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ANNUAL CALENDAR

  • Electric Power
  • Mining & Metals
  • ICT
  • Banking
  • Infrastructure
  • Oil & Gas

OCT

2017

Country Overview: Brazil

Brazil

NOV

2017

Electric Power Outlook 2018

DEC

2017

Electric Power Survey 2018

OCT

2017

Country Overview: Chile

Chile

NOV

2017

Mining Outlook 2018

Regional

OCT

2017

Country overview Peru

Peru

NOV

2017

Expert Survey

DEC

2017

Telecom Survey

OCT

2017

Political Risk

NOV

2017

Risk Outlook

OCT

2017

Country Overview: Chile

Chile

NOV

2017

Outlook 2018

DEC

2017

Infrastructure Survey 2018

OCT

2017

Refineries in Latin America

NOV

2017

Oil & Gas Outlook 2018

DEC

2017

Oil & Gas Survey 2018

Latin American Ports: Opportunities Amid Economic Slowdown
Regional

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This report looks at the state of ports in the region, taking a close look at large projects and those areas where new port capacity is needed. It also looks at examples of port failures and shows us what to expect in the coming years.

Colombia ICT: On a Roll
Colombia

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Any tech event in the last couple of years will have had a number of speakers referring to 'the fourth industrial revolution' to describe how practically every industry is applying the concept of digital transformation to become more competitive. It was surely just a matter of time before it would occur to government officials to wonder whether the idea could be applied to an entire country, and in Latin America Colombia appears to be among the first to make that connection. Thus, Colombia's government dubbed as "Colombia 4.0" its recent trade fair targeting the digital content industry, accompanied by suggestions that Colombia could become the regional leader in this field. And content is just one element of a digital agenda that continues to evolve year to year. This report looks at the progress made so far in the national digital agenda and the subtle improvements planned for the next few years.

Mining in Brazil: Recovery Underway but Political Tensions Still Simmer
Brazil

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Brazilian politics are in turmoil but the government is determined to push through key changes to the mining code and royalty scheme in an effort to attract investment and boost revenue. While there are signs of reactivation at projects, it remains to be seen whether the changes - and tentatively improving metal markets - will succeed in boosting activity.

Ecuador's New Government Seeks Private Investment in Transport Infrastructure
Junior Mining: Light in the Tunnel or Another False Start?
Argentina,Brazil,...

Junior Mining: Light in the Tunnel or Another False Start?

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Metal commodity prices have increased significantly over the last 18 months but are still far short of the highs enjoyed at the height of the commodities boom. And while junior financing and exploration activity have seen marked improvements, the mood is sober as companies wait for stronger signs of a market comeback. Latin America remains the global region receiving the most exploration investment, and while the more established jurisdictions, such as Chile and Peru, are the favorites, political changes have reduced the perceived risk and could spur exploration in Argentina and Ecuador.

Cloud Services: Hybrid in More Ways than One
Brazil,Regional

Cloud Services: Hybrid in More Ways than One

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Although the notion of hybrid cloud services has been around for many years, tech firms still talk about the need to educate Latin American companies about the concept and its advantages. And this need has becomes more pressing as the technology has evolved, bringing even more benefits and advantages. Gartner has reported that globally, data center operators have been cutting their prices by roughly 10% per year, all the time making the option more affordable for SMEs, which are still wary of turning to the cloud. In this report, BNamericas describes how Latin America is up to speed with the latest trends in cloud technology, even if network readiness and enterprise education are still lacking.

Social Infrastructure in LatAm and Private Participation
Regional

Social Infrastructure in LatAm and Private Participation

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In Latin America, private investment in social infrastructure - hospitals, schools, prisons, social housing and public buildings, among others - has been slow to develop. Read this report to find out about new advances in the region in social infrastructure projects.

