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.
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.
El Salvador: Latin Star
An open business environment and little corruption have made El Salvador one of Latin America's most attractive places for business.
El Salvador: No Radical Mandate
The FMLN wins the presidency in El Salvador, but it's no mandate for revolutionary change such as populism and confiscations.
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.
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 Economic Outlook 2006
Latin America's inflation will fall to its lowest rate in more than 25 years, while the region is set to reach its fourth consecutive year of economic growth. Chile will grow most, El Salvador the least.