The COVID-19 pandemic is bringing back the ghost of a food security crisis, similar to the one that swept the world more than a decade ago. One concern is that protectionism magnifies the negative economic effects of the confinement measures implemented to rein in the coronavirus. Although these concerns seem overstated, the agriculture sector in Latin America and the Caribbean … [Read more...] about How trade policy can help avoid a food security crisis under COVID-19?
As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps through the region, hemisphere business leaders grouped in the Americas Business Dialogue (ABD) are working in coordination to bring private sector resources and capabilities to governments to tackle the health and economic emergency. Among the responses put forth by ABD – an initiative led by the private sector and facilitated by the … [Read more...] about Recommendations from the Americas Business Dialogue on tackling COVID-19
Just as the COVID-19 pandemic has no borders, neither must the solutions to address its health and economic consequences. Deepening regional integration in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is an essential part of creating collective policies to respond to the direct and indirect impacts of the emergency. Regional integration is not an end but rather a strategic … [Read more...] about Deeper integration of Latin America, essential against COVID-19
One of the problems associated with pandemics, like COVID-19, is that as individuals rush to hospitals, the national health care system can get overloaded beyond its capacity to treat people. A potential way to reduce the strain on the system is through telemedicine, the delivery of health care services from one site to another via electronic communications, often through a … [Read more...] about Pandemics: the time has come for Latin America to export telemedicine services
Today, more than ever, countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) need to act together in their trade policy decisions to stock up the goods and supplies they need to address the health crisis caused by COVID-19 and exit the generalized quarantine. Epidemiological models in Europe and the United States, as well as recent experiences of countries that have moved to a … [Read more...] about Trade policy, key to get out of quarantine and face COVID-19