Following 25 months of uninterrupted contraction, exports of goods from Latin American and the Caribbean are growing again. After shrinking by 3.3% in 2016, cumulative growth between January and June 2017 was 13.2%. Similarly, exports of services, which had already picked up in 2016, grew by 9.7% in the first quarter according to the Trade and Integration Monitor 2017, a recent … [Read more...] about The Challenge of Market Competition in the Digital Era
Technology and Innovation
This isn’t science fiction. In the last few weeks, Brazilian aerospace giant Embraer has signed an agreement with Uber to explore the manufacture of flying taxis between now and 2020. One of the world’s greatest experts on artificial intelligence, Howard Gardner, has claimed that “once one cedes high level decisions to digital creations, or these artificially intelligent … [Read more...] about The future of work in Latin American Integration 4.0
A few years ago, in vitro hamburgers sounded like something out of sci-fi, but they have become a reality and may hit supermarket shelves within five years. Demand for meat has been on the rise for at least 20 years, and population growth and rising incomes are expected to further increase animal protein consumption between now and 2050. These prospects pose environmental and … [Read more...] about New Food 4.0 and Its Impact in Trade
The rapid growth of the internet and other information and communication technologies (ICTs) is changing the way we do business, consume, produce and interact with one another. ICTs are reducing traditional trade barriers like distance and time, allowing businesses and consumers around the globe to connect and trade. This has led to the rapid growth of digital trade, or … [Read more...] about How can we make digital trade more inclusive?
In April, we celebrated the first anniversary of our blog Beyond Borders. Over the course of the year, we published more than 57 articles and the blog received more than 59,000 visits. We hope that this roundup of our most popular articles will motivate you to keep reading and telling us what you think about our posts so that we can make them increasingly relevant and … [Read more...] about Our Most Popular Articles: A Look at Trade in Latin America and the Caribbean