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Latin American Economy & Business - January 2019

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The end of the commodities boom in 2012-2013 triggered five years of slower growth in Latin America and prompted fears that poverty would once more increase...
Regional Economy Review
December and January have seen a wide range of estimates, forecasts, and speculations about the economic outlook for Latin America in 2019...
The death of 91 people from a fuel pipeline explosion on 18 January in Tlahuelipan, Hidalgo state, has highlighted the risks of the government’s campaign against fuel theft...
The country is suffering the worst economic crisis in a generation...
The good news is that Argentina is on track to meet its fiscal deficit-reduction targets agreed with the IMF...
The São Paulo Bovespa stock index is one of the best performing in the world in 2019...
On Sunday 20 January President Jair Bolsonaro took a flight to Davos for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum...
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The new government has begun to reveal its ideas for tackling the most pressing problem weighing on Brazil’s public finances: pension reform...
The prospect of an early election in Guyana following a motion of no-confidence that was tabled by the opposition on 21 December has raised uncertainties about the likely policy stance that the next administration will adopt...
Central Bank data confirms that oil production remained lacklustre in late-2018...
The authorities are seeking to use the stock exchange as a way of raising funds for national infrastructure projects, in a bid to reduce pressure on government spending and enable a continued fall in public debt...
Regional Business Review
According to hydrocarbons minister Luis Sánchez, Bolivia has discovered a “sea of gas” in the Subandino Sur, part of the Huamampampa Profundo formation that stretches across the departments of Santa Cruz, Chuquisaca, and Tarija...
E-commerce is set to grow dramatically in Latin America, despite a range of bureaucratic and logistical obstacles...
Copper production and export earnings look set to increase this year, despite worries over China and the state of the global economy...
Until January 2018, Fleet Admiral Eduardo Bacellar Leal Ferreira commanded the Brazilian Navy...

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