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
High value-added foreign direct investment (FDI) creates foreign exchange and increases productivity, employment, exports, and linkages with local companies while encouraging knowledge and technology transfers. FDI is particularly important in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), as it is the region’s primary source of external financing, outstripping both international … [Read more...] about How Can Latin America Attract Foreign Investment in Times of COVID-19
The coronavirus crisis has shone a spotlight on how challenging it is for countries to protect the health of the population. To contain the pandemic, governments have taken unprecedented measures such as closing borders or shutting off large areas of their territories. These measures can cause major disruptions to global supply chains and transportation systems. According to … [Read more...] about How Customs can protect us from the coronavirus
The COVID-19 pandemic is the most challenging global crisis since the postwar, for its public health dimension as well as its economic consequences. International trade is one of the channels of contagion of the economic crisis that will strongly affect Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). This begs several questions. Why is this crisis different? What are the channels of … [Read more...] about How exposed is Latin America to the trade effects of COVID-19?