After 27 months of growth, the value of exports from countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) fell by 1.6% in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018. Annual export growth around 8.9%, as was the case in 2018, is now a thing of the past. These findings were revealed in the 2019 edition of the report Trade Trend Estimates: Latin America and the … [Read more...] about What caused the drop in exports from Latin America?
In recent decades, productivity levels have been low in the Andean economies (Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia). One explanation for this is the limited development of the region’s export sector. International trade accounts for just over 20% of the region’s GDP, far less than Asia, Europe, the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), and even … [Read more...] about Exports, the Productivity Engine the Andean Region Needs
If I told you that one of the video games your children play, one of the most acclaimed movies you've seen recently, and one of the most popular mobile digital apps in the world were created or co-created by Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) companies, would you believe it? Well, you better believe it because it is true. Globant, a software development company from … [Read more...] about How Latin American businesses can plug into the digital global economy
No one thinking seriously about Latin America and the Caribbean’s (LAC) engagement with the global economy can deny the importance of trade, investment, and cooperation with Asia. But why is India often overlooked? The possibilities for deeper ties are immense, as detailed in the study LatIndia: the Future of Cooperation between India and Latin America. India is a 1.3 … [Read more...] about India: giant trade possibilities
When you think of the main export destinations for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), the first countries that come to mind are the United States and China. However, there is a big potential for products from LAC in other parts of the world, including the Gulf countries. True, the geographic and cultural distance between these nations and LAC is considerable, but the … [Read more...] about The Gulf: A Big Opportunity for Trade