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.
Labor markets lose appeal
The results of the Latin Business Chronicle Labor Index show a reduction in labor market attractiveness. Guatemala and Honduras hit by wage increases. Brazil and Chile show noteworthy setbacks. Ecuador is the champion on this classification.
The top 30 women in business
Latin Business Chronicle ranks the most influential women in the Latin American business world of 2012. They include chief executives, board members, company advisers, and creators of some of the region’s most important economic trends.
Canada-Peru Trade Boom
Peru replaces Venezuela as third-largest trade partner in Latin America. Overall Canada trade with the region grew as well.
EU Trade With Latin America Sets New Record
Chile replaces Mexico as the second-largest Latin American exporter to the European Union, while Italy replaces the Netherlands as the third-largest EU partner for Latin America.
CAFTA Disputes Grow
Trade and business grows in CAFTA. But so will the number of disputes, experts warn.
Slow Customs Means Lost Capital
Much of the working capital available to Latin American companies lies dormant in sluggish supply chains and customs cargo warehouses.
CAFTA 2007: Good Outlook
CAFTA faces 2007 with the likely implementation in two more countries and the start of free trade talks with the European Union.
Central American Tourism Boom
Latin America is setting a new record in international arrivals, led by Central America. But major markets like Mexico, Brazil and Argentina are also seeing healthy growth.
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.
Remittances to Latin America set a new record last year. Mexico is the top recipient in total value, while Honduras is the top recipient as measured in percent of GDP. But future remittances may be threatened by US immigration reforms and proposed taxes by several US states.
EU-Latin Trade Up
The European Union posted strong trade growth with Latin America last year, led by Venezuela and Mexico. But future EU relations with the region will depend on expanding free trade agreements.
Jerry Haar: Can DR-CAFTA Compete?
DR-CAFTA countries have several advantages, including close proximity to the region’s major export market and relatively inexpensive labor. But challenges include weak public structures and low access to capital.
CAFTA: Positive Outlook
As the U.S. Congress approves CAFTA, U.S. trade with the pact's countries - already up - is expected to increase substantially. Likewise, the CAFTAeconomies should expand as a result.