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Lack of security, infrastructure threaten Colombia’s mining sector

Colombia’s mining industry must overcome significant obstacles in terms of security and infrastructure in order to tap into economic potential. On September 4, Colombian national authorities identified 307 illegal mining operations

Latin America Politics

Government shakeup won’t improve Venezuela’s investment climate

The reshuffling of Venezuela’s executive branch was meant to boost President Maduro’s popularity and increase confidence in the United Socialist Party’s economic policies. However, the reshuffle does not incorporate impartial and moderate

Finance Latin America

Latin America still low on ‘Ease of Doing Business’ scale

The ‘Ease of Doing Business’ ranking has improved for Latin American countries since 2005, but important regulatory areas such as tax law, contract enforcement, and commercial lending need to be overhauled

Economics Latin America

Colombia risks being caught in middle-income trap

Colombia is becoming a popular Latin American investment market. But if Bogotá wants to grow beyond the middle-income range and become a long term-investment destination, the government will have to emphasize better governance

Economics Latin America

Argentina’s default raises more questions than answers

Of all the defaults through Argentina’s history, the one on august 3rd 2014 is the strangest to date. Moreover, its implications could spill over to the rest of global markets. In

Latin America Politics

Chile passes ambitious reforms to avoid middle-income trap

When Chilean president Michelle Bachelet and her center-left coalition won the election last year, it was clear that reform was on her mind. President Bachelet and the National Congress have

Latin America Politics

GRI Series on Brazil: Elections precede economic reform

In Brazil, economic adjustment will have to come from within the ruling party after the October elections. Complex political coalitions and a shared national social policy agenda have created a

Latin America Politics

GRI Series on Brazil: The presidential race is on

President Dilma Rousseff has remained popular throughout most of her first term. But with her approval ratings in decline, does she risk defeat in the upcoming presidential elections? This is

Finance Latin America

Argentina’s debt restructuring options limited

On June 16th, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of NML Capital Ltd (NML) over the Republic of Argentina in a major debt settlement case. The ruling has implications not

Latin America Politics

3 reasons Bolivia’s Evo Morales is here to stay

With the backing of the military and the opposition divided and conquered, Evo Morales will likely stay on as Bolivia’s president. Such political stability will present Bolivia with an opportunity to