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Caribbean & Central America - December 2018

Earlier this year the Guatemala-based think tank Central American Institute of Fiscal Studies (Icefi) released its tenth annual report entitled ‘Macrofiscal Profiles of Central America’, asserting that ongoing political instability has “complicated the fiscal situation” in the sub-region.

Caribbean & Central America - September 2018 (ISSN 1741-4458)

It has taken some ducking and weaving, along with tactical changes of political colours, but El Salvador’s most popular politician, Nayib Bukele, has ended up securing a place as one of the top three candidates in the race for the presidential elections due on 3 February 2019 – just under six months from now.

Caribbean & Central America - July 2018 (ISSN 1741-4458)

The Panamanian government has announced that it is considering a US$5.5bn project, in partnership with China, to build a 450km railway line up to the border with Costa Rica.

Caribbean & Central America - June 2018 (ISSN 1741-4458)

Famously, Guatemala’s President Jimmy Morales won the 2015 presidential elections on the slogan that he was neither corrupt not a thief (ni corrupto ni ladrón).

Caribbean & Central America - April 2018 (ISSN 1741-4458)

A regional policymaking institution, the Central American Institute of Fiscal Studies (Icefi), last year warned that, with huge development challenges such as poverty, income inequality and high violence and crime rates, it will be extremely difficult for Central American countries to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 without addressing its chronic fiscal problems and increasing public spending.

Caribbean & Central America - February 2018 (ISSN 1741-4458)

In recent years, the so-called Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador have taken key steps in fighting corruption and creating a culture of accountability.

Caribbean & Central America - January 2018 (ISSN 1741-4458)

The visit by Panama’s President Juan Carlos Varela to China in November 2017 was no ordinary state visit.