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Latin Infrastructure Guide 2014

Latin Business Chronicle compiles information on two dozen projects open for bidding, that are worth $36 billion.

Addressing Latin America’s Gender Inequality through Business: WEConnect

LBC sat down with WEConnect’s Elizabeth Vazquez to discuss how the organization works, and why supporting women-owned small business is important – and good for business.

“Brazil is not for beginners”

Brazil’s former Secretary of Foreign Trade WelberBarral talks about how his country makes doing business a challenge.

Bachelet at 100 Days: Has she delivered?

Bachelet will mark 100 days in office on Thursday. Has she delivered the promises of her campaign?

Could Argentina be heading for a second fault?

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear Argentina’s appeal in its battle with holdout credits. Is the country headed for a second default?

Give peace a chance: Colombians head to the polls

Colombia’s election on Sunday will determine how and whether the peace process with the FARC moves forward.

Mexican PPPs: A Model for Latin America?  

A recently passed investment law for PPPs in Mexico should drive the infrastructure sector, and help it grow the country's economy.

Is slow growth Latin America’s new normal?

World Bank economist Augusto de la Torre warns it might be, but that the region has built a “better immune system” to absorb international shocks.

Could sanctions on Venezuela hurt U.S. business?

The U.S. House of Representatives passed sanctions against the government of Venezuela. LBC explores how it would affect business in the United States.

“Capital will be scarce in the coming years”

Majorchanges are coming to the banking industry, said Roberto Setubal, CEO of ItaúUnibanco, the largest bank in the Southern hemisphere. He shared with Latin Trade his view of a world with costlier capital and with no advantages to being a global bank.

A tale of two BRICS

While the economics may no longer be strong, the BRICS are increasingly a powerful force in international relations.

How Does Latin America Manage Quality Improvement?

ASQ looks at quality improvement in Brazil and Mexico and shares its insights.

Panamanian Election: A Referendum on Martinelli

Citizens of the region’s fastest growing economy will elect their next president in Sunday in an election that has largely been read as a referendum on the current leader.

How Safe are Mexico's Border Cities for Business Travelers?

Cities along the nation's U.S. border have become markedly safer during the past couple of years, but the recent arrest of a drug lord could precipitate more violence.

Amid Regional Declines, Mexican CFOs Remain Optimistic

A year ago Latin American CFOs were the most optimistic in the world, but that positivity has been tempered, says John Graham of Duke University.

Calm seas for shippers in Latin America?

Maersk CEO Robbert Jan van Trooijen tells LBC what to expect from shipping this year.

Venezuela: One year after Maduro, what’s next?

NicolásMaduro was elected to the presidency one year ago. How do we take stock of his one-year, and what’s next?

Brazil: “A natural partner for the United States”

LBC spoke with U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Liliana Ayalde about U.S.-Brazilian relationsand opportunities for business.

Fedex HealthCare Solutions, a hot debate requires a cold chain solution

As extreme temperature conditions become a logistic challenge, FedEx HealthCare Solutions apply science and innovation to its transportation processes

Sustainable cities in Latin America, a challenge or an opportunity?

Can sensible planning and better governance keep Latin American cities from falling through the cracks of social inclusion?

Protecting reputation in international supply chains

Risks in international trade and supply chains can be managed through careful planning and vetting, say experts.

Business Implications of El Salvador and Costa Rica Votes

LBC looks at what to expect in the two countries after recent elections.

The Keys to Latin American Growth

A panel of experts agree female empowerment, entrepreneurship, and physical activity are the key factors in promoting growth

After strong 2013 growth, SAP places bets on 2014

Sales of cloud technology saw triple-digit growth

Samsung offers B2B solutions for the modern enterprise

LBC spoke with Samsung Latin America’s Marcelo Zuccas about opportunities in B2B

Samsung unveils new product line for Latin America

The Korean company presented its new line at their Samsung Latin Forum this month

Colombia: a new frontier for private equity

Despite challenges of financing and scale, the Andean country provides opportunities for investment.

2014 Corporate Outlook

LBC provides the profit and revenue forecasts of 50 large Latin American companies.

Olam International: a decade of maximizing Latin America’s potential

Trust, cultural understanding and investment in local communities are the strategic factorsAsian businesses to succeed in Latin America

FedEx Ship Manager Lite, an easy shipping solution for SMEs in Latin America

Shipments can now be easily processed in Latin America and the Caribbean through a user-friendly online tool from FedEx Express

What’s in store for Paraguay in 2014?

