Bancolombia hungry for new acquisitions?
Latin Business Chronicle interviewed Carlos Raúl Yepes, Bancolombia’s CEO. The bank will not venture outside Central America and the northern tip of South America, but it will continue to look for opportunities in banking and other financial services.
A record-breaking year for M&A deals
Most of the acquired companies were in Brazil, Mexico and Chile. Most of the acquirers were in Brazil, the US and -- surprisingly -- in Colombia. Trends and data drawn from the Latin Business Chronicle 2012 Latin America’s top 100 M&A ranking.
Educating the Children to Succeed
Students with limited access to education in Latin America sometimes fail to develop cognitive skills needed for success. Latin Education Index shows how Guatemala and Haiti lag in this area.
Brazil, the least globalized economy in Latin America
Brazil ranked for the second consecutive year, as the least globalized country in the region. Venezuela and Colombia are also at the bottom of the list. Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras and Chile are the most connected to global trade flows.
Latin America: Peru GDP Winner
Peru and Panama will likely see Latin America's best economic performance this year, while Venezuela will see the worst.
Panama Economy Holding Up
Panama’s economy will be among the fastest-growing in Latin America this year despite the global crisis.
Trade Costs: Panama Best
Costa Rica reduces the time to export and import cargo containers, while Brazil and Colombia boost costs.
Panama's Hotel Boom
Panama is seeing an hotel boom, both in and outside of Panama City, for both business and leisure travelers.
Pass Panama FTA
Questions regarding Panama's labor regulations and status as an offshore financial center are not sufficient to keep the FTA on hold.
Copa: Another Record Year
Panama’s Copa set a new record in 2008 and expects another good year, albeit with challenges in demand.
Panama: Good Outlook
Panama's economy continues to grow, helped by the Canal expansion, construction, tourism and telecommunications.
Latin America Real Estate Outlook
Brazil's real estate market has the best outlook this year, but it will be affected by the growing credit crisis and economic slowdown.
Trade Costs: Panama Best
Panama, the Dominican Republic and Chile have the best overall trade climate, while Venezuela and Haiti have the worst.
Peru Leads GDP Growth
Latin America's GDP will grow higher than the IMF predicts, ECLAC says. Meanwhile poverty has been falling since 1999.
Latin Technology: Best & Worst
Uruguay is challenging Chile as the top technology nation in Latin America. But Cuba remains unchallenged as the worst.
Latin Ports: Balboa Jumps
Panama's Balboa continues its strong growth, but Brazil's Santos is still the top port in Latin America.
Panama FTA: Uncertain Fate
It is unclear when the U.S. Congress will vote on the Panama free trade agreement, but the country continues to boost its trade.
Panama Merchandise Mart Expands
Panama International Merchandise Mart aims to become Latin America's largest, thanks in part to Chinese and Indian companies.
GDP: Panama Best, Mexico Worst
Panama and Peru are the stars of economic growth in Latin America, while Mexico, Ecuador, El Salvador an Venezuela are the top losers.
China: Latin Business Boom
China's trade with, and investments in, Latin America are growing significantly and expected to continue doing so in the future as well.
Will Congress Pass Panama FTA?
Will the US Congress approve the U.S. free trade agreement with Panama despite stumbling blocs? Three experts share their views.
US-Latin America Trade Grows
Brazil replaces Venezuela as second-largest U.S. trade partner in Latin America, while Colombia passes Chile in U.S. trade.
Pirates of the Caribbean
A tale of foreign investors navigating shady rules, a corrupt judicial system, unscrupulous attorneys and an assortment of political games.
Copa Airlines: Strong Outlook
Copa Airlines boosts revenues and profits, but faces several challenges. An in-depth look at one of Latin America's leading aviation stars.
Panama Canal Expansion Underway
Traffic is up as the Panama Canal awards the first construction, financial and legal contracts in its $5.2 billion expansion.
Hutchison No Threat to Panama
Comments about Hutchison Whampoa's presence in the Panama ports is, at best, laughable, and at worst, anti-business scaremongering.
Poverty in Panama
Occasionally, income does not provide a true indication of rich and poor and a quality lifestyle can be defined differently.
Leader of the Year 2006: Martin Torrijos
As a result of strong economic growth and pro-business policies, President Martin Torrijos has been selected by Latin Business Chronicle as Leader of the Year.
Panama: The Shining City
Despite bureaucracy and other challenges, Panama is about to experience the greatest growth period since the original construction of the Panama Canal.
Panama Canal Expansion Overdue
Shipping lines and several U.S. ports support plans to widen the strategic Panama Canal. Some say it may even be overdue thanks to the heavy increase in China-U.S. cargo traffic.
Robert McMillan: Expanding the Panama Canal
There is no doubt that Panama can take on the canal expansion successfully. Hopefully that will mean a totally transparent process for construction contracts and financing, argues Robert R. McMillan.
Latin Real Estate Boom
Latin America's real estate sector is booming, thanks in large part to a growing number of US retirees buying homes. Panama, Mexico and Costa Rica are leading the way, but also Argentina is seeing a boom.
Central America's Vienna Victory
The EU still has to wait for the big prize - a free trade agreement with Mercosur, but in the interim Central America and parts of the Andean Community are ready.
Santos Top Latin Port
Latin America's container ports are growing strongly. Balboa grows most and Buenos Aires sees the worst decline. But Santos is now the top port, dethroning Colon.
Panama Most Globalized
Panama is the most globalized country in Latin America, followed by the Dominican Republic. Argentina is the least-globalized, the Latin American Globalization Index shows.
Colon Top Port
Panama's Colon kept its rank as the busiest container port in Latin America measured by TEU, but Buenos Aires lost its second rank to Santos in Brazil.
Chinese Takeover of Panama Canal?
A Chinese take-over of the strategic Panama Canal is the subject of a new spy novel written by LBC editor and award-winning journalist Joachim Bamrud.
Latin America: To Dollarize or Not?
Latin American countries that dollarize can double their trade with other dollar economies and expand GDP, experts say. But some economists warn that dollarization won't work for all countries in the region.
Latin American VoIP Surge
Phone calls over the Internet are growing in Latin America thanks to steep long-distance rates and growing broadband connections. But new entrants find several challenges.