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MAR

2017

Natural Gas Generation in Latin America

APR

2017

Country Overview: Argentina

Argentina

MAY

2017

Transmission in Latin America

MAR

2017

Country Overview: Argentina

Argentina

APR

2017

Copper in Latin America

Regional

APR

2017

Country Overview: Peru

Peru

MAY

2017

Country Overview: Peru

Peru

MAY

2017

Copper in Latin America

Regional

JUN

2017

Country Overview: Mexico

Mexico

JUN

2017

Country Overview: Mexico

Mexico

JUL

2017

Country Overview: Colombia

Colombia

AUG

2017

Junior Mining Exploration

Regional

SEP

2017

Country Overview: Brazil

Brazil

OCT

2017

Country Overview: Chile

Chile

NOV

2017

Mining Outlook 2018

Regional

MAR

2017

Country overview: Argentina

Argentina

APR

2017

Country overview: Brazil

Brazil

MAY

2017

Latin America TV Segment

JUN

2017

Mexico overview

Mexico

JUL

2017

Chile overview

Chile

AUG

2017

Cloud Services

SEP

2017

Colombia overview

Colombia

MAR

2017

Country Overview: Argentina

Argentina

APR

2017

Corporate Governance

MAY

2017

Bond Markets in Latin America

JUN

2017

Country Overview: Brazil

Brazil

MAR

2017

Metros in Latin America

APR

2017

Country Overview: Brazil

Brazil

MAY

2017

Country Overview: Argentina

Argentina

JUN

2017

Country Overview: Mexico

Mexico

MAR

2017

Country Overview: Venezuela

Venezuela

APR

2017

Pipeline Projects in Latin America

MAY

2017

Country Overview: Brazil

Brazil

JUN

2017

Country Overview: Argentina

Argentina

Gold Mining in Latin America: Time to Return to Growth?
Argentina,Brazil,...

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Global gold mine production is falling from a lack of investment in recent years as operators turned their focus to cost containment and away from growth. Despite seven new mines starting up in Latin America last year, the region is contributing to the decline, and the near-term pipeline is slim. Miners have been hard at work optimizing projects and reducing debt. With a spike in gold prices in 2016, some have begun to make investment decisions that indicate confidence. Could now be the time to return to growth?

Water in Latin America: Scarcity in the Face of Abundance
Regional

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Latin America accounts for almost one third of the world's freshwater resources. Despite this abundance, 34 million Latin Americans still do not have access to piped potable water and 106 million do not have basic sanitation services. In order to contain the inherent risks in the water sector at an acceptable level and to ensure the universalization of drinking water and basic sanitation services, Latin American governments need to accelerate investments in large water infrastructure projects. Read this report to find out what is being done to address the shortfall.

Wind Power Keeps Growing in LatAm despite Economic Woes
Argentina,Brazil,...

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The wind industry has only just recently started to take off in Latin America, a relatively late adopter of the technology. Around 85% of its wind capacity was built after 2011, and there remains ample untapped potential in most countries that have already built wind farms, while exciting new markets are emerging elsewhere in the region. This report will examine the challenges and opportunities for wind power in Latin America, as well as the major trends affecting the development of this energy source.

An Update on the Argentine Shale Gas Story
Argentina

An Update on the Argentine Shale Gas Story

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BNamericas has been tracking the shale story in Argentina for a number of years, but the question remains, can the country replicate the success of unconventionals seen in the US? This report looks particularly at the state of natural gas in Argentina, the country's most important fuel and where the government has placed most emphasis. Read the report to find out the latest on the Argentine shale gas story.

New Insurance Lines in Latin America
Regional

New Insurance Lines in Latin America

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Facing an environment of greater competition and new demands, insurers are launching innovative products in niche markets with high growth potential. Products such as insurance against the risk of cyberattacks, new coverage for renewable energy projects, merger and acquisition insurance, and low-cost policies for cars up to 25 years old are expanding in Latin America. In this report we describe these new lines of insurance and analyze their growth prospects in the short and medium term.

