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Chile Launches New Institutions, Projects to Drive Infrastructure Development

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Thanks to institutional advances and the extensive investment plan in infrastructure launched by the current administration of Sebastián Piñera, the Chilean model of public-private partnerships should start to be attractive once again. Certainly, industry players seem more optimistic than in previous years. But there are challenges. Read this report for more.

A Silver Lining Within LatAm's Cyberattack Cloud
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Both developed and developing countries are at risk, and security breaches this year in Chile and Mexico have thrust the issue into the limelight - and sharpened the focus of policymakers, regulators and the private sector on the issue of cybersecurity.

What’s the Future for Natural Gas in Bolivia?
Bolivia

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After seeing an uptick in 2015, the production of hydrocarbons in Bolivia has fallen ever since, which opens up new questions about whether the country can meet export commitments with Brazil and Argentina. Read this report to understand the state of natural gas, and oil, in Bolivia.

How China Could Dominate the LatAm Tech Sector
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How China Could Dominate the LatAm Tech Sector

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Chinese tech giants like Alibaba and Tencent can easily acquire firms and their patents all over the world, or China's fast-growing startup ecosystem could lead to new business ideas with global appeal. Either way, Latin America's tech services market is likely to be touched more and more by China's influence.

Can Latin America Sustain its Solar Surge?
Argentina,Brazil,...

Can Latin America Sustain its Solar Surge?

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Solar growth has been strong in the region's major markets Chile, Brazil and Mexico, but transmission constraints, a lack of financing and political and policy uncertainty may mean that the growth surge slows in the short term.

Copper in Latin America: Great Expectations
Argentina,Bolivia,...

Copper in Latin America: Great Expectations

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The global copper market is facing a looming deficit that is expected to drive prices higher within a few years, a boon for existing operations that is also leading to a new drive in copper-focused mining investment in Latin America and around the world. Challenges abound, including declining ore grades and earning and maintaining a social license to operate, and a lack of construction-ready projects will limit near-term spending to some extent. But as copper prices consolidate, miners will have greater leeway to dust off initiatives that stalled during the low-price cycle and to approach the in-country complications presented by each jurisdiction. The report also includes data on Latin American copper production trends, an outlook on the copper market, and details of key projects in Chile, Peru, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Panama and Ecuador.

Unlocking Infrastructure Investment and Financing in Latin America
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Unlocking Infrastructure Investment and Financing in Latin America

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Some of the largest economies in Latin America are dusting off infrastructure megaprojects that had been put on hold due to the corruption scandal of Odebrecht or falling commodity prices in order to kick-start investments, improve competitiveness and people's quality of life.

Rising Air Traffic in LatAm Requires More and Better Airports
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Rising Air Traffic in LatAm Requires More and Better Airports

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Latin America is set to triple its volume of air passenger traffic in 25 years. Current airport capacity is severely lacking and the region needs more than US$50 billion in new investment to meet demand through 2040. Read this report to understand current plans and to see what needs to be done in Latin America to meet airport needs.

Jump-Starting the Agtech Scene in Latin America

Jump-Starting the Agtech Scene in Latin America

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Much as mining firms are building private mobile networks across their operations as the basis for IoT platforms, farmers can also reap benefits from deploying connectivity across their fields. Tech suppliers talk about connected farm machinery, sensors in the field to monitor crop health, and even connected livestock - all of which can be accessed remotely if connected to the cloud. As Latin American governments continue to run universal access programs targeting rural areas, the application of ICT in farming is looking more and more feasible all the time.

Chile's Power Sector in Rapid Evolution
Chile

Chile's Power Sector in Rapid Evolution

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The energy sector in Chile is experiencing a profound process of transformation, which largely is in line with the process of energy transition that the planet is experiencing, although it also has its own characteristics. Read this report for everything on the Chilean electric power segment.

Will the New Hydrocarbons Law Turn Around the Peruvian Oil Sector?
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Will the New Hydrocarbons Law Turn Around the Peruvian Oil Sector?

