When you think about trade policy in Brazil, the first question that comes to mind is “Why is the country taking so long to open up its economy? Why it such a laggard?” After all, Brazil still has one of the highest import tariffs in the world, very few trade agreements to speak off, and its trade liberalization—one of the last to take off in the region (if not in the … [Read more...] about Brazil: Why Is Opening Up So Hard to Do?
How a Brazilian company conquered an international value chain
Daterra is a Brazilian coffee producer with a business model that includes a large-scale production with socio-environmental responsibility. Daterra took advantage of the arrival in Brazil of Illy caffè, an international reference in terms of quality, to partner in research, improve the quality of its grain and enter the international production chain of the Italian company. It … [Read more...] about How a Brazilian company conquered an international value chain
Innovation and export diversification: how to renew the regional agenda with China
In 1976, each Chinese citizen was earning US$ 160 a year on average. Forty years later the same annual income is US$ 4,000: it multiplied itself by 25. The question for Latin America is immediate: how did they do it? Other remarkable details of China's development: migration from the countryside to cities led to build 100 cities with capacity to accommodate at least one million … [Read more...] about Innovation and export diversification: how to renew the regional agenda with China
How can we understand the complexity of trade data?
These days, the amount of data available about anything, anywhere, is growing much faster than our ability to process and really understand it. This is true in many fields, but especially in matters of international trade. Statistics on trade flows are available in over 5,000 product categories for all countries, and even more detail for many. Tariff rates, non-tariff barriers … [Read more...] about How can we understand the complexity of trade data?
Could connectivity become an engine of development in South America?
We are now more connected than ever. Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and other apps are part of our daily lives. They allow us to share experiences, move closer to each other, and keep us informed. Nonetheless, there is also a connection that is not from a virtual world but it is instead from a physical reality. This is the connectivity that brings countries together through … [Read more...] about Could connectivity become an engine of development in South America?