An interview with Gustavo Leite, Paraguay’s Minister for Industry and Commerce

Costa Rica and El Salvador elections head to run-off

Both countries are involved in tight elections, and will most likely go to a run-off, say analysts.

Small companies in Latin America: a lack of innovation

How Miami is becoming a hub for innovation.

LBC 2014 Outlook: All Eyes on Mexico and Brazil

Read LBC’s predictions on what will happen in the region this year.

CEMEX-Neoris: a partnership in innovation and efficiency

The Mexican IT giant helped the global cement company centralize systems, giving them more effective and efficient operations.

SAP: Latin America is an exciting an innovative market

CFO for SAP Americas Peter David talks with LBC about the opportunities in the region.

Powerful Lessons from the Mexican Government’s Shift to Electronic Payments

The government saves $1.27 billion a year by using new technology.

BBVA Optimistic for Latin America in 2014

The bank sees growth in consumer credit and energy reforms as bright spots.

Bachelet: Chile’sPresident Again

In her second term the president has promised better quality public services.

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China, Russia, India, and the Venezuelan Petroleum Industry

PDVSA is increasingly beholden to foreign oil companies to keep up production. Is it sustainable?

Sakura Tech invests in its Latin Future

Singapore’s Sakura Tech has seen the potential of Latin America. It opened its first manufacturing plant in Brazil.

Center for Livable Cities: stronger and sustainable cities for better trade relations

The success of Asian-Latin American trade depends on its ability to maximize competitive synergies.

Honduras elects new president

The new leader will have to tackle the world’s highest murder rate, but should restore fiscal discipline.

Peru’s agricultural boom

Agricultural exports have grown eightfold in the past decade.

Grupo Kaybee: pioneers of Latin trade

Education and infrastructure are the keys to boosting economic and trade relations between Asia and Latin America

Venezuela on the brink

The country’s political and economic systems are facing increasing challenges.

Managing a complex region while maintaining quality

Starbucks CFO for Latin America and the Caribbean Carlos Mario Estefan highlights the importance of relationships in doing business.

Back to Bachelet?

How will Bachelet's second presidency differ from her first?

Guatemala shines in Ease of Doing Business

The country jumped 14 places over last year and is one of the top 5 most improved economies.

Olam International: a decade of maximizing Latin America’s potential

Trust, cultural understanding and investment in local communities are the strategic factorsfor Asian businesses to succeed in Latin America.

Latin America’s new trade routes

Increasingly, cross border commerce is being facilitated through the internet.

Chilean protests demand better quality of life

Union and student groups demand changes to the minimum wage, pensions, and education policy.

Latin America could supply 100% of its power from renewable sources

The region has a “fantastic endowment” for renewable energy, but regulatory and policy barriers impede its implementation.

Spotlight on Guatemala at Investment Summit

234 investors from 26 countries arrived in Guatemala City in May to learn about the country’s potential.

Global CFO Survey: Latin American CFOs are world’s most optimistic

CFOs from LatAm also value CSR more than the global average

The Pacific Alliance: The start of something great

Enthusiasm surrounded the formation of the Cali summit, but short-term benefits may not be much.

Innovation, the Porsche way

How does the icon in sports car design and engineering manage its innovation process. Lessons to be learned from one of the world´s best. Interview with Matthias Brück, CEO for Porsche Latin America.

2013 Revenue Forecast for the Top Companies in Latin America

While firms in industries related to massive consumption and commodities will generally have a favorable performance, those in activities, such as telecoms and oil production will probably underperform. Important downside risks to our projections prevail.

“We will capitalize the Central Bank if necessary”

Peru will have a stronger stance against currency appreciation. FDI will increase by 25 percent this year to reach $14 billion. Exclusive interview with Peruvian Minister of Finance, Luis Fernando Castilla.

Maersk opens dedicated Americas-specific line

SeaLand will better address customers’ needs in north-south trade

NAFTA at 20: a Discussion with Canada, Mexico, and the United States

LBC talked with top officials from the three NAFTA countries on what the trade agreement has achieved in 20 years, and what could be done to make it stronger.

Discussions with our Top Businesswomen

LBC spoke with eight of our Top Businesswomen on what advice they would give women in the workplace, and what they wish they had known starting out.

Latin America: instability at home and abroad

While the Ukraine crisis has made headlines around the world in the past weeks, instability in Venezuela and Argentina also has an impact on Latin America’s economies – starting with Brazil.

Angélica Fuentes: Empowering Women is Key to Sustainable Growth

Speaking with LBC at the Clinton Global Initiative in Rio de Janeiro, the CEO of Omnilife discusses her efforts to improve women’s well-being in Latin America.

Samsung unveils new product line for Latin America

The Korean company presented its new line at their Samsung Latin Forum this month

Latin American Cities Must Learn to Access Global Financing

Helping cities to finance infrastructure is a major challenge

Measuring social impact, a necessary approach in philanthropy

Traditionally, donors had limited information to make difficult giving decisions. New trends in the way social cause organizations measure their impact is now helping donors get more “bang for the buck.”

Andbank’s international push

Andorra’s oldest private bank is undertaking an international expansion aimed at the United States and Latin America.

What are Brazilians buying this year?

Find out what consumers in Latin America’s largest consumer market will be buying this year.

Steering the course for Odebrecht: Marcela Drehmer’s steady hand

LBC spoke with Odebrecht CFO Marcela Drehmer at Latin Trade’s CFO Event in São Paulo.

What will be the challenges for a CFO in the next decade?

AkzoNobel’sRogerioMenezes weighs in on how he sees a CFO’s role evolving.

New resources for SMEs in the hemisphere

Learn more about Latin Trade Group’s Connect Americas event, to be held in September with the IDB.

Technisys: offering clients multi-channel banking experience

MultilatinaTechnisys is making waves among the region’s financial institutions

Spain’s law firms go it alone in Latin America

Spain’s largest law firm broke its ties with a local firm to go solo in the region. The other law firms are following suit. What are their strategies?

A Milestone Year for Latin America Private Equity

Private equity and venture capital continues to boom in Latin America, with 2013 a record year in many countries.

Environment vs. Economy: the Hydropower Debate in Latin America

Hydropower has been the traditional route for clean power generation in Latin America, but environmental concerns have given rise to public opposition.

What Foreign Contractors Should Know About Working in Latin America

Infrastructure development in Latin America provides exciting opportunities – but what risks should potential builders be aware of?

Mitigating Corruption Risk: How can business protect itself?

Doing business in Latin America exposes multi-national companies so significant risk of corruption. What steps can businesses take to protect themselves?

Can Mexico Keep up the Tide of Reform?

LBC spoke with CEO of Bancomext, Enrique de la Madrid Cordero about Mexico’s economy, reforms, and aspirations.

How SMEs can benefit from foreign direct investment

What benefits do FDI offer Latin America’s SMEs?

Techtrends: The e-commerce explosion

Online retailers and old-fashioned storefronts turn to easy-to-use platforms, mobile apps and cross-border trade to compete for swelling e-commerce sales.

Women, business and the law:  how do legal restrictions affect women in business?

A new report by the World Bank presents key findings in legislation that continues to restrict women’s economic opportunities in 143 countries.

Multilatina Index: LATAM Airlines climbs 33 percent

The new merger between LAN and TAM saw its 2013 revenues grow 33 percent – though they were down for the quarter.

MNC Index: Millicom leads for growth

The Swedish telecoms giant led growth in Latin America this quarter and in 2013.

Techtrends: The e-commerce explosion

Online retailers and old-fashioned storefronts turn to easy-to-use platforms, mobile apps and cross-border trade to compete for swelling e-commerce sales.

Growing risk of legal abuses in Latin America

A recent report from the US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform warns of a growing risk of litigation in Latin America.

El desafío de productividad de América Latina

El último informe de competitividad de WEF destaca la estabilidad macroeconómica de la región, pero menciona la productividad como un desafío que permanece.

Cartes: One Year Later

While the president has done much to improve the investment climate, much remains to be done.

The Top 10 Growth Markets In Latin America

What are the hottest products selling in Latin America?

Tech and traditional, global and national – how Coca-Cola finds the perfect combination in LatAm

Selman Careaga, VP Marketing for Coca Cola Mexico discusses the company’s marketing strategy in Latin America.

Infrastructure in Brazil: How Brazil’s BNDES Used Project Finance to Fund the 2014 FIFA World Cup

S&P evaluates how the Brazil is innovating project finance to fund its mega-projects.

Argentina 2015:Political changes and infrastructure to build

Politicians from the governing party and opposition shared their views on the future of the country at an AS/COA conference in Buenos Aires.

Colombia’s Juan Váldez begins push to U.S. market

In the same week that Starbucks opened in Colombia, Juan Váldez began operations in Miami.

Millicom: from mobile provider to digital lifestyle company

LBC spoke with Millicom’s Martin Lewerth, Executive Vice President for Home and Digital Media about the company’s transition into providing new services.

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