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Latin American Economy & Business - April 2019

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The US government is ratcheting up the pressure on the Venezuelan administration led by President Nicolás Maduro, cracking down on those international trading relationships that are perceived to sustain the Maduro government...
Regional Economy Review
It has been another torrid month for Mauricio Macri and Argentina’s beleaguered economy...
On 22 March, the presidents of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Peru, along with Guyana’s ambassador to Chile, met in Chile to inaugurate a new regional bloc, the Foro para el Progreso y Desarrollo de América Latina (Prosur)...
For those with an eye for economic contrasts, Latin America offers intriguing stories...
Despite their different political complexions, all Latin American governments are seeking a sometimes-elusive holy grail: export-led growth...
Laurentino ‘Nito’ Cortizo, a former legislator and agriculture minister (2004-2006), is leading the race in Panama’s presidential elections, which are due to be held on 5 May...
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Regional Business Review
Brazilian logistics company Rumo SA won the bid for the 30-year concession agreement on the North-South Trainline FNS in an auction that took place in São Paulo’s stock exchange, according to Brazil’s infrastructure ministry...
Achieving self-sufficiency in food production is one of the key aims of Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who named it as one of the 25 priorities for his term...
US President Donald Trump’s incendiary comments have once again alarmed both the Mexican authorities and cross-border investors...
Fears that the newly-installed Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) might seek to interfere in the financial sector appear to have been eased...

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