeable interlocutor at the highest levels to clarify issues and head off potential crises is the dream of almost every foreign representative in Washington, DC. Despite proximity, history and massive business and cultural ties, Latin America and the Caribbean generally have a more difficult time than others in getting their issues in front of the U.S. president.
The establishment of a meaningful channel for inevitable disagreements is more important than ever, writes AS/COA’s Eric Farnsworth for The National Interest.
#womenASCOA resumen: Cerrando la brecha de género – Bachelet dice "Si se quiere, se puede"Program SummariesElizabeth GonzalezTuesday, March 7, 2017
La presidenta de Chile se unió con otros lideres para analizar el progreso y los atrasos pendientes en la inclusión económica y social de la mujer.
Weekly Chart: Women in the Workforce in Latin America and the CaribbeanInfographicsElizabeth GonzalezWednesday, March 1, 2017
Women’s participation in the global workforce has fallen 2 percent since 1990. But it’s a different case in Latin America and the Caribbean, where it’s jumped 14 points. The region saw women join the workforce at a faster pace than anywhere else in the world, adding up to 80 million more working women since the 1960s.
The region’s women are entering the workforce at a faster pace than in any other part of the world.
Energy Is the Model for U.S.-Mexico CooperationArticles & Op-EdsNaki MendozaMonday, February 27, 2017
Fresh off a visit to Europe to discuss global hot spots with G-20 partners, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is now attending to another important relationship simmering much closer to home.
The interconnectedness of the U.S.-Mexican energy trade is the key to future cooperation between the two countries, writes AS/COA’s Naki Mendoza for RealClearEnergy.
Weekly Chart: The Costs of Crime in Latin AmericaInfographicsHolly K. SonnelandThursday, February 23, 2017
Crime and violence take a toll on Latin America and the Caribbean, and the cost adds up to $261 billion annually, or 3.5 percent of GDP, according to an Inter-American Development Bank report out this month. The study surveyed 17 countries in the region and estimated costs based on not just public- and private-security spending, but also the social costs: diminished quality of life for victims and lost income of the countries’ imprisoned populations.
Crime and violence cost the region some $261 billion annually, or more than 3.5 percent of GDP.
Update: Macri Visits Spain to Boost Investor ConfidenceHemispheric UpdatesRodrigo RiazaWednesday, February 22, 2017
Argentina is back on tour. The country’s president, Mauricio Macri, arrived in Madrid on February 21, marking the first official state visit to Spain by an Argentine president since 2009.
Bilateral relations were rocky during the prior administrations, and the Argentine president seeks to reset the tone during a three-day official visit.
Weekly Chart: Tallying Argentina's and Brazil's Exports to MexicoInfographicsLuisa LemeFriday, February 17, 2017
The looming threat of unknown changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement could mean an opportunity for South American countries to deepen their trade relations with Mexico. After a presidential meeting in Brasília this month between Brazil’s Michel Temer and Argentina’s Mauricio Macri, the two leaders said they would pursue closer ties with Mexico and other Latin American c
With Washington looking inward, South American economies are looking to step up trade with Mexico. Here’s where the ties stand now.
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