Mexico Continues Process of Change in its Oil Sector
Mexico

Mexico Continues Process of Change in its Oil Sector

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Production continues to decline in Mexico. However, there are signs that this will change soon. The success of Round 1 and the three Round 2 auctions called by hydrocarbons regulator CNH in the last two years augers well for an increase in production as these projects mature. Read this report for an update on energy reform and what to expect in the oil sector in the year leading up to next year's presidential elections in Mexico.

How Chile is Working to Make ICT a Way of Life
Chile

How Chile is Working to Make ICT a Way of Life

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Chile's telecom regulator Subtel is presiding over LatAm regulators' association Regulatel during 2017, and has said that the emphasis will be on international roaming agreements, evolution towards a single digital market and economic development through technology. On home turf the latter point is particularly salient, with Subtel recently launching a national R&D unit, and working closely with organizations like País Digital and Corfo in promoting ICT strategies for industries and ministries. In this respect the country's 2020 Digital Agenda has succeeded in bringing all relevant stakeholders together, which sets an optimistic precedent for future iterations of the Agenda and the national ICT discussion in general.

Mining in Chile: Positioning for Recovery
Chile

Mining in Chile: Positioning for Recovery

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Mining projects in Chile are facing increasing scrutiny and declining grades, as well as price and legal uncertainty. The country has the world's biggest copper reserves and big potential to increase production of gold and lithium, but these challenges are keeping many investors on the sidelines. Mining companies are working to prepare projects and balance sheets for investment when investment conditions are right.

LatAm M&As on the Rise
Regional

LatAm M&As on the Rise

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After two years that saw dropping values of M&A operations in Latin America, activity picked up moderately at the end of 2016, a trend that has strengthened this year. In the first four months of 2017, there were 668 transactions in the region, up 4.7% over the same period in 2016. Operations with disclosed values totaled US$14.6 billion, a year-on-year jump of 124%. Read this report for details on M&A trends in the region.

Mining in Peru: Prices, Politics and Communities Challenge Projects
Peru

Mining in Peru: Prices, Politics and Communities Challenge Projects

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Peru enjoyed strong growth in 2016, driven largely by booming copper production. While red metal output is forecast to continue expanding, the overall outlook is less jubilant for 2017. President Kuczynski is struggling to advance key reforms through the opposition-controlled congress and there is growing frustration over the cancellation of major infrastructure PPP contracts. These factors also threaten to stymie efforts to address social opposition to mining projects, while metal prices also must consolidate if the pipeline is to be developed.

Banks in Brazil: On the Mend
Brazil

Banks in Brazil: On the Mend

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Brazil is finally coming out of recession, but the road to recovery is long and complicated. In this report we describe credit trends in Brazil in recent years and look at the prospects for 2017 and 2018. In addition, we analyze the factors driving the profitability of the system and whether there will be changes in the coming years. Finally, we explain the change in role of public sector banks and how this impacts lending and profitability.

LatAm Bond Markets: Navigating Volatile Waters
Regional

LatAm Bond Markets: Navigating Volatile Waters

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This report describes the main trends in the bond market in Latin America. In addition, it presents analysis and projections regarding the opportunities and risks in countries in the region where bond issues are most frequent.

Natural Gas on Latin American Power Grids
Argentina,Bolivia,...

Natural Gas on Latin American Power Grids

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Since the early 2000s, natural gas has more than doubled its share of the Latin American power matrix. The fuel is used to generate more than one-quarter of the region's annual electricity supply and is the second-most prevalent source after hydroelectricity. This report will examine the latest trends, opportunities and challenges for gas-fired power plants in Latin America.

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

Gold Mining in Latin America: Time to Return to Growth?

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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?

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

Wind Power Keeps Growing in LatAm despite Economic Woes

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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.

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.

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.

Offshore: Slump Ending, Investment Returns
Regional

Offshore: Slump Ending, Investment Returns

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The combination of higher crude prices - after hitting a low of US$27/b in January last year, they are currently around US$55/b - and a reduction in exploration costs is bringing some of the shine back to offshore areas. Read this report to find out about what is happening offshore in oil and gas in Latin America.