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FEB

2017

Wind Power in Latin America

MAR

2017

Natural Gas Generation in Latin America

APR

2017

Country Overview: Argentina

Argentina

MAY

2017

Transmission in Latin America

FEB

2017

Gold in Latin America

Regional

MAR

2017

Country Overview: Argentina

Argentina

APR

2017

Country Overview: Peru

Peru

MAY

2017

Copper in Latin America

Regional

JUN

2017

Country Overview: Mexico

Mexico

FEB

2017

MVNOs

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

FEB

2017

Banking Reform in Major Markets

MAR

2017

Country Overview: Argentina

Argentina

APR

2017

Corporate Governance

MAY

2017

Bond Markets in Latin America

JUN

2017

Country Overview: Brazil

Brazil

FEB

2017

Water Management in Latin America

MAR

2017

Metros in Latin America

APR

2017

Country Overview: Brazil

Brazil

MAY

2017

Country Overview: Argentina

Argentina

JUN

2017

Country Overview: Mexico

Mexico

FEB

2017

Country Overview: Colombia

Colombia

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

In Search of the MVNO Magic Formula
Regional

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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

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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

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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.

Infrastructure Outlook 2017: Large Projects, Welcoming Governments to Set Tone

Infrastructure Outlook 2017: Large Projects, Welcoming Governments to Set Tone

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Various investment programs and the increasingly warm welcome given to the private sector through the perfecting of public-private partnership models will open up business opportunities in 2017 in Latin America that will be difficult for infrastructure companies to resist, especially in transport. This report looks at the major infrastructure markets in Latin America and highlights the major trends, opportunities and challenges the region faces in the sector in 2017.

Latin America Banking Outlook 2017: A Timid Recovery
Regional

Latin America Banking Outlook 2017: A Timid Recovery

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Following a decade of strong economic growth during which Latin American banks rapidly expanded lending to both companies and individuals, the region has faced a market slowdown in recent years. Economic and political crises pushed major markets Brazil and Argentina into recession in 2016, while the fall in global commodities prices has negatively affected raw materials exporters such as Chile, Colombia and Peru, contributing to a reduction in private investment and pressuring government spending. The weakening of local currencies against the dollar has also contributed to inflationary pressures in recent years in major Latin American markets. In general terms, Latin American banks have addressed this changing scenario well, taking measures to protect asset quality and reducing loan growth, particularly to higher-risk segments. Nevertheless, lower growth and increased provisioning requirements has pressured profitability levels. For 2017, expectations of a return to economic growth in Brazil and Argentina, a mild improvement in countries such as Colombia and Peru and falling inflationary pressures are fueling expectations of a timid recovery in credit growth for banks following a significant slowdown in 2016.

Oil & Gas Outlook 2017: A New Regulatory and Fiscal Approach
Regional

Oil & Gas Outlook 2017: A New Regulatory and Fiscal Approach

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Next year is expected to see the long-awaited rebalancing of the global oil market. Attempts by OPEC member countries to end the pumping craze that led to the collapse in prices in mid-2014, together with the projected drop next year in unconventional oil production in the US, could mark a turning point. There is thus a sense of moderate optimism in Latin America, although there will be marked differences according to the realities of each country. New governments and regulatory changes could have the biggest impact on the industry in Latin America in 2017.

Telecom Outlook 2017: All Aboard the Digital Transformation Bandwagon
Regional

Telecom Outlook 2017: All Aboard the Digital Transformation Bandwagon

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Although governments in Latin America are working hard to ensure universal access to the internet, it is striking to think that in the not too distant future there will be people in the region who have not yet been online, but will nevertheless work in environments where their tools or vehicles are connected. The precursors of this vision are already in place in Latin America, where operators already provide M2M platforms and 4G networks, and governments promote smart city initiatives. The exciting thing is that while it is existing internet coverage that makes the internet of things (IoT) possible, the new service possibilities give governments and operators even more reason to increase coverage. A lot of the developments expected in 2017 are geared towards that scenario. So while it was smartphones, "shared economy" services and Pokemon Go that shaped 2016, they are probably just a foretaste of the changes that the digital economy promises for 2017.

Will the New Government in Peru Provide Anticipated Boost to Transport PPPs?
Peru

Will the New Government in Peru Provide Anticipated Boost to Transport PPPs?

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Peru's new president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, has pledged to speed up investment in transport infrastructure in order to boost the country's economy. The government has set a goal of growing at least 5% in the coming years. The incorporation of private capital through public-private partnerships (PPP) is key to hitting infrastructure goals, as this report details.