During the 1960s, the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean opted for an economic development strategy based on trade protection. At its core, import substitution sought to protect local industries from foreign competition. Although the region’s economies grew significantly, this growth laid the foundations for the 1980 debt crisis, which was compounded by a series of … [Read more...] about Trade Liberalization and Diversification, key for Central America
The international game of hopscotch Policymakers worldwide try to boost economic growth and investment, including by attracting foreign direct investment (FDI). For this purpose, they revise investment laws, reduce administrative burdens, propose new investment incentives schemes, and create and reinvent the agencies charged with promoting and facilitating investment – … [Read more...] about How to create effective investment promotion agencies?
The IDB recently published, in partnership with the Export–Import Bank of India (Exim Bank), a study on trade opportunities between Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and India. The report yielded results that are highly promising for countries and companies in both subcontinents. Bilateral trade between the two regions has increased twenty-fold in as many years, going … [Read more...] about Six Ways to Boost Trade between Latin America and India
Over the last 20 years, Korea has become one of Latin America and the Caribbean’s (LAC) most dynamic trade partners. Bilateral trade quadrupled, reaching US$43 billion in 2018, and foreign direct investment from Korea in LAC has both increased and diversified. Korea is the Asian economy with the largest network of free trade agreements with LAC countries, with a total of … [Read more...] about Boosting trade cooperation with Korea
When Esteban Torres and Enrique Santacruz started Fiweex in Asunción, Paraguay, in 2015, they knew that at some point they would have to offer their services in other countries if they wanted the company to grow and be profitable. That’s exactly what happened. The startup, which enables consumers to connect to WiFi in shops, hotels, and restaurants without the need of a … [Read more...] about Born global companies take center stage