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Energy & Commodities

Earlier this week in Brazil, the price of ethanol rose above the price of sugar for the first time in nearly two years. What does this mean?

Natural resource extraction is a key contributor to economic growth in various parts of the Western Hemisphere, but governments, businesses and civil society are faced with how to improve extractive activity and its effects on broad-based socioeconomic development in respective communities.

Top stories this week are likely to include: Cuba takes over the chairmanship of CELAC on Monday as the summit wraps up in Santiago; a bipartisan group of U.S. senators release a plan for comprehensive immigration reform a day before Obama lays out his proposals; violence in Colombia increases following the end to the FARC’s unilateral ceasefire; Argentina and Iran seek approval for an international truth commission to investigate the 1994 AMIA bombing in Buenos Aires; mining protesters blockade a highway in Peru.

Improving relations with the community is fundamental to the long-term prosperity of both mining companies and local residents.
Equitable and sustainable growth is possible—maybe.
Extraction without rules.
Prepare for more supply disruptions, price swings and political tensions.
How can governments best ensure mining produces broad-based economic development?
The hemisphere revives an old policy standby.
Resource conflicts are on the rise.

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