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BNamericas' top insights of the week

Bnamericas Published: Friday, October 18, 2019
BNamericas' top insights of the week

In the last five days we saw many big stories and trends emerge in Latin America, from a huge M&A deal in the electric power sector in Chile to another big corruption scandal in Mexico. Meanwhile, the US and China walk towards a final truce in the trade war, but the damage to some Latin American economies is already done.

Take a look at our best stories of the week in the region's key topics. 

MACRO AND TRADE

Southern Cone struggling to fend off global economic slowdown

Speaking to BNamericas, Stantard & Poors managers for sovereign ratings in the Americas, Joydeep Mukherji and Lisa Schineller, analyzed the economic situation in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.

China and the US in Brazil: No need to compete

Brazil is uniquely positioned to benefit from US and Chinese economic growth.

Chilquinta deal shows renewed Chinese interest in big Chile acquisitions.

Experts consulted by BNamericas argue that a snowball effect is beginning to take shape as more and bigger transactions begin to attract the attention of both international investors and potential local sellers.

Why Latin American deal-making should bounce back in 2021

The M&A outlook is brighter compared with the forecast for 2020 although heightened levels of political risk remain.

Big issues business leaders will tackle at APEC 2019

As the clock ticks down to APEC 2019 – being held next month in Chile – BNamericas talks to Richard Von Appen, chairman of the global forum’s business advisory council, about trade tensions and more.

AMLO keeps USMCA hopes alive amid divisive US politics

Mexico's president expressed his optimism for quick passage of the USMCA trade agreement, touting new progress on reassuring US Democratic lawmakers over labor concerns. Even without passage of the agreement before next year's US elections, trade relations look to remain on track thanks to continued operation under the existing Nafta deal.

MINING

Leveraging tech to reduce mine vehicle accident risk

BNamericas talks to Cristián Barrientos, CEO of Chilean fleet management solutions firm Samtech, which recently won a contract with mining giant BHP.

Snapshot: Lithium M&A in Latin America

Russian and Chinese companies are eyeing projects in Chile, Argentina and Mexico.

Water scarcity 'not the challenge' for Chile's mining industry

The mining industry reused 72.1% of water last year, according to the government.

Uranium mining: Brazil must evolve - but cautiously

BNamericas talks to Carlos Freire, head of state-run nuclear company INB, about the measures necessary to make Brazil an international uranium player.

OIL

Has the 'Odebrecht Moment' arrived for Pemex and Mexico?

Amid a swarm of investigations, the resignation of Pemex's labor union boss on Wednesday is just the latest in a series of bombshell developments related to alleged massive corruption at the state oil giant.

Oil sector set to be the bright spot of Bolsonaro's first year

With no signs of major economic recovery in Brazil this year, revenues from a November auction of oil production areas will come as a welcome relief for public finances.

Mexico sees long-term commitment to deepwater PPPs

Mexico's finance minister Arturo Herrera announced that Pemex had boosted production levels by more than 100,000b/d this year thanks to capital injections and government efforts to prop up the state oil company, but he also restated the fundamental nature of long-term private sector involvement in deepwater projects, and hailed the first signs of commercial success in that arena.

How rapid energy sector transformation will impact Brazil

The fast growth in demand for clean energy is putting reinvention pressure on Brazilian energy giant Petrobras.

Spotlight: A look at 11 gas pipeline projects in Brazil

BNamericas takes a close look at pipeline projects that have either been outlined or announced by companies that operate in the Brazilian market.

ELECTRIC POWER

Proposed power generation rules threaten Brazil solar investments

Investors say the new regulation would drastically slow down the development of solar power projects.

NEW REPORT: Iberdrola seizing Latin American expansion opportunities

The Spanish firm is ramping up its operations in Brazil and Mexico, capitalizing on growing electricity consumption in both countries  

The priority energy projects for Argentina's next government

A dearth of investments in key areas of the electric power and hydrocarbon segments will dictate the incoming administration's energy policy agenda, according a BNamericas Intelligence Series report.

TECH

Why instability in Latin America is fertile ground for digital transformation

IBM's Hanoi Morillo explains why macroeconomic instability in the region has created a population that is adept at rapidly adapting to new circumstances and that could become leaders in digital transformation.

SoftBank’s long-term bet on Latin American innovation

The Japanese group became the rainmaker of the region's startups when it launched a US$5bn technology growth fund early in the year. BNamericas talks to managing partner Andy Freire about its investments, the focus on Brazil, Rappi and lessons learned from the troubled office space company WeWork.

INFRA

Chile wooing China with US$18bn in public sector projects

BNamericas spoke with the head of investment promotion agency InvestChile about efforts to attract Chinese investment in public sector projects.

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