In Search of the MVNO Magic Formula
Regional

In Search of the MVNO Magic Formula

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Mid-2016 mobile broadband advisory group 5G Americas spoke of a wave of activity occurring in the MVNO space in Latin America, led by Mexico. It is admittedly a relatively minor wave, since there is little to report from Brazil and Argentina - countries that passed MVNO-specific legislation several years ago and were expected to lead the charge. Nevertheless, in both countries the few licensed MVNOs that are operating do feature in the sector authorities' regular updates, ensuring that no-one loses sight of the model's potential. There are also unexpected developments, like Vodafone targeting Chile and Virgin launching in Ecuador, that could serve to rekindle interest in the model in countries that have yet to dive in with both feet. This report highlights the different evolutionary paths the concept has taken in the Latin American markets where MVNOs have taken hold, and considers whether some of those twists could arise elsewhere in the region.

Mining in Ecuador: A New Dawn
Ecuador

Mining in Ecuador: A New Dawn

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Ecuador is on a serious quest to make its mining framework competitive and win back investor confidence after previous reforms created an unfavorable tax regime and significant uncertainty. Today, two mines are under construction, including what will be the country's first large-scale mine, and a third, the emblematic Fruta del Norte, is set to break ground in 2017. Upcoming presidential elections could bring some changes, but miners are hopeful in the country's growing understanding that mining could become a critical element of the economy.

Can Renewables Gain a Foothold in Colombia's Power Sector?
Colombia

Can Renewables Gain a Foothold in Colombia's Power Sector?

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This report provides an overview of the Colombian power sector and examines the main issues it faces at the start of a new year, including the promotion of alternatives electricity sources, changes to the market model, the expansion of the transmission and distribution (T&D) network, and the supply of natural gas for thermoelectric generators.

Colombia Halts Oil Decline, but Challenges Persist
Colombia

Colombia Halts Oil Decline, but Challenges Persist

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Read this report to find out about the state of the hydrocarbons industry in Colombia, and what to expect for 2017 and beyond. The report also studies the country's offshore potential and analyzes the progress and setbacks of transportation and refining infrastructure in recent years. It also looks at how imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) is helping to meet increased energy demand.

New Airports, Expansions Abound in the Face of Growing Air Traffic
Regional

New Airports, Expansions Abound in the Face of Growing Air Traffic

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Between 2005 and 2015, many of the largest airports in Latin America achieved double-digit passenger growth rates. According to the latest projections of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Latin America will see annual growth of 3.8% in passenger numbers until 2035. This report looks at the state of airports in the region, given this growth, and outlines the projects planned, how they are being financed, and what challenges remain.

Data Analytics: New Tools, New Horizons
Regional

Data Analytics: New Tools, New Horizons

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ICT research firms like Gartner point out that tools for analyzing big data have been a top priority among CIOs for many years, and yet news articles and blog entries still talk of this area as an incipient concern. This is possibly because there is now more of a sense of urgency, tied to the popular theme of 'digital transformation', which companies in just about any industry must now consider in order to remain competitive. In this report BNamericas highlights the sectors that are at the forefront in adoption of the latest analytics tools, including concrete examples of the benefits they have reported as a result of pursuing this line of development.

The Impact of President Trump on the Mexican Economy
Mexico

The Impact of President Trump on the Mexican Economy

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The moment has arrived. US President Donald Trump spoke extensively during his campaign about policy that could potentially have devastating effects on Mexico. But what might these policies be, and how will they impact Mexico? This report seeks to shed light on the matter.

Banking Survey 2017
Regional

Banking Survey 2017

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While optimism remains far from the levels seen in the years leading to 2014, expectations in Latin America's financial sector for 2017 are better than in the past two years. That is the main conclusion of BNamericas' financial services survey of executives and industry experts across the region. Read the report to find out where the experts think banking is headed in Latin America in 2017.

