Has regional integration been affected in any way by the setbacks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic? This is one of the questions that inspired “The Voice of Latin America. Opinions on Regional Integration and Trade in Latin America” (Spanish), a new study according to which 71% of Latin Americans support regional integration, a figure on par with the results for 2018. The … [Read more...] about How Has the Pandemic Impacted Latin Americans’ Views on Regional Integration?
Can online platforms encourage women-owned firms in international trade? In the case of ConnectAmericas, yes
Can online platforms expand female-owned firms’ trade opportunities? Based on research using data from a business site in Latin America and the Caribbean, the answer is yes. This finding is important for the promotion of gender equality, one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and for the policymakers, practitioners, and researchers who are increasingly interested … [Read more...] about Can online platforms encourage women-owned firms in international trade? In the case of ConnectAmericas, yes
The Private Sector as an Agent of Change: Lessons from our Historic Coalition
One year ago, we launched the Private Sector Partners Coalition for the Future of Latin America and the Caribbean, a historic alliance of leading private companies. The Coalition represented the Bank's ambitious approach to tackle an expansive new work model for partnering with the international private sector to advance development goals. It demonstrated our conviction that … [Read more...] about The Private Sector as an Agent of Change: Lessons from our Historic Coalition
A Year and a Half into the Pandemic: How Did Cross-Border E-Commerce Evolve?
Cross-border e-commerce initially contracted in Uruguay because of the pandemic but started to show a pronounced recovery in mid-2020. Data on all credit and debit card purchases made abroad in the framework of the country’s franchise regime revealed that it decreased significantly between January and May 2020. The aggregate annualized value of these purchases from Uruguay … [Read more...] about A Year and a Half into the Pandemic: How Did Cross-Border E-Commerce Evolve?
Promoting international telemedicine in Latin America
Francesc Saigí,[i] Imma Alberch,[ii] and Juan Blyde[iii] Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of new telemedicine services to improve people’s health. Likewise, social distancing measures, the lack of experts, and the large extensions of countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) drove the adoption of international … [Read more...] about Promoting international telemedicine in Latin America