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There is a degree of confidence that the new hydorcarbons law to be debated shortly in Peru's congress will clear up some of the uncertainties that have slowed investment decisions. Along with the change in the regulatory framework, the hydrocarbons sector also expects the modernization of the Nor Peruano Pipeline and the completion of the Sur Peruano Gas Pipeline (GSP), two works that could unlock a series of other projects. Read this report to understand the state of Peru's oil and gas industry

Mining in Brazil: Breaking New Ground

Mining in Brazil: Breaking New Ground

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A series of new regulations and rising global metals prices are set to spur investment in Brazil's mining sector. The result of the October presidential election should resolve current political uncertainty and speed up sector growth.

AMLO's Plans for Mexico's Oil & Gas Sector
Mexico

AMLO's Plans for Mexico's Oil & Gas Sector

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Mexico's president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) faces many challenges in the oil sector, such as how to increase production, fuel processing and reduce gasoline imports, without sacrificing exports, a valuable source of government revenue. There is also a lot of doubt about how he will achieve these aims in the context of the energy reform he has often criticized. Read this report for more.

Brazil: Infrastructure Key Topic in Uncertain Election
Brazil

Brazil: Infrastructure Key Topic in Uncertain Election

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In Brazil around 7,000 infrastructure projects are stalled. Whoever wins the October elections will encounter numerous institutional, regulatory and budgetary challenges to get them moving. But what are the candidates saying about infrastructure? Read this report to find out.

How Peru's Financial Services Industry Weathers Political Storms
Peru

How Peru's Financial Services Industry Weathers Political Storms

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The Peruvian financial services industry is making a strong comeback this year despite major corruption scandals that led to the resignation of the country's president and the ousting of the justice minister. In this Intelligence Series report, we look at the fundamentals of the industry, as well as its near-term and future outlook.

Bright Ideas? AMLO's Electric Power Plans
Mexico

Bright Ideas? AMLO's Electric Power Plans

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Mexico's president-elect has given out mixed signals for the electricity sector, while his pick for the head of state utility CFE has provoked surprise and controversy.

Convergent Services in Argentina: Ironing Out the Last Few Wrinkles
Argentina

Convergent Services in Argentina: Ironing Out the Last Few Wrinkles

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Argentine telcos suffered more than a decade with their telephony prices frozen, and could well have got used to having to wait for legislative change. However, in the blink of an eye (relatively speaking) telcos have been authorized to add TV services and the merger of Telecom and Cablevisión has been approved. Still under discussion are the promises of allowing DTH services for telcos and spectrum for co-operatives, and these processes are still battling the sluggishness that we are more familiar with. But it's often the case that a change in one plane forces us to treat other areas differently, and the Telecom-Cablevisión merger could be one such lens in this market. And despite impressive service penetration levels in major conurbations, the government continues to address the task of connecting provincial towns through Arsat and improving ICT literacy across the population.

AMLO: Friend or Foe for Mining in Mexico?
Mexico

AMLO: Friend or Foe for Mining in Mexico?

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Mexico's left-wing president-elect Andrés López, or AMLO, will take the reins at a key moment for the country's mining industry, with a metals price-driven rebound beginning to gain traction. The Morena party leader's landslide election victory was driven by pledges to help the poor and tackle corruption. How he seeks to achieve these goals, coupled with his approach to areas such as workers' rights, the environment, security and taxes, will have a major bearing on the trajectory of Mexico's nascent mining recovery.

New Investment Opportunities in Highways in Latin America
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New Investment Opportunities in Highways in Latin America

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There are road opportunities in stable, mature markets with good investment climates, such as Colombia, Mexico and Chile today, but Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay and Argentina are also opening up with new projects and regulatory plans. Read this report for details.

Take Advantage: Newly Launched Investment Incentives in LatAm Energy
Argentina,Bolivia,...

Take Advantage: Newly Launched Investment Incentives in LatAm Energy

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Gas Energy Latin America (GELA) in this report for Business News Americas, analyzes and details the investment opportunities that could be realized in the next two to three years, based on the new incentives and privatization processes, sales of assets and formation of public-private partnerships in seven main economies in Latin America.