Oil & Gas Survey 2017
Regional

Oil & Gas Survey 2017

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This year's Oil & Gas Survey is clear evidence that 2017 is expected to see a change in fortunes for companies in the sector. Prices should rise slightly along with spending, and many companies are now in better position after two years of efficiency gains. The respondents offered their views on everything from availability of financing to risks to operating in Latin America. Read the report to find out what 2017 will look like in oil and gas in the region from the perspective of experts.

Electric Power Survey 2017
Argentina,Bolivia,...

Electric Power Survey 2017

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Early in 2016, droughts pummeled Latin America's hydro-dependent grids. Political and economic crises then came to a head in two of the region's largest countries. The growth of electricity demand has also stagnated across much of the region due to the current economic deceleration. On the other hand, new energy sources, especially wind and solar power, have continued to gain traction in local electricity sectors, as has the historic opening of the region's second largest power market in Mexico. Large power infrastructure projects are also due to come online over the next few years. With all this in mind, BNamericas reached out to its clients and contacts for the 2017 Electric Power Survey, intended to gauge the regional industry's current concerns and get a sense of its expectations for the new year and beyond.

Infrastructure Survey 2017
Regional

Infrastructure Survey 2017

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Our annual Infrastructure Survey offers a picture of the state of the sector and expectations for 2017. It reveals the best investment destinations, the obstacles facing the sector, financing hurdles, and more. Survey participants were from construction companies, engineering firms, government institutions, NGOs and technology solutions companies.

Mining Survey 2017
Argentina,Bolivia,...

Mining Survey 2017

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With a more optimistic outlook for metal prices, financing and spending, respondents to BNamericas' 2017 Mining Survey have sent a clear message: the industry has finally touched bottom. There is still a great deal of uncertainty about 2017, but faith seems to be growing that, while the bottom might extend for several more months, a light has appeared at the end of the tunnel. The perception that political risk could deter mining investment in Latin America remains mostly flat regarding the region overall, while respondents expressed a slightly less fervent belief that community conflicts will hit mining investment. Peru was voted the best mining investment destination in the region.

ICT Survey 2017
Regional

ICT Survey 2017

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The content team at BNamericas receives a lot of press releases, and press stories even, that only give one side of the story: an SDN solution that has generated ROI for a single customer; one supplier's increased sales despite the weak economic environment; successful use of Big Data solutions to target services for a particular client type; etc. Our intention with this survey is to obtain a big picture assessment of the climate implied by these individual stories, and also ascertain whether the perception of this climate has changed since the previous year's survey. We divide respondents into operator, supplier and analyst camps, and filter the results to see if the different camps have differing views.

Mining Outlook 2017: Riding Out the Bottom
Argentina,Bolivia,...

Mining Outlook 2017: Riding Out the Bottom

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While 2017 is set to open with metal prices at significantly higher levels than a year earlier, persistent uncertainty around global economic growth is keeping many mining companies and investors in wait-and-see mode. Prices are not expected to rise much in 2017, but there is a hope that they will consolidate, forming a basis for the beginning of the end of the mining industry's spending freeze. Meantime, miners will continue to optimize operations and projects to increase productivity and improve economics. In Latin America, some countries are in a better position to improve their mining investment attractiveness than others.

Electric Power Outlook 2017: New Opportunities amid an Uneven Recovery
Argentina,Brazil,...

Electric Power Outlook 2017: New Opportunities amid an Uneven Recovery

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Most outlooks cautiously predict that economies in Latin America and the Caribbean will begin to gradually pick up in 2017. This should provide a boost to electricity demand, which closely tracks the region's economic health, but the recovery is likely to be uneven, given that certain countries have fared far worse than others. Even as electricity consumption has cooled off in the last few years, activity in the Latin American power industry has not stagnated. The region is bringing new capacity online and expanding, sometimes belatedly, its electrical grids to accommodate the new generators. Renewable energy sources, wind and solar in particular, continue to break new ground and will likely be a major focus on the 2017 energy agenda's of many Latin American governments.