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Peru’s informal mining sector threatens economic growth

Peru faces the critical challenge of regulating the informal mining sector. Leaning on the extractive industries for private investment, the rise of an extrajudicial gold rush could jeopardize economic progress. Much

Latin America Politics

Brazil embraces immigration reform

Brazil has announced plans for a streamlined work visa application for skilled foreign workers, which should help fill its current skilled labor shortage. 2013 brought plenty of difficulties for Brazil.

Economics Latin America

Cuba’s reforms need more power to attract investment

Cuba has undergone reforms during Raul Castro’s presidency, but they continue to progress slowly and lack substance. Still, the atmosphere is right for Cuba to make some improvements to its

Latin America Security

Increased guerrilla activity in Paraguay threatens FDI

The Paraguayan People’s Army, a burgeoning terrorist organization, is attacking Paraguayan agribusiness and the country’s rural police. In an economy that depends heavily on ranching and agriculture, this particular group

Economics Latin America

What to watch for in Latin America in 2014

The relationship in Latin America between governments and business in 2014 will be defined primarily by the interaction of democracy and natural resource economics. Here is an overview of key

Latin America Politics

GRI Person of the year in political risk: President Pena Nieto

In one year Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has overhauled key branches of Mexico’s economy such as energy and telecommunications, while also working to increase government revenue. He has enacted

Latin America Politics

Suriname-Netherlands row downplays economic progress

The Surinamese government recently partnered with Spanish energy firm CEPSA and became a full voting member of the Caribbean Development Bank. However, the Dutch denouncement of the Surinamese executive branch

Latin America Natural resources and energy

Argentina’s nationalized oil company may plague finances

A new deal between the Argentina and Repsol, a Spanish multinational oil and gas company, will mark a new era for Argentinian state finances. It also introduces an important question: will Repsol’s

Latin America Politics

FARC negotiations give Colombia opportunity to fight corruption

Lower levels of corruption in Colombia may help attract foreign direct investment. The government has an opportunity to improve the investment environment during negotiations with FARC. As it becomes clear

Latin America Politics

President Maduro focuses on elections, not economy

President Nicolas Maduro has gained special powers to fight Venezuela’s economic woes. However, things are unlikely to improve under the tense political atmosphere. On November 19th, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro