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Brazil Safer, Venezuela Worse

The safest and most dangerous countries in Latin America for foreign multinational executives.
WORSE Venezuela is only getting worse, according to the Latin Security Index. Kidnappings and homicides remain high, experts say. (Photo: CIPC)



Brazil and Panama have become safer for foreign multinationals and executives, while Venezuela has worsened further, according to the fifth annual Latin Security Index developed by FTI Consulting Ibero America for Latin Business Chronicle. Overall, however, Latin America remains unchanged from a year ago. 


The Latin Security Index takes into account how each country in the region is doing related to public insecurity, with a special focus on the business community. Apart from polling its business contacts in the region related to issues affecting their security, FTI analizes government statistics at the federal, state or province and municipal levels in areas such as homicides, serious crime, cargo theft, home invasions, kidnapping, political and labor unrest, riots and violent demonstrations and drug trafficking, as well as the efficacy of government programs put into place to combat these problems.  FTI weighs the governmental data based on its reliability, and it also utilizes NGO and multilateral institution studies and statistics and information in all these areas as a part of its ranking.  FTI conducts scans of all major regional media outlets in order to obtain more specific facts around certain phenomena as well as academic research on the issue. 




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Keywords: Brazil,  Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Venezuela

TABLE: Latin Security Index 2011



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