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Infrastructure Survey 2019
Argentina,Bolivia,...

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Participants of BNamericas' Infrastructure Survey 2019 are generally optimistic that the year ahead presents ample opportunity for investment, while at the same time keeping a close eye on the problem of corruption, which in many countries is considered the biggest obstacle to development. There were also important shake-ups in the perception regarding the investment climate in certain countries, with greater confidence shown in Brazil and less in Argentina, for example. Most respondents do not expect public infrastructure budgets to vary greatly in 2019, underscoring the continued criticality of PPPs in the drive to close Latin America's significant infrastructure gap.

Electric Power Survey 2019
Regional

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Latin America's electric power industry is undergoing a profound transformation process that is shaking its foundations. As in past years, BNamericas conducted a survey of the sector's players to understand their vision of the business and identify the forces driving these changes, as well as challenges and opportunities that have arisen.

Mining Survey 2019
Argentina,Bolivia,...

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The global mining industry's priorities are slowly shifting as companies start to put more emphasis on the future. This year's survey shows an increasing focus on growth, balanced with the need to continue to prioritize operational optimization. M&A activity is expected to increase, while the majority of participants plan to maintain or increase spending in 2019. The survey also covers political and social risk in the region, and important changes are apparent in the sentiment toward the leadership changes that have taken place in a number of jurisdictions. Half of respondents believe social risk in the region as a whole could deter mining investment, though the results vary greatly at the country level. Check out the report to see which countries are considered to have the best investment climates for mining in Latin America.

Oil and Gas Survey 2019
Regional

Oil and Gas Survey 2019

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As in the surveys of the past two years, prospects for the oil and gas industry in Latin America and the Caribbean continue to be favorable in 2019. These expectations are supported by stable or upward price forecasts, projections of increased investments, greater merger and acquisition activity, improvements in the regulatory landscape and greater access to financing.

We Ask the Experts: ICT Trends in Latin America
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We Ask the Experts: ICT Trends in Latin America

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Latin America has always been on the receiving end of technological evolutions that have already run their course in other parts of the world, often adapting them to its local quirks, frequently in unforeseeable ways. So while no-one can truly predict how the transition to 'digital transformation' or the 'fourth industrial revolution' will pan out in this region, we can at least ask about the implications of certain parts of the process. In this report, BNamericas targets consultants who routinely advise governments and enterprises on tech development, and drills down for their opinions on some of the more divisive issues.

Panama: Paradise Lost?
Panama

Panama: Paradise Lost?

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Panama's financial services sector is struggling to recover from the reputational hit of the Panama Papers. The old days of easy profits may be gone, but new opportunities in trade finance and fintech await.

Mining Outlook 2019: Time to Take Positions
Argentina,Brazil,...

Mining Outlook 2019: Time to Take Positions

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With metal prices unlikely to stage major change and persistent concern about global economic growth and commodities demand, 2019 is likely to be a flat year for the mining sector in terms of earnings and spending. Many operators will remain focused on optimization, protecting balance sheets and returning cash to shareholders rather than growth. But the last several years of scant exploration spending has come to bear and mining companies are looking for ways to get ahold of top quality assets, with more M&A and earn-in agreements likely in 2019. This could provide sustenance to select juniors, while traditional financing will remain tough. A drive for new discoveries could bring some attention back to Latin America, a region where social and regulatory risk will feature as perhaps the number one challenge in the year ahead.

Outlook 2019: Planned Investments to Meet Growing Transport Needs
Argentina,Brazil,...

Outlook 2019: Planned Investments to Meet Growing Transport Needs

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Latin America's infrastructure sector is optimistic about the upcoming year, with transport project investments ratified by new governments, albeit with one notable exception, and growing demand from passengers that remains unmet despite economic stability and even growth. New PPPs, consolidated assets, and an increasing focus on the semi-abandoned railway mode loom on the horizon, while additional metro lines and airport projects round out the positive outlook.

Electric Power Outlook 2019: Winds of change blowing through Latin America
Banking Outlook 2019: A Region in Transition
Regional

Banking Outlook 2019: A Region in Transition

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The region's financial institutions are in a position to benefit from an expected uptick in economic growth and diminishing uncertainty, with key elections now in the rearview mirror. With analysis, data and forecasts, BNamericas tells you what to expect in Latin America's markets this coming year.

Oil & Gas Outlook 2019: New hope despite uncertainty
Regional

Oil & Gas Outlook 2019: New hope despite uncertainty

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With new governments in Mexico and Brazil, presidential elections in Argentina and Bolivia that could change perspectives for their respective hydrocarbon industries, and high political volatility in Venezuela, Latin America's oil and gas sector is set for an intense 2019. These expectations have been reinforced further in recent weeks by strong fluctuations in crude oil prices.

ICT Outlook 2019: All Eyes on 5G

ICT Outlook 2019: All Eyes on 5G

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Latin American mobile operators are expected to start upgrading their networks to 5G in 2020, a development that has potential to change the way many businesses operate, not just telcos. This is a kingpin behind the ongoing digital transformation that has been the buzz word in recent years, and sets the tone for 2019, as governments and operators alike maneuver to free up the necessary spectrum and update legislation to enable new services, or new ways of delivering established services.

Chile Launches New Institutions, Projects to Drive Infrastructure Development

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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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

What’s the Future for Natural Gas in 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
Regional

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.