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LatAm Wind Power on Track to Double Capacity in Next Four Years
What Now for Venezuela and its Oil Sector?
Venezuela

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After the recent election results in Venezuela securing another six years of the same government, one important question is, what happens to the failing oil sector in the country? Can we expect a new direction, or more of the same? Read the report to find out.

Mining in Chile: Back to the Future
Chile

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Higher copper prices and a new political outlook have brought optimism back to Chile's mining sector. This report outlines the new government's take on supporting investment and the country's growing project pipeline, as well as the main challenges to development.

Will Currency Crisis Derail Argentina's Ambitious Infrastructure Program?
LatAm M&A Slows in Year of Political Uncertainity
Argentina,Brazil,...

LatAm M&A Slows in Year of Political Uncertainity

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Mergers and acquisitions slowed during the first four months of the year in Latin America, suggesting uncertainty generated by the upcoming presidential elections in Mexico and Brazil. Read this report to get to the heart of what is happening in M&A in the region.

When ICT Bridges the Gap between Doctors and Patients

When ICT Bridges the Gap between Doctors and Patients

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Tech vendor Infor notes that healthcare is becoming a consumer industry, with more and more options for patients, and service providers are turning increasingly to technology solutions to stand out from the crowd. While this may apply more to private sector health organizations, governments too see ICT as a major part of the solution to issues such as staff and equipment shortages, not to mention dealing with national crises such as epidemics. In this report BNamericas compares some of the major e-health programs in Latin America and asks vendors about forthcoming trends.

Iron Ore in Latin America: Projects Making a Cautious Comeback
Brazil,Chile,...

Iron Ore in Latin America: Projects Making a Cautious Comeback

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Iron ore prices are somewhat more stable after the commodities down cycle, though they have not recovered as well as other base metals. Still, some Brazilian and Peruvian projects have been recently reactivated and are set to keep Latin American production on the rise, though many still face challenges.

Metro Projects on the Rise Throughout Latin America
Regional

Metro Projects on the Rise Throughout Latin America

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There are about twenty major metro projects in Latin America, from Santo Domingo and San José in the north to Santiago in the south. These initiatives alone are worth US$30 billion. Read this report to understand the state of these massive infrastructure projects, how they are being developed and financed, and what to expect in the coming years.

Banking in Brazil: Economic Growth Underpins Healthier Outlook
Brazil

Banking in Brazil: Economic Growth Underpins Healthier Outlook

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Brazil's loan portfolio will sees its first expansion this year since 2014 as the country continues to rebound from the disastrous downturn of 2015 and 2016. The improvement of the labor market, a sharp decline in inflation and interest rates, and lower levels of household debt all bode well for the financial system. Read this report for more.

LNG in LatAm Gains Importance as Domestic Production Stagnates
ICT Island-hopping: How the Caribbean is Harmonizing Tech Readiness

ICT Island-hopping: How the Caribbean is Harmonizing Tech Readiness

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The presence of two large operator groups in the Caribbean, Digicel and Liberty Latin America, means more and more markets are being served by firms that can draw on technology and knowhow attained elsewhere. This is good news in a sub-region with so many varied and dispersed markets. But the task of bringing all markets in line is immense, and any extra help is welcome. Industry associations CANTO and the CTU have stepped up to the mark to guide this harmonization process, often in partnership with multilateral financing groups like the IDB and the World Bank.

The Electric Power Sector in Macri's Argentina
Argentina

The Electric Power Sector in Macri's Argentina

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This report examines Argentine president Mauricio Macri's most important energy reforms, their impact on the electric power sector so far, and the challenges that lie ahead amid the broader reopening of the economy.

Designing Resilient Infrastructure in Latin America
Chile

Designing Resilient Infrastructure in Latin America

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Natural disasters and climate change put pressure on budgets in infrastructure development. This report explores the cost of natural disasters on basic infrastructure in Latin America, and underlines what countries and companies are doing and should do to develop resilient infrastructure.

Brazil's Pre-Salt Comes of Age
Brazil

Brazil's Pre-Salt Comes of Age

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Brazil's deepsea pre-salt area, along with Argentina's Vaca Muerta, is the most talked about oil and gas deposit in Latin America. This report explores a new series of pre-salt oil rounds in Brazil, along with regulatory changes in its oil industry, and assesses both the challenges and risks to the deepsea oil region.

Zinc in Latin America: Strong Prices Driving New Wave of Projects
Bolivia,Brazil,...

Zinc in Latin America: Strong Prices Driving New Wave of Projects

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Zinc prices have finally rebounded after a long downturn, surging 38% in 2017 to their highest annual average in a decade. The turnaround is driving investment in zinc projects in Latin America, with stalled greenfields being reactivated and a growing junior interest in primary zinc.

The Future of Hydropower in Latin America
The LatAm Startup Ecosystem: Much More than Slick Pitches

The LatAm Startup Ecosystem: Much More than Slick Pitches

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In recent months there has been an uptick in Latin American startup acceleration programs launched by corporations from verticals outside the tech world. These include Mexican cement producer Cemex, insurance firm Sura, metals producer Nexa Resources and Brazilian conglomerate Andrade Gutierrez. Rather than implying competition with the traditional tech-focused accelerators like Y-Combinator or 500 Startups, this development demonstrates how the startup community is truly becoming an ecosystem, offering even more scope for partnerships between finance providers, mentor groups and firms from specific verticals. Latin America's economic turbulence in recent years has not been a deterrent, and investors from outside the region have no qualms about participating in this ecosystem.

Banking in Peru: Recovery Underway, but Politics Raise Doubts
Peru

Banking in Peru: Recovery Underway, but Politics Raise Doubts

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The performance of the Peruvian banking system has moved in line with economic growth. The loan portfolio is recovering part of the pace lost in the last two years and profitability levels at the main banks remain healthy. However, political instability raises questions about the sustainability of the ongoing economic recovery. Read this report to understand the Peruvian banking system in the context of the political crisis.

Oil and Gas in Argentina: Production Slowing, but Investment in Vaca Muerta Up
Colombia Makes Renewables Push
Colombia

Colombia Makes Renewables Push

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Colombia is looking to diversify its hydro-centric matrix. Read this report to learn about all the many changes in the Colombian energy system, and what to look for in the years ahead.